The Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria has said the existing personalised plastic/rubber stamp which is currently in use will become invalid as from 1st October 2023.

Speaking at the public presentation of the Practice License Stamp in Yaba, Lagos, Registrar, IPAN, Mr Aliyu Angara, said the institute was committed to reshaping the landscape of the analytical laboratory sector and raising the bar of excellence to unprecedented heights.

He added that the introduction of PLS would enhance transparency, accountability, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Angara complained that the menace of both internal and external quackery had cast a shadow on the profession, saying IPAN was greatly perturbed by the activities of the quacks regarding the misuse of personalised Professional Rubber Stamps currently in use.

He said, “We have remarkable strides for the extraordinary potential that the Practice License Stamp holds in revolutionising our profession and industry. The existing personalised plastic/rubber stamp which is currently in use shall become invalid as from 1st October 2023. Accordingly, there is a one-month moratorium (1st to 30th September 2023) during which it will be used side by side with the new PLS.”

He explained that PLS were not just mere symbols; but they are an unmistakable mark of authenticity, a beacon that guides clients and the public toward the trusted hands of genuine professionals.

“Rest assured, dear stakeholders, that we have meticulously designed the guidelines for the usage of the PLS as well as the existing Registered Laboratory Stamp to combat or eliminate any potential for all forms of quackery,” he said.

President of the Society of Testing Laboratory Analysts of Nigeria, Prof. Olugbenga Ogunmoyela, said, “Let us embrace continuous learning and hold ourselves accountable to the highest ethical standards. Together we can contribute to the growth of our economy while safeguarding the interest of other stakeholders.”

Former chairman of IPAN, Balogun Sanni, said the essence of the PLS was to ensure that the confidence the public had in the government was not eroded.

Director, Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology, Iyabo Philips, said, “Most of the quacks we are talking about are among us. They are among the public analysts because they try to form someone else’s signature and stamp, and that’s what the institute is trying to eliminate.”

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