Mr Ibrahim Rahini, from Helmand province, has become the first farmer in the country to achieve this for his top quality anaesthetic products. Although only a small family organisation, it took 2 years of bribes to join some of the best pharmaceutical companies in the world in achieving ISO9001 status. Widely regarded as essential in the modern western economy, this well respected QA (Quality Assurance) standard gives his customers the reassurance that his product is not only top quality but has full traceability back to source and includes a comprehensive customer complaints system.
Mr Rahini said that he had been encouraged by both US and British army workers to widen his horizons in order to enter the fiercely competitive world of the international drugs market. His new QMS (Quality Management System) is fully computerised, all products are barcoded as they are picked, and he has integrated ordering and invoicing to ensure complete supply chain management, all via the computers in the main US base in Kandahar. Orders placed today can be despatched via huge C-17 transports within hours, direct to the main distribution depots in the US. “The army taught me everything” he said, “it really is just like Catch-22”.
As well as routine on-site process control, his testing regime includes continuous monitoring via his brother Abdullah who runs the cafe in the local souk. Any product defects can then be stopped going into the main supply route and instead be sold via Pakistan disguised as grapes or cattle feed.
Having never widely used explosives on his farm (well not in the fields), he next intends to apply for “Red Tractor Assurance”, “Certified Naturally Grown” and “Guaranteed Organic, GM free” from the Soil Association.