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Closer Cooperation
Accredited certification delivers real added value
World Accreditation Day - June 9th 2012
Cgcre hosts IAF/ILAC Joint General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New CASCO Publications due in 2012
Medical Device Regulators show an interest in IAF based accreditation for ISO 13485
Message from the PAC secretariat
Communication key to EA future development
News from EA and its Committees
News from IAAC
Development of New Accreditation Services in Hong Kong
Poland (PCA) kicks off its World Accreditation Day activities
Accreditation continues to gain Regulatory recognition in Dubai
SANAS’s support for South Africa’s Industrial Policy Framework
Closing the U.S. Skills Gap: ANSI Joint Member Forum Focuses on Building Economic Growth through a Quality Workforce
The role of ACCREDIA, the Italian Accreditation Body, in the mandatory sector
Cgcre´s end user satisfaction survey
Mauritas provides Food Safety and Information Security Accreditation workshops

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Message from the PAC secretariat

Invitation to PAC Annual Meetings – Hong Kong - June 2012.

I am pleased to invite you to the PAC Plenary meetings, to be held in Hong Kong, China, from 16 – 23 June 2012. The meetings will be hosted by HKAS.

The program contains a good mix of presentations, training, review of technical issues and open discussion. A Seminar entitled “The Emerging Trend of Accreditation and Certifications” will start the week’s activities, covering subjects such as the Benefit of MLAs to Business, Accreditation and Market Access in Europe, the Certification Industry in Hong Kong, HACCP, ISMS, Green Certification, The Chinese Medicine trade, GHG accreditation and verification. Speakers include representatives of PAC, EA and various Hong Kong certification bodies and regulators.

The following training activities will be held in conjunction with the meetings:

  • A Trainee Peer Evaluator Workshop on 16 and 17 June – open to recognised trainees from PAC and other regional groups.
  • An Introduction to PAC and APLAC for new and prospective members of PAC, also on 16 and 17 June. This course is sponsored by PTB, who will provide Dr Manfred Kindler as one of the trainers.
  • ISO/IEC 17021 training course on 21 June – open to all participants
  • Experienced PE workshop on the morning of 22 June – open to team members and team leaders from PAC and regional groups.

PAC standing committees will also meet during the week, with attendance open to all delegates (except where noted on the program).

The Website for the meetings has been launched. The URL is: and registrations are now open.


We extend a warm welcome to all our friends in the accreditation and conformity assessment communities to join us in Hong Kong and we look forward to meeting you and your colleagues in June.

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