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2017 IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings
EMA Innovating in Accreditation for the Care of the Environment and Veterinary Medicine
IAF Members Sign MoU Supporting New International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF)
EA Supporting Ground-Breaking Trade Accord Between Canada and the European Union
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Ten Progressive Years of Sri Lanka Accreditation Board
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OECD and UNIDO Publications to Support Accreditation
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IAF Members Sign MoU Supporting New International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF)
The Italian National Accreditation Body (ACCREDIA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Entidad Mexicana de Acreditacion, a.c. (EMA) and National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) have recently signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) for the establishment of the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF), joining fellow IAF Members the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), Dubai Accreditation Center (DAC), General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE), Egyptian Accreditation Council (EGAC), Entidad Nacional de Acreditacion (ENAC), Gulf Cooperation Council Accreditation Center (GAC), Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

IHAF aims to harmonize conformity assessment practices in the Halal field and establish Multilateral Recognition Agreements among member bodies that will facilitate Halal trade globally. Halal products and services include food and beverages, cosmetics and personal care, pharmaceuticals, apparel, logistics, finance, tourism and hospitality, and more. Halal products are in high demand by various sectors, with stakeholders ranging from consumers, traders, manufacturers, and government. Halal accreditation bodies will serve to ensure safety and transparency in certifying and verifying Halal products, as demand for these products continues to grow.

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