The year 2011 is now well underway. We began the New Year with some wonderful and long-awaited news, that PAC is now registered as “Pacific Accreditation Cooperation Incorporated (PAC, Inc.)” in New Zealand under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. It was registered on the 6th of December 2010 and was publicly announced on the 18th of January 2011.
The PAC MLA programs have been actively growing over the past years. Out 28 full members, 17 accreditation bodies in total are now signatories for the QMS MLA, EMS MLA and / or Product MLA as of March 2011. PAC had previously decided to expand our MLA programs to FSMS, ISMS and Persons in cooperation with IAF. Members recently voted for the GHG MLA program to also be developed. The PAC Procedure for Extending Scope of the MLA was approved last year and, in line with the procedure, the PAC Technical Committee and MLA Group set up a joint WG for each new MLA program in order to foster their development. These are some good examples that PAC is always proactive and that cooperative work is the basis of PAC activities at all levels.
In the past 10 years, we have worked very hard to promote the third party conformity assessment scheme and to enhance its credibility. The effort has paid off in the large number of ISO 9001 / ISO14001 certificates in our economies. However, each PAC member economy also has further issues, including deterioration of the credibility of the scheme. We can overcome them by sharing information and working together with other PAC members. This will move us forward together and no one will be left behind.
The new Executive Committee was formed following elections at the Plenary meeting in Wellington, New Zealand in June 2010. Two key persons, the Chair of the Communication and Marketing Committee, and the PAC Quality Manager will also participate in the work of the EC. The EC will be working hard to bring further success and growth for PAC with continued commitment, contributions, and cooperation from all PAC members.
PAC would like to acknowledge the hard work and longstanding commitment of previous Chair, Elva Nilsen, and former TC Chair, Joan Brough-Kerrebyn, both of whom were very actively involved in the development and ongoing work of PAC since its formation in 1995. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
I am looking forward to seeing you all at the PAC 18th Plenary in Manila, the Philippines in June.