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A Look Back
A Look Forward
Promoting Accreditation at the WTO
WSC Workshop on Conformity Assessment
Engaging with UNECE
IAF, ILAC, and UNIDO Launch New Publication for Developing Economies
Update from the IAF Technical Committee
The Voice of Industry
Joint Development Support Committee Update
Conformity Assessment Bodies Advisory Committee Update
Cofrac’s 7th Accreditation & Certifications Forum
Assuring Success - Reaching out to New Audiences
Recent IAF Publications
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Randy Dougherty
Randy Dougherty
A Look Back

I thank all of the Members of IAF for the privilege and honor of being able to serve you as Chair and President. It was one of the highlights of my professional career.

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Xiao Jianhua
Xiao Jianhua
A Look Forward

Two years ago, we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of IAF. We are very proud of the significant achievements IAF has made during these years.

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Promoting Accreditation at the WTO

IAF, in partnership with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC), hosted a workshop session at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public Forum in October. A common core principle of IAF, ILAC, and IIOC is to facilitate trade through the removal of technical barriers to trade through the global acceptance of certificates, and so the session was aligned to the umbrella theme of the conference; “Trade Works”.

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WSC Workshop on Conformity Assessment

IAF presented at a workshop organised jointly by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in December. Under the banner of the World Standards Cooperation (WSC), established in 2001 as a high-level group focusing on the common interests of the three world-wide international standards development organisations, the workshop was attended by manufacturers, regulators, and transition economy leaders.

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Engaging with UNECE

The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and IAF jointly presented the value of accreditation and the Arrangements at the twenty-fifth session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6).

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IAF, ILAC, and UNIDO Launch New Publication for Developing Economies

IAF, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the new joint publication, “Accreditation in Developing Economies”. It is an update of the 2003 Publication, “Laboratory Accreditation in Developing Economies”, and provides a clear and comprehensive description of considerations for, and the steps leading to, the establishment of Accreditation Bodies in developing countries.

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Ekanit Romyanon
Ekanit Romyanon
Update from the IAF Technical Committee

The Technical Committee (TC) met twice in 2015, on 11/12 April in Frankfurt, Germany and on 30/31 October in Milan, Italy. With support and active contribution from the Members, a number of projects have been successfully completed.

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Sheronda Jeffries
Sheronda Jeffries
The Voice of Industry

The User Advisory Committee (UAC) is comprised of industry and end-users of accredited conformity assessment, who were well represented at the IAF-ILAC Annual Meetings which occurred in Milan, Italy in October/November 2015.

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Joint Development Support Committee Update

The Joint Development Support Committee (JDSC) works with combined efforts from IAF and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). The most recent meeting was held in Milan, Italy, on 3 November 2015.

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Trevor Nash
Trevor Nash
Conformity Assessment Bodies Advisory Committee Update

Following its meeting in Frankfurt in April, the Conformity Assessment Bodies Advisory Committee (CABAC) sent a communiqué to the IAF Executive Committee (EC) regarding current issues and proposing some ways forward. The Committee was pleased to welcome Randy Dougherty, Xiao Jianhua, and Emanuele Riva to its meeting in Milan to discuss these issues.

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Cofrac’s 7th Accreditation & Certifications Forum

Held in Paris on November 9th 2015, the 7th Accreditation & Certifications Forum gathered together around a hundred representatives from Certification Bodies as well as members from Cofrac's boards. 

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Assuring Success - Reaching out to New Audiences

The publication of the new versions of the world’s most widely used management system standards – ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 – in September 2015 has provided a huge opportunity for the conformity assessment sector. With 1.4 million current accredited certificates for these two standards, at the least, those organisations already certified need to be taken through the great benefits of these revisions.

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Recent IAF Publications

IAF has published five new documents and ten revised documents since the last edition of IAF News, including three Policy Documents, one Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) Document, two Mandatory Documents, three Informative Documents, two Procedures Documents, one Communiqué, one IAF-ILAC Joint Publication, and two Documents for General Information. IAF documents are available free of charge in the Publications area of the IAF Website.

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