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”.
The session cited case studies and research papers that demonstrate how accredited certification, testing and inspection support cross-border trade, and pointed to how further examples could be found at the Public Sector Assurance website.
The session, which took place at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, attracted national trade officials, representatives from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and regulatory contacts.