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IAF Chair's Message
Secretariat Report
UNECE Trade Recommendations Reference Accreditation
Strong Progress on IAF Database
User Advisory Committee Update
3P-EVP – Third Party Effectiveness Verification Program
IAF Technical Committee Task Force OH&SMS for the Development of a new IAF-MD Based on the Mandatory Document EA-3/13 M
IQNet: The Value of the Implementation and Certification of Management Systems International Standards
Protecting and Promoting French Know-How: from Now on Manufactured Goods Are Eligible for Protected Indication
ANSI’s Vice President of Accreditation Services Presents at GFSI Conference
Original Exhibition in PCA
Philippines Celebrates World Accreditation Day
BSCA: A Step Towards Harmonization
NABET Update
EGAC Update
ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 Training Course for Mauritius Accreditation Service Assessors
DAC Makes Significant Progress on Regional & International Arenas in Q1
Innovating and Strengthening Areas in EMA
AFRAC Holds Training Workshop for its Peer Evaluators
ARAC Update
Highlights of the EA Certification Committee Meeting in March 2017
Many Decisions Taken to Enhance the EA Multilateral Agreement
Major milestones in EA and MLA scopes and standards at its 39th General Assembly


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Secretariat Report
IAF Membership

As of June 2017, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has 78 Accreditation Body Members, 18 Association Members, 6 Regional Accreditation Group Members, and one Observer organization. A list of current Members is available on the IAF website.

IAF MLA Signatories

The IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) currently has 63 signatories representing 58 economies. Total signatories for each scope are as follows:

Main scope:

Management Systems ISO/IEC 17021: 57 Accreditation Bodies and 3 Regional Accreditation Groups
Product ISO/IEC 17065: 56 Accreditation Bodies and 3 Regional Accreditation Groups
Persons ISO/IEC 17024: 23 Accreditation Bodies and 1 Regional Accreditation Group

Sub Scope Level 4:

GlobalG.A.P. IFA General Regulations: 30 Accreditation Bodies and 3 Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO/TS 22003: 12 Accreditation Bodies and 1 Regional Accreditation Group
ISO/IEC 27006: 4 Accreditation Bodies and 1 Regional Accreditation Group

Sub Scope Level 5:

ISO 9001: 57 Accreditation Bodies and 3 Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO 14001: 53 Accreditation Bodies and 3 Regional Accreditation Groups
GlobalG.A.P. IFA CPCCs: 30 Accreditation Bodies and 3 Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO 22000: 12 Accreditation Bodies and 1 Regional Accreditation Group
ISO/IEC 27001: 4 Accreditation Bodies and 1 Regional Accreditation Group

The scopes that each Accreditation Body or Regional Accreditation Group Member is a signatory for can be viewed on their individual pages on the IAF website.

IAF Meetings

The 2017 Joint IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings were held from 31 March – 07 April in Frankfurt, Germany and included meetings of the IAF Executive Committee, Technical Committee, MLA Committee, User Advisory Committee, Conformity Assessment Body Advisory Committee and a number of Task Forces and Working Groups.

An IAF Communications and Marketing/ILAC Marketing and Communications Committee meeting was subsequently held from March 14-16 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The next IAF-ILAC Joint Meetings will be held in Vancouver, Canada from 21-30 October 2017. These meetings will include the Annual IAF General Assembly, an IAF Board meeting and the Joint IAF-ILAC General Assembly.

The IAF Chair and IAF Secretary attended the Annual ISO/CASCO STAR, CPC and Plenary Meetings in Vancouver, Canada from April 24-28, 2017. The IAF Chair also attended the CASCO workshop.

Recent IAF Publications

IAF has published four revised documents since the last edition of the IAF Newsletter, including the following two IAF-ILAC Joint Publications (A-Series), one Document for General Information, and one Communiqué. IAF documents are available free of charge in the Publications area of the IAF website (iaf.nu).

IAF/ILAC A1:03/2017: IAF/ILAC Multi-Lateral Mutual Recognition Arrangements (Arrangements): Requirements and Procedures for Evaluation of a Regional Group
This document provides ILAC and IAF with requirements or criteria for evaluating Regional Groups for the purpose of recognition. The application date for this document is 21 March 2019.

IAF/ILAC A2:03/2017: IAF/ILAC Multi-Lateral Mutual Recognition Arrangements (Arrangements): Requirements and Procedures for Evaluation of a Single Accreditation Body
This document provides ILAC and IAF with a procedure for evaluating single Accreditation Bodies for the purpose of qualifying them to sign applicable multi-lateral mutual recognition Arrangement(s). The application date for this document is 21 March 2019.

IAF Public Document Responsibility (IAF-EC-11-11 Rev12)
This document lists the IAF Main Committee responsible for each publicly available IAF document. - May 2017

Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communiqué on the Management Systems Requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories - April 2017

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