In this issue
Two column articles
IAF Chair's Message
World Accreditation Day 2019
From the Secretariat
Recent IAF Publications
Secretariat Report
Videos from the 2019 IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings
International updates
The Role of International Organizations in a Rule-Based International System
Regional Updates
News From ARAC
News From EA
News from IAAC
IAF Committees
UAC Mid-Term Meeting Update
Update on the IAF Database of Accredited Certifications (IAF CertSearch)
Accreditation Updates
EIAC Leadership in the UAE and ARAC Region
Medappcare, the First European Certification Body to be Accredited in the Mobile Health Sector
Accreditation Supporting New Sectors in Egypt and Opting for a Strategic Cooperation with Europe
Launching of the Accreditation Program for Certification Bodies in Management Systems for Educational Organizations in Mexico
Accreditation in India Serving the Local Economy by Extending it International Recognition and Transferring Knowledge at the Regional Level for SAARC Economies
Accredited Certification, a Tool for the Development of International Trade
Stakeholder News
The Global Food Safety Initiative Celebrates World Food Safety Day with a New Video Series
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IAF Chair's Message
by Xiao Jianhua

IAF continues to look towards the future with the development of a new strategic plan.

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World Accreditation Day 2019

09 June 2019 marked World Accreditation Day, a global initiative established by ILAC and IAF to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme focused on how accreditation adds value to supply chains.

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Recent IAF Publications

IAF has published eight new and revised publicly available documents since the last edition of the IAF Newsletter. IAF documents are available free of charge in the Publications area of the IAF website.

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Secretariat Report

Membership continues to grow at an impressive rate. The number of IAF MoU members now totals 111, with 84 Accreditation Body Members, 21 Association Members, and six Regional Accreditation Group Members.

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Videos from the 2019 IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings

IAF and ILAC held their 2019 Mid-term meetings in Mexico City, Mexico from 04 – 11 April 2019. A set of videos was produced during the meetings detailing key outcomes of select IAF Committees and Working Groups, along with messages from the Chairs & Representatives of the Regional Accreditation Groups.

 

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The Role of International Organizations in a Rule-Based International System
 

The OECD recently published a brochure titled, “The Contribution of International Organisations to a Rule-Based International System: Key results from the partnership of international organisations for effective international rulemaking”, which highlights key features of the international rulemaking and standard-setting landscape, describes how international rulemaking functions, and explains the benefits of an IO Partnership.

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News From ARAC
 

After much planning, successful ARAC Mid-Term meetings were held in Dubai from 03 to 07 March 2019, hosted by the Emirates International Accreditation Centre.

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News From EA
 

Hosted by ACCREDIA, the EA 43rd General Assembly in Rome on 22-23 May 2019 gathered 92 delegates from 45 EA National Accreditation Bodies, the European Commission, EFTA, and eight EA Recognized Stakeholder organizations.

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News from IAAC
 

IAAC held its beginning of the year meetings in Rio de Janeiro in March 2019. There was a good turnout of members which allowed for fruitful discussions.

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UAC Mid-Term Meeting Update
 

At the 17th User Advisory Committee meeting held in Mexico City, UAC Members agreed to host a series of panels with IAF and UAC member representatives serving as panelists at upcoming IAF member and non-member conferences.

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Update on the IAF Database of Accredited Certifications (IAF CertSearch)
 

Progress on the development of the IAF Database of Accredited Certifications (IAF CertSearch) continues, with development of the website and the all-important data collection.

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EIAC Leadership in the UAE and ARAC Region
 

Emirates International Accreditation Centre CEO, Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohamed, received the “Emirates Women Award 2019” for her outstanding performance in leadership, strategic and financial planning, community contributions, innovation, and career achievements.

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Medappcare, the First European Certification Body to be Accredited in the Mobile Health Sector
 

Certification of mobile health apps and websites is a new Cofrac accreditation scheme and the first of its kind in Europe. It constitutes a perfect demonstration of how accreditation can respond to the need for trust inherent in the development of new digital technologies.

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Accreditation Supporting New Sectors in Egypt and Opting for a Strategic Cooperation with Europe
 

EGAC participated as the sole Accreditation Body from Egypt in the Africa Food Manufacturing Exhibition. The Exhibition is considered to be one of the largest food processing and packaging exhibitions in Egypt and includes the latest developments in the industry, with the largest and most famous suppliers in the market and highlights the latest trends and innovations in the food industry.

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Launching of the Accreditation Program for Certification Bodies in Management Systems for Educational Organizations in Mexico

As the standardization and quality in education can make a better country and a better world, EMA has launched an accreditation program for Management Systems for Educational Organizations Certification Bodies.

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Accreditation in India Serving the Local Economy by Extending it International Recognition and Transferring Knowledge at the Regional Level for SAARC Economies

NABCB hosted the 6th meeting of the SAARC Expert Group on Accreditation 04 - 05 December 2018 in Goa, India, with financial and technical assistance from PTB, Germany. A two day training course on “Cooperation of Accreditation Bodies and Regulatory Bodies in SAARC Countries – Harmonized Approach to Advising Regulators” was held 06 - 07 December 2018, following the meeting.

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Accredited Certification, a Tool for the Development of International Trade
 

Trust is a crucial factor in global trade. ACCREDIA has released a new research publication titled, "International trade, the value of accreditation and standardization", which details how accredited certification is an important tool for market confidence in product characteristics and services.

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The Global Food Safety Initiative Celebrates World Food Safety Day with a New Video Series
 

The Global Food Safety Initiative, part of The Consumer Goods Forum, has launched two new video projects that bring together the expertise and dedication of GFSI's stakeholders, including voices from IAF.

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