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Making Progress on Strategic Directions
Recent IAF Publications
Update from the IAF Technical Committee
Update from the IAF User Advisory Committee
2017 IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings
EMA Innovating in Accreditation for the Care of the Environment and Veterinary Medicine
IAF Members Sign MoU Supporting New International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF)
EA Supporting Ground-Breaking Trade Accord Between Canada and the European Union
News from ARAC
Certification Issues Considered in EA
New Managing Director of DAkkS
Ten Progressive Years of Sri Lanka Accreditation Board
Highlights of the 38th EA General Assembly
Workshop Demonstrates the Value of Standards and Accreditation in the Insurance Sector
Update on the ISO/CASCO 2016 Technical Work
OECD and UNIDO Publications to Support Accreditation
Celebration of World Accreditation Day 2016 by MAURITAS
ANSI–PAC Workshop Provides Stakeholder Insights and Overview of ISO/IEC 17065
News from BSCA
A New Associate Member in EA
Memorandum of Understanding Between EA and ETSI
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Xiao Jianhua
Xiao Jianhua
Making Progress on Strategic Directions

With the continual development of various IAF programs, the implementation of the IAF Strategic Plan (2015-2019) is critical for IAF to further meet the expectations of IAF Members and relevant parties.

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Recent IAF Publications

IAF has published two new document and three revised documents since the last edition of the IAF Newsletter, including one Policy Document, one Informative document, two Documents for General Information, and one Promotional Document. IAF documents are available free of charge in the Publications area of the IAF website (iaf.nu).

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Ekanit Romyanon
Ekanit Romyanon
Update from the IAF Technical Committee
In 2016, the IAF Technical Committee met twice, the first from 1-2 April 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, and the second from 28-29 October 2016 in New Delhi, India.
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Update from the IAF User Advisory Committee
The User Advisory Committee (UAC) under the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) structure is the interface/link between the market, and the committee that represents the industry and voices its expectations on the accreditation topics.
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2017 IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings
The International Accreditation Forum and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation will be holding their 2017 Joint Mid-Term Meetings in Frankfurt, Germany from 31 March – 07 April.
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EMA Innovating in Accreditation for the Care of the Environment and Veterinary Medicine
EMA has launched an accreditation scheme to certify Environmental Product Declarations, also known as Eco-labeling Type III.
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IAF Members Sign MoU Supporting New International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF)
IHAF aims to harmonize conformity assessment practices in the Halal field and establish Multilateral Recognition Agreements among member bodies that will facilitate Halal trade globally.
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EA Supporting Ground-Breaking Trade Accord Between Canada and the European Union
The Canada and EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is a high quality agreement that reinforces Canada’s fundamental relationship with the European Union.
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News from ARAC
Following the recommendation of the ARAC MLA Committee, the ARAC Executive Committee approved a proposal for conducting an ARAC Peer evaluators regional training course. The aim of this training was to enlarge future teams of ARAC peer evaluators with a view to improve ARAC peer evaluation activities.
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Certification Issues Considered in EA
The European Accreditation Certification Committee held its last meeting on 13-14 September 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia, where it was hosted by the Estonian Accreditation Centre.
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Dr. Stephan Finke, new Managing Director of DAkk
Dr. Stephan Finke, new Managing Director of DAkk
New Managing Director of DAkkS
With effect from 1 September 2016, Dr. Stephan Finke is the new Managing Director of the German accreditation body Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS).
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Ten Progressive Years of Sri Lanka Accreditation Board
The Sri Lanka Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment (SLAB) is the National Accreditation Authority for Sri Lanka. SLAB has the responsibility to promote accreditation activities and provide the necessary accreditation services to facilitate conformity assessments in the provision of goods and services for domestic and export markets.
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Highlights of the 38th EA General Assembly
Significant achievements were made at the last EA General Assembly held on 23 and 24 November 2016 in Borås, Sweden.
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Workshop Demonstrates the Value of Standards and Accreditation in the Insurance Sector
IAF supported the International Organization for Standardization and its Committee on Conformity Assessment to organise and host a seminar to explore the role and benefits of standards and accreditation in managing risk for the insurance industry.
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Update on the ISO/CASCO 2016 Technical Work
In 2016, ISO/CASCO published 2 International Standards and 1 Technical Specification.
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OECD and UNIDO Publications to Support Accreditation
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service has actively contributed to the recent publication of reports from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that confirm how the international accreditation system supports regulatory co-operation and cross-border trade.
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Celebration of World Accreditation Day 2016 by MAURITAS
On the occasion of World Accreditation Day celebrated every year on 9th June, the Mauritius Accreditation Service organized a half-day seminar on accreditation.
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ANSI–PAC Workshop Provides Stakeholder Insights and Overview of ISO/IEC 17065
The American National Standards Institute hosted a two-day workshop in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with industry and government presentations on ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.
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News from BSCA
Following the pre-evaluation results of BSCA by EA in January 2016, the Multilateral Agreement Council recommended to proceed with the initial evaluation of BSCA.
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A New Associate Member in EA
In November 2016, the European Accreditation General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the Executive Committee that ARMNAB, the national accreditation body of Armenia, become an Associate Member of EA effective 24 November 2016.
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Memorandum of Understanding Between EA and ETSI
In June 2016, EA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.
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