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Closer Cooperation
Accredited certification delivers real added value
World Accreditation Day - June 9th 2012
Cgcre hosts IAF/ILAC Joint General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New CASCO Publications due in 2012
Medical Device Regulators show an interest in IAF based accreditation for ISO 13485
Message from the PAC secretariat
Communication key to EA future development
News from EA and its Committees
News from IAAC
Development of New Accreditation Services in Hong Kong
Poland (PCA) kicks off its World Accreditation Day activities
Accreditation continues to gain Regulatory recognition in Dubai
SANAS’s support for South Africa’s Industrial Policy Framework
Closing the U.S. Skills Gap: ANSI Joint Member Forum Focuses on Building Economic Growth through a Quality Workforce
The role of ACCREDIA, the Italian Accreditation Body, in the mandatory sector
Cgcre´s end user satisfaction survey
Mauritas provides Food Safety and Information Security Accreditation workshops


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IAAC Membership

IAAC has maintained its membership at the same levels of last year.  IAAC currently has a total of 41 members from 23 countries in the Americas. 22 are full members, 7 are associate members and 12 are stakeholders.

FQS of USA was acquired by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, LLC., of USA as of November 2011.

IAAC MLA Group

The IAAC MLA Group currently has a total of 17 signatory members under the following scopes:

For Testing Laboratories (16)

For Calibration Laboratories (12)

For Quality Management Systems Certification Bodies (10)

For Environmental Management Systems Certification Bodies (7)

For Product Certification Bodies (8)

For Inspection Bodies (5)

Visit the IAAC site for further details http://iaac.org.mx/English/Members.php.

Extension of the IAAC MLA

IAAC is currently in the process of becoming a signatory to the ILAC MRA for the scope of Inspection Bodies.  An ILAC evaluation team has already carried out a witnessing of two IAAC peer evaluations.  The first one of ECA, Costa Rica, in January 2011, and the second of OGA, Guatemala, in June 2011.  The ILAC team observed via Skype the MLA Group meeting which was held in Quito, Ecuador, on August 21, 2011.  The ILAC team also carried out an evaluation of the IAAC Secretariat via Skype on October 18, 2011.  IAAC has submitted its response to the findings to the ILAC team.

The IAAC General Assembly agreed to extend the MLA to include the following scopes:

  • Persons Certification Bodies according to the ISO/IEC 17024
  • Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), according to ISO/IEC 17021,  ISO 22003, and  ISO 22000 at level 5.
  • Information Security Management Systems (ISMS), according to ISO/IEC 17021,  ISO 27006 and ISO 27001 at level 5.
  • Green House Gas Emissions, according to all of the relevant standards.
  • Proficiency Testing Providers, according to ISO/IEC 17043.
  • Reference Material producers, according to ISO/IEC Guide 34, in combination with ISO/IEC 17025.

The MLA Committee assigned working groups for each MLA scope to develop the documentation that is needed to begin the implementation.

The following IAAC members have been accepted as signatories to the IAAC MLA, as of August 2011:

  • OAE of Ecuador was accepted as a signatory to the IAAC MLA for the scopes of Testing and Calibration Laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025); Quality Management Systems (ISO/IEC 17021); Product Certification Bodies (ISO/IEC Guide 65); and Inspection Bodies (ISO/IEC 17020).
  • ONA of Paraguay was accepted as a signatory to the IAAC MLA for the scopes of

Testing Laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025); Product Certification Bodies (ISO/IEC Guide 65); and Inspection Bodies (ISO/IEC 17020).

  • ECA of Costa Rica was accepted as a signatory to the IAAC MLA for the scope of

Product Certification Bodies (ISO/IEC Guide 65); and Inspection Bodies (ISO/IEC 17020).

  • Ema of Mexico was accepted as a signatory to the IAAC MLA for the scope of

Inspection Bodies (ISO/IEC 17020), as of August 2010, however the MLA certificate was signed in August 2011, since a minimum of 3 signatories was needed to launch this scope.

A2LA of United States was accepted as a signatory to the IAAC MLA for the scope of Inspection Bodies (ISO/IEC 17020), as of August 2010, however the MLA certificate was signed in August 2011, since a minimum of 3 signatories was needed to launch this scope.

  • Cgcre of Brazil has been an IAAC MLA signatory for the scope of Testing Labs since 2002, and now Cgcre was accepted as a signatory to the IAAC MLA for the scope of Testing Laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025 which also includes Medical/Clinical Laboratories under ISO 15189), as of August 21st, 2011.
  • OGA of Guatemala was accepted as a signatory to the IAAC MLA for the scope of Calibration Laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025), as of March 14th, 2012.

Training Activities:

IAAC carried out the following training activities:

• Workshop on “Experience Exchange on Best Practices in Accreditation”, sponsored by PTB of Germany, was held in Santiago, Chile on March 8-9, 2012. 

• Workshop on the “Development and operation of Proficiency Testing schemes”, sponsored by PTB of Germany, was held in Santiago, Chile on March 12-13, 2012.   

• A Peer evaluator training workshop for new peer evaluators will be held in Quito, Ecuador, on November 27-29, 2012. 

IAAC Proficiency Testing programs

IAAC T006 Proficiency Test for Sugar Analysis

An IAAC regional proficiency testing program on sugar analysis was organized by OGA of Guatemala and concluded in November 2011.  28 laboratories from 11 IAAC member accreditation bodies participated.

IAAC T007 Proficiency Test on Powdered Milk

An IAAC regional proficiency testing program on "Minerals and Vitamin C in Powdered Milk" was carried out by INTI and OAA of Argentina, and concluded in December 2011. 

There was a total of 37 laboratories that participated in this program; 32 laboratories from the IAAC region, 4 laboratories from the APLAC region and 1 laboratory from the SADCA region.

Technical Cooperation Projects

PTB Projects

Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency Project

Beatriz Garcia, IAAC Chair, signed the agreement for the technical cooperation project titled :"Quality Infrastructure Services for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (R3E) in Latin America and the Caribbean", together with the Chairs of COPANT and SIM, as well as with PTB and OAS representatives.  The project was signed in Braunschweig, Germany, on March 26, 2012, as part of the events regarding the celebration of the125th Anniversary of the PTB.

The objective of this project is to strengthen the capabilities of the regional Quality Infrastructure organizations SIM, COPANT and IAAC and of their national members in providing services for the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources and to promote mutual coordination in order to support the implementation of the respective national energy policies.

The implementation agreement and the project brochure have been posted on the IAAC website at: http://www.iaac.org.mx/English/DocsPU.php

The event photos may be seen at http://www.ptb.de/en/org/q/q5/_qi_energy.htm

Environmental Protection and Food Safety Project

IAAC recently completed the 2007-2011 technical cooperation project sponsored by the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt , (PTB), of Germany, titled "Regional Cooperation for Environmental Protection and Food Safety in Latin America and the Caribbean."

Cooperation with International and Regional Organizations

Cooperation with IAF and ILAC

Randy Dougherty, IAF Chair; and Peter Unger, ILAC Chair, attended the IAAC General Assembly meetings held in Quito, Ecuador, in August 2012; and also the midyear meetings held in Santiago, Chile, in March 2012.

An IAF-ILAC marketing seminar is scheduled to be held during the IAAC meetings in August 2012.

Cooperation with PAC:

Belinda Mort, PAC Secretary, attended the IAAC meetings held in Washington, D.C., USA, in February 2011; and in Quito, Ecuador, in August 2011, thanks to the generous support of the Ecuadorean Accreditation Body, (OAE) of Ecuador.

IAAC and PAC carried out two joint peer evaluations in 2011.

Cooperation with APLAC:

Michael Fraser, APLAC Secretary, attended the IAAC meetings held in Washington, D.C., USA, in February 2011; and in Quito, Ecuador, in August 2011, thanks to the generous support of the Ecuadorean Accreditation Body, (OAE) of Ecuador.

IAAC invited APLAC members to participate in its proficiency testing programs during 2011; and APLAC invited IAAC members to participate in its proficiency testing programs during 2011. 

IAAC and APLAC carried out one joint peer evaluation in 2011.

Cooperation with EA:

Graham Talbot, EA Chair, attended the IAAC General Assembly meetings held in Quito, Ecuador, in August 2011.  Ileana Martinez, IAAC Vice-Chair, attended the previous EA General Assembly.  IAAC regularly receives EA documents under comments or voting.

Cooperation with SADCA:

IAAC invited SADCA members to participate in its proficiency testing programs during 2011.  Masego Marobela, SADCA Chair, attended the IAAC General Assembly meetings in Quito, Ecuador, in August 2011, thanks to the generous support of the Ecuadorean Accreditation Body, (OAE) of Ecuador.

Cooperation with AFRAC:

IAAC enjoys close cooperation ties with AFRAC.

Victor Gandy, IAAC Secretary, attended the African Accreditation Cooperation, (AFRAC), General Assembly meetings held in Mauritius, in October 2011. 

Masego Marobela, AFRAC representative, attended the IAAC General Assembly meetings in Quito, Ecuador, in August 2011, thanks to the generous support of the Ecuadorean Accreditation Body, (OAE) of Ecuador.

Cooperation with ARAC:

In 2012, IAAC will sign a Statement of Technical Cooperation with the Arab Accreditation Cooperation, (ARAC), in order to implement activities to strengthen cooperation between the regions.

IAAC meetings

The IAAC General Assembly meetings will be held on August 11-17, 2012, in Cartagena, Colombia, and will be hosted by the Organismo Nacional de Acreditación de Colombia (ONAC).

IAAC Information and Publications

Further information on IAAC members and IAAC documents is available at the IAAC website: www.iaac.org.mx




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