Formal Launching of EIAC
During its annual customers meeting in Dubai, Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohammed (Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates International Accreditation Center, EIAC) announced the formal transition of Dubai Accreditation Department (DAC) to EIAC. She unveiled the EIAC logo, accreditation marks and website, www.gov.ae .
She informed attendees that there will be no change in staff of the center. In addition, there will be no changes in accreditation requirements and policies. All international recognitions, agreements, MoUs and accreditations granted shall remain intact.
She said that all relevant international accreditation organizations have been informed about this transition.
Status of EIAC Updated on Accreditation Recognition Organizations’ Websites
The International Accreditation Forum (IAF), International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) have updated the status of EIAC in their records and websites.
Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohammed Elected Chair of ARAC
Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohammed was elected as the new chair of the Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) during its sixth annual meetings. The annual meetings of ARAC were held in Amman, Jordan on 10-18 September 2018. ARAC was launched in the year 2011 to establish accreditation cooperation among Arab countries. Its current membership includes 15 members covering 17 Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Among these, eleven accreditation bodies are full members. At present, there are four ARAC MLA Signatories.
Ms. Amina elected Chair of ARAC
EIAC Launched Halal Academy
EIAC launched Halal Academy during the Islamic economy conference on 31 October 2018 in Dubai. The academy is a result of close cooperation between EIAC, the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) and the University of Dubai. During the launching ceremony, Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohammed, Ms. Farah Al Zarooni (IHAF advisor), and Dr. Eisa Mohammed Bastaki (President of the University of Dubai) were present.
Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohammed said that Halal Academy programs would be split into two forms, with one in the form of short trainings and workshops and the other more academic in nature. The short training courses have already been started and the academic diploma program is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2019 in the campus of the University of Dubai.
Launching of EIAC Halal Academy
EIAC Arranged Trainings
EIAC arranged a series of trainings on new versions of standards. A training on the new version of the standard ISO 17011 was arranged for EIAC staff and assessors. Mr. Peter Unger, former chair of ILAC and former President of A2LA, was the resource person. Another training was arranged on the new version of ISO 17025. EIAC assessors and staff of various accredited laboratories attended the training. Mr. Peter Unger was the resource person. EIAC also arranged trainings on ISO 17021-1: 2015 and ISO 17024.
A training was conducted in October 2018 for forensic laboratories. The training covered ISO 17025:2017, ISO 17020:2012, ISO 19011 and ILAC G-19 requirements for forensic laboratories.
EIAC training on ISO 17024
EIAC training on ISO 17021-1