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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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UNECE Trade Recommendations Reference Accreditation
Through on-going dialogue with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) have managed to secure an update to the organisation’s trade recommendations to include references to national accreditation systems and the global arrangements. ILAC and IAF have actively participated in the UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation & Standardization Policies, which works to:

•    Promote the use of standards by policy-makers and business as a tool for reducing technical barriers to trade, promote increased resilience to disasters, foster innovation and good governance

•    Promote the use of standards in the implementation of UN-wide goals, including the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sendai framework for action

Sixteen UNECE recommendations have been adopted to address standardization and regulatory issues. They set out good practice regarding Regulatory cooperation, Metrology, Standards and Norms, Conformity assessment, and Market surveillance.

While these recommendations are not binding and do not aim at rigidly aligning technical regulations across countries, they are used to encourage policy makers to base their regulations on international standards to provide a common denominator to the norms that apply in different markets. ILAC and IAF members are encouraged to make their national authorities aware of these recommendations.

All sixteen recommendations can be downloaded from the UNECE website.

ILAC and IAF provided comments, which were adopted, to:

Recommendation F: Creation and Promotion of International Agreements on Conformity Assessment

Recommendation G: Acceptance of Conformity Assessment Results