NABCB Launches ISO 14065 Accreditation
NABCB launched an accreditation scheme for GHG validation & verification bodies (VVBs) as per ISO 14065: Green House Gases (GHG) - Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition on 26 January 2019. This will allow VVBs to apply for accreditation under different schemes such as Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) etc.
NABCB Undergoes APAC Peer Evaluation for Accreditation of Personnel Certification
NABCB underwent a peer evaluation by the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) for transition to ISO/IEC 17011:2017, and to become an MRA signatory for accreditation of personnel certification bodies as per ISO/IEC 17024:2012. The evaluation took place in March 2019 and was conducted by a one-member team, comprised of APAC peer evaluator, Mr. Pu-Hsien Li (Bruce Li) from TAF, Chinese Taipei.
The evaluation was concluded successfully with zero Non-conformities and only one Concern, which NABCB has already responded to. NABCB is hoping to become an MRA signatory for accreditation of Personnel Certification Bodies at the forthcoming APAC annual meetings in June 2019, in Singapore.
NABCB Signs the IAF MLA for Energy Management Systems (EnMS)
NABCB secured international equivalence for its accreditation scheme for Energy Management Systems (EnMS) certification on 26 October 2018. It has signed the IAF MLA for its accreditation scheme based on the ISO/IEC 17021-1 and ISO 50003 international standards.
NABCB Signs the APAC MRA for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS)
NABCB also secured international equivalence for its accreditation scheme for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) Certification Bodies in the Asia-Pacific region on 19 December 2018 based on an off-site review by APAC.
NABCB to draft regulations for Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has requested that NABCB, QCI revise its regulation for the electronics/IT items falling under the purview of MeitY. NABCB has been awarded the work order for formulating the Quality Control Order for items covered under the preview of MeitY. The step is an achievement as this will support NABCB in strengthening ties with regulators and also in use of conformity assessment methods in regulation.
NABCB Hosts 6th meeting of SAARC Expert Group on Accreditation (SEGA)
NABCB hosted the 6th meeting of the SAARC Expert Group on Accreditation (SEGA) 04 - 05 December 2018 in Goa, India, with financial and technical assistance from PTB, Germany.
During the meeting, the latest updates and developments of ABs/National Accreditation Focal Points (NAFPs) activities in the SAARC Member States were reported and the action plan for 2019 was discussed.
NABCB Hosts Training for SAARC Countries
NABCB conducted a two day training course on “Cooperation of Accreditation Bodies and Regulatory Bodies in SAARC Countries – Harmonized Approach to Advising Regulators” 06 - 07 December 2018 in Goa, India, following the SEGA meeting, which was also supported by PTB.
The two day training by NABCB and PTB experts covered sessions on the role of accreditation for verifying regulatory compliance, the European experience in the use of accreditation and third party assessment in regulations, the European approach in using product group regulation, and a discussion on how accreditation was utilized in country specific regulations.
NABCB Conducts Awareness Program on Accreditation of Medical Devices Certification
NABCB jointly organized an awareness program on Accreditation of Medical Devices Certification with the drug regulator, the Drug Control Department, Government of the National Capital Territory, which was held in New Delhi, on 02 February 2019. The Honorable Minister of Health of the Government of Delhi inaugurated the program and emphasized the importance of creating a quality mark for all products, including medical devices of Indian origin and also stressed the importance of marketing them internationally. The program was attended by over 120 delegates from industry, Government and other stakeholders.