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Joint Development Support Committee Update
by Andrea Melo, DSC Chair

The Joint Development Support Committee (JDSC) works with combined efforts from IAF and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). The most recent meeting was held in Milan, Italy, on 3 November 2015. This meeting was attended by 70 participants from Accreditation Bodies, conformity assessment bodies and stakeholders. The new IAF Co-Chair elected this year, Ms. Andrea Melo from the General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE, Brazil) and the ILAC Co-Chair, Ms Liliane Somma from the Organismo Uruguayo de Acreditacion (OUA, Uruguay) coordinated the activities.

The agenda of the meeting included presentations from the Strategic Plan items relating to the JDSC, Gulf Cooperation Council Accreditation Centre (GAC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), including the Joint Guide on "Accreditation in Developing Economies", National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on new/revised standards, International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), World Health Organization (WHO), an ILAC Presentation on the results of the ILAC Questionnaire on medical activities in your economy/region and a discussion forum on the role that accreditation plays in the provision of health and social care and the challenges faced by those seeking to provide these services in developing economies.

The participants had the opportunity to discuss the challenges faced in their organization with experts in many areas. A group was formed under the JDSC to discuss how developing Accreditation Bodies can increase their participation in the revision and commenting process of ILAC and IAF documents. Besides these topics, the JDSC Co-Chairs noted there is an opportunity for improvement in the Funding Policies to make it clearer what types of support are available to increase the participation of Accreditation Bodies from developing countries in the IAF and ILAC meetings.

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