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Reflections on the past, present and future
The IAF General Assembly in Shanghai, in October 2010, was my first opportunity to speak to the members as the IAF Chair.   I fear I messed up the agenda by taking over an hour making my presentation, but I did receive positive comments from some members, and was asked by the editor of this issue of the IAF Newsletter to document some of the history of IAF that was included in that presentation. I have a copy of the presentation with my notes so if anyone wants that, I will be glad to send them a copy.

The past.

January 28, 1993.  This was the date of the meeting that resulted in the formation of IAF.  This was the beginning.  This was the founding of IAF.  This was the birth of IAF. 

Participants and observers at that first meeting represented organizations that we know of now as ANSI, RvA, UKAS, JAS-ANZ, SCC, ANAB and JAB.

A communiqué of that first meeting is accessible on the member’s side of the IAF website. 

Consider all of the concepts embodied in one paragraph of that communiqué:  “The consensus…was to cooperate…with organizations who operate similar accreditation programs in exchanging information and procedures in meetings to be known as the International Accreditation Forum.  The meetings are intended to contribute to mutual understanding and to build confidence in the operation of such accreditation programs in the interest of international trade.” 

The key concepts I identified in that one paragraph are as follows:

  • Consensus
  • Cooperation
  • Confidence
  • Equivalence of conformity assessment
  • Equivalence of accreditation
  • Certification in one country being accepted in another country
  • In the interest of international trade

These key concepts are what IAF was and is about.  And in my opinion, this is what IAF should always be about.

Some other key dates are as follow:

January 1998—IAF Bylaws formally adopted.

January 22, 1998—the first MLA for QMS.

September 27, 1998—IAF was legally incorporated in the State of Delaware in the US.

November 2000—IAF Charter was adopted and published.

November 2001—The new structure of IAF, as exists today, was announced and implemented.  This was also the first joint general assembly with ILAC.

November 11, 2003—IAF Code of Conduct

October 9, 2004—MLA for EMS and Product

October 2009—Agreement on the new structure for the IAF MLA:  One MLA with scopes and subscopes.

The present.

October 10, 2010 was the 24th IAF General Assembly and the 10th IAF-ILAC Joint General Assembly.  IAF has evolved from six accreditation bodies at that first meeting in 1993 to 62 accreditation bodies, 18 association members, and 4 regional cooperations.  As all of you remember, in Shanghai we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the ILAC MRA and the 12th anniversary of the IAF MLA.  It was a memorable meeting.

The future…for us to decide—together.

- Randy Dougherty, IAF Chair

World Accreditation Day 2011

June 9th 2011 will mark World Accreditation Day, the global initiative jointly established with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities.

World Accreditation Day Poster

As in previous years, the day will be celebrated across the world with the hosting of major national events, seminars, and press and media coverage, to communicate the value of accreditation to Government, Regulators and the leaders of the business community.

The theme of the day this year will focus on how accreditation is used to support the work of Regulators. Nationally, there is greater recognition of accreditation, in particular from Regulators, who are adopting accreditation as a mechanism to deliver a multi-discipline solution that can support or act as an alternative to Legislation.

In complex and highly competitive markets, confidence is required when products or services are traded between economies. Such reassurance is underpinned by accreditation. Governments and Regulators, have come to appreciate the importance of credible accreditation programs that are based on internationally-recognized standards. With restricted budgets, many Regulators can no longer do it all themselves and increasingly, they must rely on third-party organisations to support their regulatory objectives. When they do so, they need a fair and meaningful basis for identifying qualified and competent providers. Accreditation provides this declaration of competence.

The influence and use of accreditation continues to grow across a wide range of economies and domestic policy areas. This was highlighted in a survey of the ILAC membership in 2010, which confirmed the growing use of accreditation by Regulators in all the 55 economies that responded.

However, there are still many more policy areas in which accreditation could be introduced as an alternative to regulation from healthcare, health and safety management, education, and waste management, to name but a few.

World Accreditation Day provides an excellent opportunity for IAF Members and the accreditation community to extend its influence and demonstrate how accreditation can be applied to a wide variety of assessment, approval or evaluation tasks that can be used to address a wide range of Regulatory requirements.

A short promotional film is also available.

IAF-ILAC Joint Annual Meetings to be held in Bangkok
The venue is the Shangri-la Hotel, by the Chao Phraya River, in Bangkok. The location is perfect as the timing coincides with the Loi Krathong festival which, by tradition, takes place by the rivers, on the full moon of the twelfth lunar month. It is the most beautiful and grandly celebrated festivals in Thailand. To celebrate this colourful and brilliant event, people from all walks of life will come out at nightfall and float their beautifully decorated banana-leaf rafts or “krathongs” on the water, an act that is believed to fly grief and ill fortune away.

Please accept our invitation, and do come to ILAC-IAF Joint Annual meetings 2011. The National Standardization Council of Thailand, and the entire country, look forward to welcoming all of you to Thailand.

For more information please visit the website of the meeting at www.

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18th PAC Plenary meeting to be held in the Philippines
The 18thPlenary Meeting of the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) will be held in the City of Manila, Philippines on 11-18 June 2011.  The venue of the meetings will be the historic Manila Hotel. Hosting the meeting for the first time is the Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO), with its Officer-in-Charge Jaime Lasaro L. Olmos overseeing the preparations for the hosting event since October of last year.

“We welcome all delegates and guests to the PAC annual meetings and at the same time to experience the warm hospitality of our country,” Olmos said. The week-long program of activities is listed at the end of this article.

“We thought that The Manila Hotel would be a perfect venue for the PAC Plenary Meeting as the Hotel embodies a rich Filipino tradition and hospitality that will make the delegates’ stay in Manila memorable,” Olmos mused.  The likes of Ernest Hemmingway, Muhammad Ali, the Beatles and Bob Hope, Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson, among others, were listed in the guest register of the hotel.

Ms. Belinda Mort, PAC Secretary, got a glimpse of the preparations for the meeting and discussed with Olmos and his staff further details of the event when she visited the Philippines on 1-3 February.  “It was a truly helpful visit we got from Belinda which gave us an opportunity to evaluate what we have done so far and go through the other details of the event,” Olmos said.

Some brief information about the Philippines—at the time of the meeting, it will be  held during the rainy season (but with climate change, who knows what to expect during that month!).  The currency used is the Philippine Peso (PHP) and the centavo. 100 centavos equal to a Peso. Bill denominations are in 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 Pesos.  Foreign currency may be exchanged at hotels and in most large department stores and authorized money changing shops.  The English language is widely used and understood in the country.  Philippine food has influences of Chinese; Spanish and Mexican; and other global influences such as French, Italian, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese, among others.

The delegates to the 18th Plenary Meeting may now access the PAC 2011 website to register and book accommodation at: .

For enquiries, emails can be sent to the PAC Secretary at  or to the PAO at

ema Media Campaign

In October 2010, ema launched a national press and media campaign highlighting the importance of compliance with standards.

The campaign focuses on making people aware of the Mexican System of Metrology, Standardization and Conformity Assessment (SISMENEC - its acronym in Spanish), and how this structure provides benefits to different sectors of the economy.

Articles have related to topics such as rules in the construction industry, benefits of accredited laboratories, electrical accident prevention, actions to save energy, health and safety in the workplace, and sanity and food hygiene.

To date 16 articles have been published and more with issues related to compliance of standards will appear soon.

DAK continues to make progress

Although the Accreditation Directorate of Kosovo (DAK) is the newest accreditation body in the Balkan Region, it has made remarkable progress in the field of conformity assessment. This has been reflected by the European Commission on its reports on Kosovo.

The objective for DAK for accreditated certificates and testing reports to become internationally recognised. To make this happen, DAK has established its Quality Management System for accreditation to SK EN ISO/IEC 17011 standard, as well as according to relevant European and International standards and Kosovo’s country policy.

DAK has focused on establishing comprehensive accreditation schemes, including for testing and calibration laboratories, as well as supporting development of inspection bodies. 

The harmonization of the legal and regulatory framework of the Republic of Kosovo with that of the European Union regarding accreditation is considered as another achievement in 2010. The Accreditation law No. 03/L-069, which came into effect on 1 January 2010, has been harmonized with EU Regulation No.765/2008 of the European Commission.

With major efforts during 2009, DAK has signed a cooperation agreement with the EA. It is also important to mention that in 2010, DAK became a Member of IAF and an Associate Member of ILAC.

DAK has paid a lot of attention to the regional cooperation and has established good relations with all regional bodies. Until now, DAK has signed Memorandum of Understandings with the national accreditation bodies: Albania, Macedonia, Croatia and Turkey. 

DAK has accredited fifteen testing laboratories and one inspection body. A further seven testing laboratories are also going through the accreditation process.

Looking ahead to 2011, DAK will continue to carry out its mandate. Its aim is to sign the EA MLA as soon as possible. DAK applied to EA to join the EA MLA for testing on November 2010 and a pre-evaluation is scheduled for May 2011.

Ibush LuzhaMsc.Ibush Luzha, Director of Kosovo Accreditation Directorate

OAA: First accreditation body recognized by RTRS to assess certification bodies

During 2010, the Argentinian Accreditation Body actively participated in a round table on Responsible Soy Association which developed certification requirements and protocols of responsible soy, as well as for accreditation under the ISO / IEC Guide 65 for certification bodies working in this area. 

The round table on Responsible Soy Association is a global platform organised by the main stakeholders of the value chain of soybeans with the common goal to promote responsible soy production through collaboration and open dialogue with stakeholders to ensure it to be economically viable, environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial. Participation in this round table enabled OAA to feed in how accreditation can be applied to the development of the certification standard RTRS Standard-Version 1.0.

The development of RTRS Standard is the result of joint efforts of producers, industry players and civil society involved in the value chain of the soybean.

During 2011, the global market will be able to buy soy certified to RTRS. The adoption of the principles and criteria for responsible soy was held in the General Assembly in June 2010 (Version 1.0). The standard is available as a certification system in the RTRS website ( already in its version 3. Therefore, for the next crop it will be possible to buy soybean in the international market through the chain of custody of options designed to RTRS.

Principles and Criteria that were developed by the RTRS, field-tested and approved in 2009/10 as RTRS Standard in June 2010 include:

  • Legal compliance and good business practices
  • Responsible working conditions
  • Responsible relations with the community
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Good Agricultural Practices

It was developed as a neutral and comprehensive standard (non-transgenic, Transgenic and Organic) and meets the requirements of the EU market. Additionally, it can be used both in the certification of food for human and animal consumption, and in biofuels.

Examples of Criteria for Responsible Soy

Key environmental issues:

  • Protecting biodiversity
  • It reduces pollution and waste production handled responsibly
  • Soil, water and forest resources taken as fundamental
  • Responsible use of agrochemicals
  • Efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG)

Key social issues

  • Compliance with employment legislation
  • Respect for land rights
  • Recognition of the importance of land use and traditional small-scale
  • Adopt practices that contribute to the welfare of rural communities.

 OAA was the first accreditation body in the world recognized by the RTRS to evaluate bodies that certificate responsible soy.

Some product certification bodies have already contacted OAA to meet the new scheme and some others have already begun the accreditation process.
RTRSRTRS standard monitoring

IAAC MLA signatories and training

IAAC MLA scope extension

IAAC currently has a total of 41 members from 23 countries in the Americas. 23 are full members, 7 are associate members and 11 are stakeholders.

IAAC is a Regional Cooperation Body signatory of the ILAC MRA with a scope in Testing and Calibration Laboratories and a signatory of the IAF MLA with a scope in QMS.

IAAC has started operating MLAs for the scopes of EMS Certification Bodies, Product Certification Bodies and Inspection Bodies.

IAAC submitted an application to extend its IAF MLA for the scopes of accreditation of EMS Certification Bodies, Product Certification Bodies and Inspection Bodies.

The ILAC-IAF evaluation team leader performed an evaluation of the IAAC MLA Group, and the MLA Committee, on August 29-30, 2009 and evaluated the IAAC Secretariat on April 21 and 22, 2009 and September 1-2, 2009, in Costa Rica.  The IAF-ILAC evaluation team has also witnessed several IAAC evaluations in 2009 covering testing, calibration, QMS, EMS and product certification.

The IAF-ILAC team witnessed the IAAC evaluation of ECA, Costa Rica, for the scope of Inspection Bodies performed by IAAC, in January 24-28, 2011.

IAAC has implemented corrective actions to close the resulting findings and has submitted its responses to the IAF-ILAC evaluation team for review.

IAAC has recognized two accreditation bodies for inspection. Several evaluations are underway for that scope. The IAAC MLA for inspection will be signed as soon as IAAC has approved three signatories. Witnessing of IAAC evaluations for inspection by IAF/ILAC is expected to be done in 2011.

The IAAC General Assembly agreed in August 2010 to extend the scope of the MLA to include certification of persons according to ISO/IEC 17024. The MLA Committee and the Certification Subcommittee have started to implement the plans for that extension.

New Signatories to the IAAC MLA

  • ECA of Costa Rica was accepted as a signatory to the IAAC MLA for the scope of Quality Management Systems (QMS) certification bodies (ISO/IEC 17021), in January, 2011.
  • OUA of Uruguay was accepted as a signatory to the IAAC MLA for the scopes of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) certification bodies (ISO/IEC 17021), in January, 2011.
  • INN of Chile was accepted as a signatory to the IAAC MLA for calibration and testing laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025), including medical/clinical laboratories (ISO 15189), as of March 22, 2010; and to the IAAC MLA for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) certification bodies (ISO/IEC 17021), as of September 27, 2010.


IAAC has carried out and scheduled the following training activities:

• Peer evaluator training workshop for experienced evaluators was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 20, 2010.  The workshop was sponsored by the Organization of American States, (OAS).  30 peer evaluators attended.

• Peer evaluator training workshop for experienced evaluators was held in Washington, D.C., USA on February 22, 2011.  24 peer evaluators attended.

• Workshop on the implementation of ISO/IEC 17021 to be held in Asuncion, Paraguay in April 2011.  The workshop will be sponsored by the OAS.

• Peer evaluator training workshop for new evaluators to be held in Lima, Peru, on April 13-15, 2011.  Representatives from the Regions and IAF-ILAC Unaffiliated bodies will be invited to attend.

• Workshop on Accreditation Best Practices to be held in Quito, Ecuador in August, 2011.  The workshop will be sponsored by PTB of Germany.

IAAC meetings

•    The 35th IAAC Executive Committee, MLA Committee and MLA Group meetings were held in Washington, D.C., USA, from February 23-25, 2011.

•    The 16th IAAC General Assembly meetings will be held in Quito, Ecuador, from August 20-26, 2011.

IAAC Information and Publications

Information on IAAC members and IAAC documents is available at the IAAC website:
ECA receiving its MLA certificate as a signatory to the IAAC MLA for the scope of Quality Management Systems (QMS) certification bodies (ISO/IEC 17021)

EA membership and EA MLA signatories

EA currently counts 33 full member ABs, of which 29 are signatories to the EA MLA. In May 2010, HAA and NAT, the Croatian and Hungarian NABs, became EA MLA signatories for every scope covered by the agreement. In parallel, NAT were accepted by IAF members and, as a consequence of signing the EA MLA for equivalent scopes, among IAF MLA signatories for ISO/IEC 17021 (sub-scopes: ISO 9001 and ISO 14001) and ISO/IEC Guide 65.

More recently, in October 2010, ACCREDIA (Italy) has signed the MLA for calibration and SA (Slovenia) the MLA for personnel certification, both of them thus becoming MLA signatories for all accreditation activities covered by the EA MLA. The MLA signatory status of SNAS (Slovakia) for all MLA scopes has also been reinstated. To date, a total of 25 EA full member ABs have signed for all accreditation activities presently covered by the MLA.

EA also counts 21 signatories through contracts of cooperation: after the contracts signed with the ABs of Montenegro (ATCG), Kazakhstan (NCA), Georgia (GAC) and Kosovo (under UNSC Resolution 1244/1999), EA has signed a contract of cooperation with EGAC, the Egyptian Accreditation Council, during the 26th EA General Assembly in November 2010.

TUNAC’s (Tunisia) bilateral agreement signatory status has been extended by EA to cover management system certification. In the same way, TUNAC has signed the IAF MLA for ISO/IEC 17021 (sub-scopes: ISO 9001 and ISO 14001).

The suspension of CGCRE’s (Brazil) bilateral agreement signatory status has been removed and CGCRE’s signatory status (calibration, testing) has been reinstated at the EA MAC meeting in October 2010.

EA-1/08: Multi- and Bilateral Agreement Signatories is being re-developed to become an information brochure with a re-designed format for presentation of signatories of the EA MLA.

In parallel, the EA Communications and Publications Committee has published a template for a statement of equivalence (published as EA-1/16) to be used by EA members and MLA signatories so as to state and promote equivalence of accreditation under the EA MLA. This equivalence statement is expected to enhance not only transparency but also consistency of the communication about accreditation and the MLA on the market.

Clear and consistent information for the attention of the Regulators is also much needed throughout Europe when, according to Regulation (EC) 765/2008, national authorities shall accept results issued by CABs accredited by any of the EA MLA signatories as equivalent. A specific promotional brochure for Regulators will be prepared for this purpose.

Photo A - Group of participants in 26th EA GA

The 26th EA General Assembly held on 24 and 25 November 2010 in Budva, Montenegro, brought together more than 70 delegates representing 59 EA members and contract of cooperation signatories.

EA was very pleased to welcome Annabel Brewka (European Commission), Tore Nyvold Thomassen (EFTA), Ganesh Ashok (CEN-CENELEC), Guy Jacques (Eurolab – Chair of the EA Advisory Board), Jean-Marc Aublant (Eurolab), Natasa Mejak-Vukovic (WELMEC), G. Hinrich Schaub and Drewin Nieuwenhuis (CEOC International), Eamon Clinton (EFAC) and Erik Janssens (EOQ).

EA 2011 – a year of change

2011 will be a year of change for EA.

An early change involves the addition of a new face in the EA Secretariat’s team in Paris. Miss Julia LEDWON has been tasked with reinforcing the team with its daily activities on the basis of a fixed-term part-time employment contract.

This additional resource to the Secretariat is one of the outcomes of a strategic session that the EA Executive Committee held in January 2010 to revise the EA Strategic Plan and develop a vision for the Secretariat in accordance with the enhanced role and status given to EA by Regulation (EC) 765/2008.

During a second strategic session in January 2011, the EA Executive Members agreed that the EA Secretariat should relocate to a new location in Paris by the end of March 2011. This is in line with the decision to make EA legally independent from the French NAB’s structure in January 2010. The full details of the new offices are: 75 avenue Parmentier, 75544 PARIS cedex 11, France. (Tel: 33 (0)1 40 21 24 62).

Finally, in 2011, elections of the EA Executive membership will take place at the EA Assembly General to be held on 25 & 26 May 2011 in Berlin, Germany for a mandate starting on 1st January 2012.

EA outreach

As part of the EA Strategic Plan for the years 2010-2015, a communication policy is being developed by the EA Communications and Publications Committee (CPC) for EA to enhance its corporate identity.

Two major projects are in the pipeline: an EA Annual Report and an EA electronic communication template for specifically identified targets. A process for distributing electronic EA press releases and targeted communications will also be launched in 2011.

A further objective is to continually improve EA’s internal communication processes. Coordination not only within EA, but also with ILAC and IAF, should improve cross-fertilization, for instance by sharing results of surveys, and avoid potential duplication of activities.

Sector schemes stimulate debate in EA

Both in and outside Europe, an increasing number of sector schemes are turning to accreditation as the most efficient way to establish confidence and develop broad recognition through MLA acceptance.

The EA Advisory Board has identified several technical and political issues related to sector schemes for consideration by an ad hoc task force group during 2011:

  • how to contain the ongoing trend of proliferation of sector schemes;
  • the need for harmonisation of requirements or specifications for designing sector-specific conformity assessment schemes at the European and international levels, and for their accreditation and acceptance under the European and international MLAs;
  • the relationships between the international, European and national levels regarding the acceptance or refusal of a sector scheme under the relevant MLAs;
  • the ways to promote transparency and a robust technical background to the sector schemes (to be based on clear, normative, publicly available specifications).

Within the EA Horizontal Harmonization Committee (HHC), the revision of EA-2/11: EA Policy for Relations with Sector Schemes is nearing completion. The document now provides a detailed process for analysing and deciding on acceptance of a scheme: after the collection of applications from scheme owners by the Secretariat, the EA HHC as the coordinating body would first evaluate the general cooperation principles and aspects at the ISO 17011 / NAB level, while the relevant technical committee would examine technical details at the relevant CAB standard’s and Conformity Assessment procedures’ levels. Namely sector schemes would be subject to a balanced and interactive examination jointly by the HHC and technical committees, and the HHC will prepare a recommendation to “accept” schemes for final decision by the General Assembly.

It is proposed that an MoU would also be signed for every “accepted scheme” so as to formalise the relations and interaction between EA and scheme owners.

Change of Venue – IAF Technical Committee

IAF and ILAC members were planning to meet in Tunis, Tunisia in March 2010, as guests of TUNAC, the host for the meetings. However, in January the unfolding events in the country created a dilemma for the leadership of IAF and ILAC. Do we move the meetings or cancel them?

Fortunately, IIOC came to the rescue. Roger Bennett, working closely with the IAF and ILAC Secretaries, was able to arrange for the meetings to be held at the Epsom Downs horse racing track in the UK. The Epsom Downs Conference Center was able to accommodate our group for the same dates and schedule of meetings as was planned for Tunis. IAF made the financial commitment to reserve the meeting rooms and hotel accommodations, but participants were charged a registration fee of $96.00 US a day to pay for the meeting rooms and catering.

Epsom race course

By all indications the meetings were a success with well over 100 participants. To my knowledge, this is the first such meeting arranged and managed by IAF and ILAC directly. We were planning to do this in 2012, but had to change plans with the events in Tunisia. So the meetings in Epsom proved the feasibility of arranging cost-effective meetings directly rather than relying upon a host. The Joint Executive made the decision for IAF and ILAC to directly manage a similar series of meetings in 2012. Instead of March, however, we are planning to hold the meetings in the week of 30 April to 4 May. The venue has not yet been decided, but will probably be in Europe near a convenient international airport.


Guenther Beer, the current member of the Board representing users, and the current chair of the User Advisory Committee is retiring in April 2011 so this was his last meeting as a member of the IAF Executive Committee, and so I presented him with a Certificate of Recognition. The IAF TC meeting was also the last meeting for Yoshi Kameyama of JAB, who is also retiring.


- Randy Dougherty, IAF Chair

Update from the PAC Chair
The year 2011 is now well underway. We began the New Year with some wonderful and long-awaited news, that PAC is now registered as “Pacific Accreditation Cooperation Incorporated (PAC, Inc.)” in New Zealand under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. It was registered on the 6th of December 2010 and was publicly announced on the 18th of January 2011.

The PAC MLA programs have been actively growing over the past years. Out 28 full members, 17 accreditation bodies in total are now signatories for the QMS MLA, EMS MLA and / or Product MLA as of March 2011. PAC had previously decided to expand our MLA programs to FSMS, ISMS and Persons in cooperation with IAF. Members recently voted for the GHG MLA program to also be developed. The PAC Procedure for Extending Scope of the MLA was approved last year and, in line with the procedure, the PAC Technical Committee and MLA Group set up a joint WG for each new MLA program in order to foster their development. These are some good examples that PAC is always proactive and that cooperative work is the basis of PAC activities at all levels.

In the past 10 years, we have worked very hard to promote the third party conformity assessment scheme and to enhance its credibility. The effort has paid off in the large number of ISO 9001 / ISO14001 certificates in our economies. However, each PAC member economy also has further issues, including deterioration of the credibility of the scheme. We can overcome them by sharing information and working together with other PAC members. This will move us forward together and no one will be left behind.

The new Executive Committee was formed following elections at the Plenary meeting in Wellington, New Zealand in June 2010. Two key persons, the Chair of the Communication and Marketing Committee, and the PAC Quality Manager will also participate in the work of the EC. The EC will be working hard to bring further success and growth for PAC with continued commitment, contributions, and cooperation from all PAC members.

PAC would like to acknowledge the hard work and longstanding commitment of previous Chair, Elva Nilsen, and former TC Chair, Joan Brough-Kerrebyn, both of whom were very actively involved in the development and ongoing work of PAC since its formation in 1995. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

I am looking forward to seeing you all at the PAC 18th Plenary in Manila, the Philippines in June.

New edition of ISO/IEC 17021 published on 1 February 2011

The second edition of ISO/IEC 17021 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems sets new requirements for the auditing of management systems and for auditor competence in order to increase the value of management system certification to public and private sector organizations worldwide.

The requirements of the 2006 edition have not been changed except where they contradict those of the 2011 edition. ISO/IEC 17021 is also being published in an unofficial marked-up edition highlighting the new and deleted text. The new edition is to be reviewed one year after it has been in use to decide whether any first edition requirements need modifying to align them further with the new requirements.

CASCO WG 21 co-convened by Randy Dougherty and Alister Dalrymple started work on this edition in December 2006. The Working Group held 8 meetings and 3 Drafting Group meetings to develop this International Standard.  At the CASCO plenary in November 2010 it was agreed not to disband the group given that ISO/IEC 17021 will be reviewed within 1 year of publication and that CASCO is looking at developing a process to maintain expertise in CASCO after a group has completed its tasks.

ISO and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) have agreed on a two-year transition period from the date of publication of ISO/IEC 17021:2011 for certification bodies to bring their operations and processes in line with the requirements of the new edition. A joint IAF-ISO communiqué giving details is available here.

Joyce Bleeker
Senior Project Manager

Conformity Assessment
ISO Central Secretariat
WG 21 meeting in June 2010

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