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IAF Chair's Message
by Xiao Jianhua
 
Xiao Jianhua, IAF Chair
Xiao Jianhua, IAF Chair

It is always exciting when people recall achievements in a past year and look forward to a new year. What progress has been made by IAF in 2017?


It is always exciting when people recall achievements in a past year and look forward to a new year. What progress has been made by IAF in 2017? It is a lot. Here, I would like to highlight some of the accomplishments.

 

The number of IAF Members has continually increased. There are now 106 Members in total with 81 Accreditation Body Members, 19 Association Members, and 6 Regional Accreditation Group Members.

 

The coverage of the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) has been further expanded. The IAF MLA now has 67 Accreditation Body Signatories from 61 economies and 4 Recognized Regional Accreditation Group MLAs. The revision of relevant requirements with the aim to achieve more efficient expansion of the MLA to meet the needs of the market has been completed. The FAMI-QS Certification Scheme for Feed Safety Management Systems and the International Personnel Certification Association (IPC) Certification Scheme for Management System Auditors have been endorsed as new sub-scopes of the MLA. As a high level arrangement, IAF has approved signing an MLA Agreement with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) to facilitate endorsement of GFSI benchmarked food safety certification schemes as sub-scopes of the MLA.

 

Engagement with relevant international organizations is being enhanced on an on-going basis. The International Accreditation Forum - International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation - International Organization for Standardization (IAF-ILAC-ISO) Joint Strategic Group Strategic Plan 2017 to 2020 and the ISO-IAF Publication on Expected Outcomes for Accredited Certification to ISO Management System Standards will be issued soon. The unified assessment approach for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Renewable Energy Systems is being explored by the IEC-ILAC-IAF Joint Steering Committee. The development of an International Accreditation Forum - International Organization of Legal Metrology (IAF-OIML) joint assessment procedure for the OIML Certification System has been initiated. The tripartite MoU between IAF, ILAC and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to jointly support the development of accreditation systems in developing countries has been renewed. To further contribute to energy conservation and environmental protection, IAF has achieved non-governmental organization observer status in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. The communications with the World Trade Organization/Technical Barriers to Trade Committee and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have been deepened.

 

The development of communication channels has achieved new progress. IAF Members have agreed to proceed with the establishment of an IAF Database of Accredited Management Systems Certifications. A number of industry organizations have expressed their support for the Database, and this is significant because, for example, the accredited certification to QuEST Forum's TL 9000 in the information and communication technology sector, International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG)'s AS 9100/9110/9120 in the aerospace sector, and International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949 in the automotive sector often includes complementary certification to ISO 9001, which is more than 157,000 accredited ISO 9001 certifications, and these certified organizations often require certification throughout their supply chains. Following the success of the Public Sector Assurance website, the Business Benefits website which includes case studies that confirm benefits of accredited conformity assessment for the business community has also been launched.

 

Transition to new/revised standards has drawn great attention. The transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 has been closely monitored. A resolution on implementation of transition to ISO/IEC 17011:2017 has been adopted by IAF and ILAC. IAF has also passed resolutions on transitional arrangements for the revision of ISO 50001:2011, ISO 14064-1:2006, ISO 14064-2:2006, ISO 22000:2005 and ISO/IEC TS 17021-3:2013, as well as for the newly endorsed ISO/IEC 20000-6:2017 and ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011.

 

IAF has achieved great progress for various programs in 2017, including many joint activities with ILAC. A lot of effort has been put in by our Members, especially our Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs, Working Group and Task Force Conveners, and the Secretariat. As IAF Chair, my appreciation to them is beyond expression. Looking forward, we need to meet new expectations, deal with new opportunities and challenges, including potential effects of the fourth industrial revolution. IAF is being pushed to listen and have better understanding from, and continually collaborate with customers and other stakeholders for further development of accreditation as an integral component of quality infrastructure.

Decision to Establish an IAF Database of Accredited Management Systems Certifications
 
Randy Dougherty
Randy Dougherty

On 30 October 2017, the IAF General Assembly members voted affirmatively to proceed with the development of an IAF Database of Accredited Management Systems Certificates.


IAF members made a historic decision that will probably be regarded in the future as a watershed moment. On 30 October 2017, the IAF General Assembly members voted affirmatively to proceed with the development of an IAF Database of Accredited Management Systems Certificates.

 

This was a very carefully considered decision. The stimulus for this started with a proposal by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop a database of management systems certifications. When ISO abandoned this project in 2014, the idea was tabled at IAF. A small task force within IAF worked a year to formulate 14 principles upon which to base a database; IAF members approved the set of principles by ballot in December 2015. Upon approval of the principles, a Database Management Committee (IAF DMC) was formed following a call for nominations from amongst all IAF members. The IAF DMC took two years to explore the feasibility and merits of the proposal, explore potential suppliers, manage a tender and presented the business case to members in advance of the IAF General Assembly held in Vancouver in October.

 

This historic decision now gives the IAF DMC the authority to undertake the work to create the database. The DMC is already hard at work to deliver this on behalf of IAF members and on behalf of global stakeholders (accreditation bodies, certification bodies, certified organizations and users of accredited certification) of accredited management systems certification. A new Limited Liability Company, wholly-owned by IAF, is being formed and will be responsible for oversight of the database. This new body will be contracting with a provider possessing the qualifications and expertise in the information technology space for the development and operation of the database. This should be accomplished before the end of 2017 with a goal that the database will be available before the end of 2018.

From the Secretariat
Secretariat Report

IAF has published five new documents and five revised documents since the last edition of the IAF Newsletter. IAF documents are available free of charge in the Publications area of the IAF website (iaf.nu).


IAF Membership

 

A list of current Members is available on the IAF website.

 

IAF MLA Signatories

 

The IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) currently has 67 signatories representing 61 economies. Total signatories for individual scopes are as follows:

 

Main scope:

 

Management Systems ISO/IEC 17021-1: 61 Accreditation Bodies and 4 Regional Accreditation Groups

Product ISO/IEC 17065: 60 Accreditation Bodies and 3 Regional Accreditation Groups

Persons ISO/IEC 17024: 25 Accreditation Bodies and 1 Regional Accreditation Group

 

Sub Scope Level 4:

 

GlobalG.A.P. IFA General Regulations: 30 Accreditation Bodies and 3 Regional Accreditation Groups

ISO/TS 22003: 19 Accreditation Bodies and 2 Regional Accreditation Group

ISO/IEC 27006: 6 Accreditation Bodies and 1 Regional Accreditation Group

 

Sub Scope Level 5:

 

ISO 9001: 61 Accreditation Bodies and 4 Regional Accreditation Groups

ISO 14001: 58 Accreditation Bodies and 4 Regional Accreditation Groups

GlobalG.A.P. IFA CPCCs: 30 Accreditation Bodies and 3 Regional Accreditation Groups

ISO 22000: 19 Accreditation Bodies and 2 Regional Accreditation Group

ISO/IEC 27001: 6 Accreditation Bodies and 1 Regional Accreditation Group

 

The scopes that each Accreditation Body or Regional Accreditation Group Member is a signatory for can be viewed on their individual pages on the IAF website.

 

IAF Meetings

 

The 2017 Joint IAF-ILAC Annual Meetings were held from 21 to 30 October in Vancouver, Canada and included meetings of the IAF Executive Committee, Technical Committee, MLA Committee, User Advisory Committee, Conformity Assessment Body Advisory Committee, Accreditation Body Information Exchange Group, and a number of Task Forces and Working Groups, as well as the IAF General Assembly (GA), the IAF-ILAC Joint General Assembly (JGA), and the IAF Board.

 

The Resolutions from the GA and JGA are available on the IAF website. Decisions taken include agreement to proceed with an IAF database of accredited management systems certificates, approval of the IAF-ILAC ISO/IEC 17011 Transition Plan, and endorsement of the International Personnel Certification Association (IPC)'s 'IPC Management System Auditors' certification scheme as a sub-scope of the IAF MLA.

 

The next IAF-ILAC Joint Midterm Meetings will be held in Frankfurt, Germany from 04 to 11 April 2018, and the next Joint Annual meetings will be held in Singapore from 22 to 31 October 2018.

 

Recent IAF Publications

 

IAF has published five new documents and five revised documents since the last edition of the IAF Newsletter, including the following. IAF documents are available free of charge in the Publications area of the IAF website (iaf.nu).

 

Communiqués:

 

One year to ISO 9001 and 14001 transition deadline - September 2017

 

Important information for Certification Bodies regarding transition to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 - October 2017

 

JWG A-Series Documents:

 

IAF/ILAC ISO/IEC 17011:2017 Transition Plan

In preparation for the publication of the revised ISO/IEC 17011 Conformity assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies in November 2017, IAF and ILAC have developed a plan to ensure that all accreditation bodies that are signatories to the IAF MLA and ILAC MRA have transitioned to ISO/IEC 17011:2017 three years from its date of publication in accordance with 2016 JGA Delhi Resolution 1 - Transition to ISO/IEC 17011:2017 and 2017 JGA Vancouver Resolution 2 - Implementation of transition to ISO/IEC 17011:2017.

 

Documents for General Information:

 

IAF Representatives, Liaisons, and Contacts (IAF EC-11-10 Rev. 10) - July 2017

 

IAF-ILAC-UNIDO Memorandum of Understanding

Copy of the text of the updated MoU agreed between IAF, ILAC and UNIDO. The updated MoU was signed by Xiao Jianhua, the Chair of IAF, Merih Malmqvist Nilsson, the Chair of ILAC, and Ll Yong, the UNIDO Director General, on November 24, 2017 at a ceremony in Vienna, Austria. The original tripartite MoU was signed on October 10, 2004.

 

IAF-FAMI-QS Agreement - Endorsement of the FAMI-QS Certification Scheme

This Agreement finalises the IAF endorsement of FAMI-QS asbl's FAMI-QS certification scheme. The Agreement was signed between IAF and FAMI-QS asbl by Mr Xiao Jianhua, the Chairman of IAF, and Mr. Emmanuel Geneiatakis, the Secretary General of FAMI-QS asbl, on the 29th of October 2017.

 

IAF-IPC Agreement - Endorsement of the IPC Management System Auditors Certification Scheme

This Agreement finalises the IAF endorsement of the International Personnel Certification Association (IPC)'s IPC Management System Auditors certification scheme. The Agreement was signed between IAF and IPC by Mr Xiao Jianhua, the Chairman of IAF, and Mr George Anastasopoulos, the General Secretary of IPC, on behalf of Osman Vural, the Chairman of IPC, on the 28th of October 2017.

 

Mandatory Documents:

 

IAF MD 2:2017 IAF Mandatory Document for the Transfer of Accredited Certification of Management Systems

This document provides normative criteria on the transfer of accredited management system certification between Certification Bodies. The criteria may also be applicable in the case of acquisitions of Certification Bodies accredited by an IAF or Regional MLA signatory.

 

IAF MD 8:2017 Application of ISO/IEC 17011:2004 in the Field of Medical Device Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485)

This document specifies normative criteria for Accreditation Bodies assessing and accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies which provide audit and certification to ISO 13485, in addition to the requirements contained with ISO/IEC 17011:2004. It is also appropriate as a requirements document for the peer evaluation process for the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) among Accreditation Bodies.

 

IAF MD 9:2017 Application of ISO/IEC 17021-1 in the Field of Medical Device Quality Management Systems (ISO 13485)

This document specifies normative criteria for Conformity Assessment Bodies auditing and certifying organizations’ Quality Management Systems to ISO 13485, in addition to the requirements contained with ISO/IEC 17021. It is also appropriate as a requirements document for the peer evaluation process for the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) among Accreditation Bodies.

 

Social Media

 

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International updates
IAF Renews Memorandum of Understanding with UNIDO and ILAC
 

IAF has renewed its tripartite Memorandum of Understanding with ILAC and UNIDO at a signing ceremony held on 24 November 2017 in Vienna, Austria.


IAF has renewed its tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at a signing ceremony held on 24 November 2017 in Vienna, Austria. The renewal extends the commitment between IAF, ILAC and UNIDO to cooperate in the field of accreditation and conformity assessment to facilitate the integration of developing countries into the global quality infrastructure, enhance the impact of industrial development on economic growth, and assist the integration of developing countries and transition economies into the global economy.

 

The MoU was signed by Xiao Jianhua (IAF Chair), Merih Malmqvist Nilsson (ILAC Chair) and Ll Yong (UNIDO Director General) on the sidelines of the Least Developed Countries Ministerial Conference, organized by UNIDO, where Mr. Xiao was a panelist at a side event titled ‘Integration Into Global Value Chains: Partnerships for Quality Infrastructure and Standards’. The IAF and ILAC Chairs also attended an Expert Group Meeting with UNIDO and other organizations in the field of conformity assessment on 23 November to discuss the guiding principles of quality policy.

 

UNIDO quality infrastructure-related projects aim to build the capacities of developing countries in policy formulation, institutional strengthening and private sector development. Internationally recognized accreditation systems are vital to reduce technical barriers to trade, trade costs and facilitate integration into global markets and value chains, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

More information is available here.

 

From left to right: Sergio Mujica (ISO Secretary-General), Merih Malmqvist Nilsson (ILAC Chair), Ll Yong (UNIDO Director General), Xiao Jianhua (IAF Chair), Cham Prasidh (Senior Minister of Industry and Handicrafts, Cambodia), Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento (Director of UNIDO's Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation)

IAF Accepted as an Observer Organization to the UNFCCC Process

At the twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties in November, IAF was formally admitted to the UNFCCC process as an observer organization.


At the twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in November, IAF was formally admitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process as an observer organization. This status allows participation in UNFCCC meetings, offering IAF a new platform for disseminating information about how accredited certification and the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) can help protect the environment and facilitate sustainable development.

 

IAF jointly coordinated two side events at COP 23. The first, titled ‘Adapting to climate change – developments in International Standards & accreditation’, was held on 09 November at the European Pavilion in collaboration with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC). The event provided an overview of new and emerging standards designed to aid governments, businesses and other bodies in addressing climate change. The IAF presentation, given by Peter Hissnauer of the German National Accreditation Body DAkkS, highlighted the benefits of the IAF MLA, which covers ISO 14001: Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, ISO 14065: Greenhouse gases – Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition, and ISO 50001: Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use.

 

Peter Hissnauer (DAkkS)

 

The second event, titled ‘Role of standards and accreditation to support non-state actors in light of Paris Agreement and SDGs’, was organized in conjunction with ISO. Held on 17 November, it highlighted the role of standards and accreditation in strengthening governance and transparency through certification, validation and verification. Chikako Makino of the Japan Accreditation Board (JAB), Co-Convenor of the IAF Working Group on Greenhouse Gases and Energy (ISO 14065), presented on behalf of IAF.

 

From left to right Rana Ghoneim (UNIDO), John Dora (BSI), Martin Baxter (BSI), Jose Luis Hernandez (CSA Group), Nick Blyth (IEMA), Hiroyuki Tezuka (KEIDANREN), Chikako Makino(JAB), Carlos Ruiz Garvia (UNFCCC)

IAF and ILAC Present at UNECE Working Party 6

Jon Murthy, the IAF and ILAC Communications Chair, gave a presentation at The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Working Party 6 on 30 November 2017.


 

Jon Murthy, the IAF and ILAC Communications Chair, gave a presentation at The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Party 6 on 30 November 2017. Working Party 6 works on Regulatory Cooperation & Standardization Policies to lower costs, facilitate trade & improve access to critical technologies, while protecting the health, safety of consumers, workers, & preserving our natural environment.

 

The session provided an overview of how the activities of IAF and ILAC map to support the UN’s Goals and Targets of Agenda 2030 in the fields of clean energy, clean water and sanitation, health and wellbeing, industry, innovation and infrastructure. Further information is available in this UNIDO brochure on how accreditation supports these goals.

 

IAF and ILAC have developed initiatives to promote the adoption of standards and accreditation to help meet the 2030 targets, Public Sector Assurance is a website developed by the global conformity assessment community to promote the use of standards and accreditation by Governments and Regulators. Business Benefits is a newly launched site that showcases the financial benefits for the business community. The intended aim is that these sites showcase the evidence in the value of standards and accreditation, thereby providing the case for greater adoption, and in turn a greater likelihood in contributing to Agenda 2030. The session aims to reinforce this message and encourage regulators to make greater use of standards and accreditation to meet their policy goals.

 

IAF and ILAC have established a close relationship with UNECE WP6. Last year, IAF and ILAC provided comments to make reference to the global arrangements and national accreditation systems, which were included into UNECE’s trade recommendations. 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.

 

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

 

Recommendation G: Acceptance of Conformity Assessment Results

Regional Updates
Thomas Facklam Chairs his Last EA General Assembly
 
Thomas Facklam
Thomas Facklam

The 40th European Co-operation for Accreditation General Assembly meeting held on 22-23 November 2017 in Berlin, Germany, was the last one chaired by Thomas Facklam, whose chairmanship of EA is coming to a close at the end of this year.


The 40th European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) General Assembly (GA) meeting held on 22-23 November 2017 in Berlin, Germany, was the last one chaired by Thomas Facklam, whose chairmanship of EA is coming to a close at the end of this year.

 

EA Members paid Thomas great and warm tribute for his outstanding contribution to the everyday activities and success of EA. Thomas has been serving various positions in the EA Executive Committee for 17 years: first, he was the Vice-Chairman of EA from 2000 to 2005, then the Chair of the EA Multilateral Agreement Council (MAC) from 2010 to 2013, and finally the Chairman of EA from 2014 to 2017.

 

During the EA GA meeting, Hans Ingels from the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) expressed his personal satisfaction for the successful collaboration that could develop with EA during Thomas’s mandate: “Thomas has brought a strong contribution to the professionalization of EA by developing, among other things, a closer cooperation with the European Commission and placing EA as a key player in a global network. Everyone in the Commission who met with Thomas shares the opinion that he is an outstanding Chair, particularly most efficient in promoting accreditation in the single market. Thomassmile is famous; Thomas is always so convincing that it is difficult to say “no” to him! Accreditation means working with and for people, and that is very well carried on by Thomas, who has always been marking himself out by his tolerance, kindness, smartness and honesty.”

 

In addition to his responsibilities in EA, Thomas was the Chief Executive Director of the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS), the German national accreditation body, during 2010 and 2011. For the previous 17 years, Thomas managed TGA GmbH as Chief Executive Director. He was also a key player in the reorganization of the German accreditation system, which culminated with the setting up of DAkkS in 2009.

 

Furthermore, Thomas was elected the Vice-Chair of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) from 1998 to 2002, when he became the Chair until 2009. He has also been very much committed as DAkkS and German delegate in numerous national and international standards committees and working groups.

 

This most active and brilliant professional career was fittingly celebrated during the last EA General Assembly, where EA Members who had come with specialities from their respective countries waved and offered them as a special EA gift to Thomas at the end of the GA meeting. This multinational sign of gratitude also demonstrated how EA membership is diversified but still harmonised for Thomas’ celebration!

 

Thomas, who certainly will remember the large EA family for a long time, said he would continue with DAkkS and accreditation for a while. No doubt the entire accreditation community will miss him a lot!

 

Further news from EA and developments in EA committees is available on the EA website.

CETA Protocol on Conformity Assessment: Update on the Cooperation Between EA and SCC
 

Signed at the EU-Canada Summit on 30th October 2016, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a trade agreement, designed to strengthen economic relations and develop business between the European Union and Canada.


Signed at the EU-Canada Summit on 30th October 2016, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a trade agreement, designed to strengthen economic relations and develop business between the European Union and Canada.

 

It includes a chapter on technical barriers to trade that encourages cooperation in technical regulations, standards to avoid unnecessary obstacles to international trade, by positioning conformity assessment as a prerequisite to business on the European and Canadian markets.

The details are covered in the CETA Protocol on the Mutual Acceptance of the Results of Conformity Assessment (CA Protocol).

 

The CETA CA Protocol may be summarized that products being placed on the Canadian or the EU market shall be certified by recognized Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs). These CABs shall be accredited by a recognized National Accreditation Body (NAB). The CABs and NABs shall be located either in Canada or in the EU. The provisions for recognition are defined in the CA Protocol.

 

In order to facilitate the recognition of CABs and NABs, the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) signed a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement (BCA) in 2016.

 

The implementation of the CA Protocol, facilitated by the BCA between EA and SCC, includes inter alia the selection of a first pilot project, based on the ATEX /HAZLOC systems (equipment allowed in explosive atmospheres) as ATEX in Europe is very similar to HAZLOC in Canada. The pilot project includes:

  • Exchange of relevant information, notably regarding the applicable standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures,
  • Assessment of a Canadian CAB according to ISO/IEC 17065 and HAZLOC requirements, performed by SCC and observed by EA,
  • Assessment of a CAB located in the EU according to ISO/IEC 17065 and ATEX requirements, performed by the French NAB COFRAC and observed by SCC.

 

The pilot project is almost concluded. The observation activities have taken place and the requirements according to ATEX and HAZLOC have been analyzed. 
The next step is to start with the recognition of NABs and CABs according to the CA Protocol. Therefore, in March – May 2018, assessments shall be performed:

  • in Europe, according to ISO/IEC 17065 and the HAZLOC requirements;
  • in Canada, according to ISO/IEC 17065 and the ATEX requirements.

The assessments shall be performed by the NAB located in the country of the CAB. The assessments will be performed in English or French and CABs, interested on recognition under CETA, may contact their National Accreditation Body.

To get detailed information on: 

 

- the BCA signed between EA and SCC, click here to read the brochure “CETA Agreement and Conformity Assessment Accreditation: a tool to enhance trade between the European Union and Canada”,

- the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), click here

 

Further news from EA and developments in EA committees is available on the EA website.

Successful Collaboration Between EA and European Union Agency For Railways
 

The European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) successfully fulfilled its cooperation role with the European Union Agency for Railways to improve the consistent assessment of conformity assessment bodies regarding the Interoperability Directive (IOD).


The European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) successfully fulfilled its cooperation role with the European Union Agency for Railways to improve the consistent assessment of conformity assessment bodies regarding the Interoperability Directive (IOD).

 

The main objective was to develop a detailed set of requirements, in particular technical requirements, needed to be fulfilled by notified bodies in order to improve and harmonize the general level of performance of EU notified bodies under Directive 2008/57/EC and to increase trust in the work performed by notified bodies.

 

The assessment scheme developed is divided into two parts: a first one produces general references and information on legal requirements for notified bodies, scheme owners, the NAB assessment teams, accreditation information etc., and a second one provides sectorial requirements to apply when accrediting CABs for the purpose of notification under the IOD.

 

On 27th June 2017, the Agency’s Management Board approved the provisions for auditing notified conformity assessment bodies in the framework of Article 34 § 3 of Regulation (EU) 2016/796.

 

This successful outcome is a very good example of fruitful cooperation between EA and the European Commission and its agencies. It enhances confidence for future cooperation projects with the European Commission and its Directorate-Generals (DGs) and agencies.

 

Click here to get more information about this decision and the technical requirements for Conformity Assessment Bodies seeking notification

 

Further news from EA and developments in EA committees is available on the EA website.

IAF Committees
User Advisory Committee Update

The IAF UAC, which represents the interests of end-users of accredited conformity assessment, continues to grow.


The IAF User Advisory Committee or UAC, which represents the interests of end-users of accredited conformity assessment, continues to grow. The UAC recently welcomed the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and FSSC 22000 as members. Dale Hammer, President of the International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB) for the automotive industry’s International Automotive Task Force (IATF), attended the UAC’s 14th meeting in Vancouver, Canada and has communicated his intent to join, which will further increase the participation of industry sectors and stakeholders in the IAF.

 

The IAF approved the IAF-FAMI-QS and IAF-IPC MLA agreements in October 2017, which finalizes the IAF endorsement of these industry schemes.

 

The UAC also continues to use its influence to impact decisions made within the IAF. At the 31st Annual IAF General Assembly, a resolution was passed in response to a discussion paper submitted by the aerospace and information and communications technology (ICT)/telecom industries regarding the rate of ISO 9001/ISO 14001 transition to the 2015 versions. The resolution requires external audits to occur to the 2015 versions beginning March 15, 2018, which is 6 months prior to the deadline. The resolution is intended to minimize interruptions to supply chains due to certification expiration or withdrawal on September 15, 2018. A communiqué with important information for CB's is posted on the IAF website.

 

The most significant resolution impacting users passed at the 31st General Assembly established the creation of the Database for Accredited Management Systems Certifications. The database will provide a single source of truth to verify International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification validity, which will be more efficient and effective for all end-users. The presentation by the IAF Database Management Committee (DMC) at the General Assembly included a video showing how users and industry could potentially use the database to verify the validity of accredited certifications for use in purchasing/procurement decisions. This was also explained in an article written by the UAC’s Sheronda Jeffries and Carmine Reda titled “Benefits of Accredited Conformity Assessment and the Supply Chain” which has been widely publicized at multiple websites.

 

For 2018, the UAC will host a “User Day” event which will be funded by the IAF, the ISO Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) Strategic Alliance and Regulatory Group (STAR) and industry. In addition to serving as a transition retrospective for the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 transitions, the “User Day” event will also investigate how accredited certification can provide greater confidence to users and industry. If you are interested in speaking at the “User Day” event, please contact Sheronda Jeffries at sjeffrie@cisco.com.

 

UAC Members at the 2017 Joint IAF-ILAC Annual Meetings

IAF General Assembly - IAF Transitional Arrangements

At the 31st IAF General Assembly held on 28 and 30 October 2017, IAF Members agreed on transitional arrangements for a number of standards.


At the 31st IAF General Assembly held on 28 and 30 October 2017, IAF Members agreed on transitional arrangements for a number of standards, including ISO 50001 (energy management systems), ISO 14064-1 and 14064-2 (Greenhouse gases), ISO 22000 (food safety management systems), ISO 17021-3 (requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems), and ISO 20000-6 and ISO 20000-1 (IT service management). Many of these revised standards are yet to be published, however the process has been agreed to ensure that accreditation bodies are well prepared in advance of the publications of the standard.

 

In order to accelerate the transition of clients to the 2015 versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, certification bodies must audit to the new version of the standard from March 15th 2018. More information is available in the IAF communiqué ‘Important information for Certification Bodies regarding transition to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001’.

 

A full list of resolutions from the 31st General Assembly is available on the IAF website.

Accreditation Updates
Increased Certification for Non-Regulated Professions in Italy

In Italy, the combination of an economic crisis and the digital age has led to the emergence of three million professionals not regulated by registers or orders. In 2013, in order to regulate various professions, the Law no. 4 “Dispositions for non-organized professions” was released.


In Italy, the combination of an economic crisis and the digital age has led to the emergence of three million professionals not regulated by registers or orders. In 2013, in order to regulate various professions, the Law no. 4 “Dispositions for non-organized professions” was released. The certification issued by accredited certification bodies, among the procedures identified by Law no. 4/2013, is the basis of profound changes in the labour market.

From the entry into force of the Law, masseurs, naturopaths and kinesiologists, graphic designers, advertisers, safety managers in the workplace, experts in taxation law, translators, up to apartment block administrators and real estate appraisers, wedding planners, e-reputation managers and digital copywriters, can prove that they are qualified through: a self-assessment declaration, certification of the reference associations and certification of third party certification bodies accredited by Accredia (Italian National Accreditation Body), provided that it’s issued in compliance with UNI (Italian Standardization Body) technical standards. The accredited certification demonstrates that the assessment of the requirements is carried out following the principles of impartiality and independence by a third party body and not on the basis of a self-declaration.

“The legislation mandates these professionals to highlight, in every document and written report with the client, the reference to Law no. 4/2013, which is applicable for the protection of the consumer – explains Emanuele Riva, IAF Vice President and Director of the Certification and Inspection Department of Accredia – who will have more guarantees on the know-how, competence, quality and safety of services provided.

On the other hand it also benefits the professional themselves who will have their certification recognized on international markets, thanks to the Multilateral Agreements of EA (European co-operation for Accreditation), recognized by the European Commission (EC) as a European accreditation infrastructure.

To date there are 46 certification bodies accredited by Accredia and over 200,000 accredited professionals.

The regulation of professionals, in general, remains a voluntary decision even if to access some roles the legislation can set as mandatory the possession of certifications issued by accredited conformity assessment bodies. Especially in some professions, they are required continuous professional training, theoretical-practical verification of specialist knowledge, absence of disciplinary measures.

There are 175 professions for which it is possible to request an accredited certification, as also shown by Accredia Data Banks, 125 refer to UNI certification standards.

“There is a greater awareness of accreditation – continues Emanuele Riva. Just think that before the Law was introduced in Italy, there were 4 certification bodies, while today there are 46 certification bodies accredited for certification of professionals. The professional associations, in order to give value to their members, benefit from the opportunity offered by this Law, regulating with a UNI standard the competencies required to perform a specific profession.”

The attention for the certification of professionals and its recognition are now subjects of discussion by the EC too.

“The EC is looking for some criteria to include private professions in the EU database of qualifications (Pillar III of ESCO)", and accreditation seems to be the solution – explains Riva. To be clear, this means that those who want their private certification listed in the EC database (i.e. recognized thanks to the mutual recognition of competences in the European Union, for the mobility of people) will have to possess an accredited certification.

ANSI Launches Voluntary Pilot Accreditation Program for Certification Bodies Seeking Accreditation for FDA-Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-Foreign Supplier Verification Programs
 

The American National Standards Institute, coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, has initiated a Voluntary Pilot Accreditation Program for Certification Bodies seeking accreditation to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act  - Foreign Supplier Verification Programs.


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, has initiated a Voluntary Pilot Accreditation Program for Certification Bodies seeking accreditation to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) - Foreign Supplier Verification Programs.

 

The FDA FSMA Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals requires that importers perform certain risk-based activities to verify that food imported into the United States has been produced in a manner that meets applicable safety standards. The rule, with first compliance dates that began on May 30, 2017, is the result of outreach to industry, consumer groups, the agency’s federal, state, local, tribal, and international regulatory counterparts, academia, and other stakeholders.

 

In response, ANSI has launched a Voluntary Pilot Accreditation Program for Certification Bodies (CBs) seeking accreditation to the FDA FSMA Final Rule. The objective of ANSI’s voluntary program is to evaluate CBs on an independent third-party basis to determine their compliance with the requirements of FDA regulations; the international standard ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes, and services; and pertinent certification scheme requirements. The CBs that comply with such requirements will be recognized as ANSI Accredited Certification Bodies (ANSI ACBs) to conduct food safety audits and issuing of certifications on foreign food suppliers in accordance with FDA–FSMA - Foreign Supplier Verification Programs on a voluntary basis.

 

By providing CBs with the opportunity to execute foreign supplier audits under this pilot accreditation program, ANSI serves to enhance the rigor of the audits and improve the safety of imported foods.

 

Certification Bodies interested in participating in the ANSI Voluntary Pilot Accreditation Program are encouraged to request the ANSI application package.

 

To obtain an application package for this new pilot accreditation program, please contact Reinaldo Figueiredo (rfigueir@ansi.org; 202.331.3611), ANSI senior program director, product/process/services accreditation programs.

New Accreditation Programs in EMA

The Mexican Accreditation Entity has launched new accreditation programs.


In the Mexican Accreditation Entity (EMA), we have new accreditation programs:

 

Zoos

 

In November, we launched the accreditation program for Certification Bodies in the NMX-AA-165-SCFI-2014 establishing the requirements for certification with respect to animal welfare, conservation, research, education and security in the zoological sector.

 

Interested Certification Bodies must complete the following steps before being able to carry out the audits in order to issue the corresponding certificates:

  1. Obtain the accreditation or be accredited by the Mexican Accreditation Entity under the ISO / IEC 17065 standard and comply with the necessary requirements to evaluate the conformity to NMX-AA-165-SCFI-2014 which establishes the requirements for the certification to animal welfare, conservation, research, education and security in the zoological sector.
  2. Obtain approval from the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Mexican authority in environmental protection).

It is a voluntary certification to recognize institutions as places that treat their animals well and comply with Conservation, Environmental Education, Research and Recreation requirements.

 

 

 

Aesthetics and Spa for Pets

 

Interested in continuing to promote good practices in the veterinary profession, EMA launched an Accreditation scheme for the Certification of Aesthetics and Spas for Pets with the main objective of guaranteeing good practices in these establishments.

 

The program is based on compliance with the ISO/IEC 17065 standard and has as a technical basis the Guide to Good Practices for Aesthetics and Veterinary Spas.

 

Interested Certification Bodies must complete the following steps before being able to carry out audits in order to issue the corresponding certificates:

  1. Obtain the accreditation or be accredited by the Mexican Accreditation Entity under the ISO / IEC 17065 standard and comply with the necessary requirements to evaluate the conformity of the Guide of Good Practices for Aesthetics and Spas for Pets.

 

Anti-Bribery Management Systems

 

Since this September, EMA has had an Anti-bribery management systems program that specifies a series of measures for companies to implement controls that improve their capacity to prevent, detect and treat the risk of bribery.

 

Meeting the ISO 37001:2016 standard demonstrates that a company is committed to anti-bribery practices that have been recognized worldwide, not only within its own operations, but also in transactions of its entire global value chain.

 

 

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SWEDAC to Help JANAAC in Expanding Their Accreditation Services

The Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment, SWEDAC, has renewed an agreement with the Jamaican national accreditation body, JANAAC, to help them develop the capacity to expand their accreditation services.


In November 2017, JANAAC’s Chief Executive Officer Sharonmae Shirley and the Accreditation Manager Nickoe Boothe-Thompson, along with six lead assessors, visited Sweden to exchange knowledge and experience. Jamaica’s national accreditation body has been established mainly thanks to collaboration with SWEDAC. The policies and procedures in place are based on SWEDAC’s models.

 

"We are pleased to partner with SWEDAC once again, since we already have a longstanding relationship from our early formative years," says Chief Executive Officer Sharonmae Shirley.

Since its establishment in 2009, JANAAC has developed accreditation of testing and medical laboratories. In 2017, they began offering their inspection body accreditation services, and are now looking to expand them. JANAAC is also seeking to get customers to desire accreditation, and hopes to do this by stakeholder education and through the necessary accreditation-related legislation and regulations needed to aid this process.

 

"It could help us achieve greater buy-in from stakeholders, something we currently lack since accreditation is not mandatory for any area or industry in Jamaica. SWEDAC’s experience working with legislators can assist our legislators in understanding how regulations would have a positive impact not only on our economy but also on our quality infrastructure," says Accreditation Manager Nickoe Boothe-Thompson.

JANAAC has recently established an electronic accreditation management system, but have now come to discover that their system only covers one aspect of many needed. In light of this, JANAAC’s accreditation managers will also continue a technical dialogue with their SWEDAC counterparts, and look for ways to expand their IT-system.

 

"We can jumpstart our growth process by looking at the challenges SWEDAC has had with the accreditation process, and how they have solved them over the years," says Sharonmae Shirley.

EGAC Update
 
Hany El Desouki (EGAC Executive Director) at the 2017 AFRAC Meetings
Hany El Desouki (EGAC Executive Director) at the 2017 AFRAC Meetings

2017 was a very active and exciting year in the Egyptian Accreditation Council as many activities were carried out in this year.


2017 was a very active and exciting year in the Egyptian Accreditation Council (EGAC) as many activities were carried out in this year.

 

In February 2017, EGAC was successfully evaluated by IAF and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to renew EGAC’s signatory status. The evaluation was in the scopes of Testing, Calibration and Medical Labs, Inspection Bodies and Certification Bodies of quality management systems (QMS) and environmental management systems (EMS). EGAC signatory scope status was also extended to include food safety management systems (FSMS).

 

In March 2017, EGAC was successfully evaluated by the Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) to renew its recognition and in the framework of ARAC recognition by ILAC/IAF. The evaluation was implemented in the same scopes and to extend the recognition scope to include FSMS.

 

In July 2017, EGAC was successfully evaluated by the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) to renew its recognition and in the framework of AFRAC recognition by ILAC/IAF. The evaluation was implemented in the same scopes and to extend the recognition scope to include FSMS.

 

In October 2017, EGAC signed a certificate for its FSMS recognition at the IAF/ILAC Joint General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada. ARAC also signed MRA/MLA certificates in the same event.

 

EGAC hosted the AFRAC General Assembly and Meetings in Cairo from 23 - 29 September 2017 under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Trade and Industry with participation of more than 60 representatives from a variety of African countries and Egyptian government and organizations.

 

This event had large coverage in Egyptian Media including official TV and satellite channels in addition to electronic news websites.

 

As a beneficiary of a twinning project between the European Union (EU) and Ministry of Trade and Industry named the Trade and Domestic Market Enhancement Program (TDMEP), EGAC succeeded to extend its scope of accreditation to include 3 new scopes: Accreditation of Proficiency Testing (PT) Providers under ISO/IEC 17043:2010, Accreditation of Product Certification Bodies under ISO/IEC 17065:2012 and Accreditation of Persons Certification under ISO/IEC 17024:2012. EGAC has accredited two new PT Providers in 2017.

 

In May 2017, EGAC submitted its application to sign a Bilateral Agreement (BLA) with the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) in the scope of PT providers. It is expected to be evaluated by EA in June 2018 as scheduled by the EA Multilateral Agreement (MRA) committee.

 

In November 2017 and in the framework of cooperation between EGAC and correspondent accreditation bodies, a delegation from Chinese National Accreditation Services (CNAS) visited EGAC.
The main purpose of this visit is to prepare for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two parties. It was decided to sign the MOU next March during the midterm meetings of ILAC and IAF in Germany. CNAS delegates were acquainted with all EGAC procedures and accreditation requirements and also received considerable information about Egypt technical regulations and rules especially those issued by the Ministry of Trade and Industry for organizing Export and Import.

 

EGAC is preparing to celebrate World Accreditation Day (WAD) through holding an awareness workshop to introduce the updated policies of accreditation and new publications and regulations from ILAC and IAF.

 

The EGAC official social networking account is published through facebook with the URL (https://www.facebook.com/www.egac.gov.eg)

ONAC celebrates 10 years as Accreditation Body in Colombia

Ten years ago, on 20 November 2007, in the city of Bogotá - Colombia, the act of constitution which officially created the National Accreditation Body of Colombia was signed.


Ten years ago, on 20 November 2007, in the city of Bogotá - Colombia, the act of constitution which officially created the National Accreditation Body of Colombia (ONAC) was signed, establishing ONAC as an autonomous body: with patrimony, budget and independent administration of the activity of government; as a result of the convergence of wills between the Colombian public and private sectors, in order to realize their desire to achieve a better regulation and operability of the national quality infrastructure.

 

With the foundation of ONAC, a path of great challenges was undertaken, but also a lot of opportunities for the National Quality Infrastructure development, that with the support accreditation and the multilateral recognitions will grant to its activity, must become a fundamental instrument to promote the productive and commercial development of the country.

 

Thus, we want to share with you a brief account of the history of ONAC, by means of a timeline that illustrates the evolution of ONAC and how it has oriented all its efforts to the continuous contribution of the consolidation of the quality infrastructure in the country, through the strengthening of the accreditation activity and the evaluation of conformity.

 

 

DIVERSIFICATION OF THE SERVICES OFFERED

 

As a result of the work done in the research and development department, in October 2017 ONAC presented its new line of Services Focused on Sustainability, made up of a set of regulatory schemes that support the green market needs, such as:

 

- Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) scheme certification.

- GLOBALG.A.P. certification.

- Energy Management Systems (ISO 50001) certification.

 

The achievements of ONAC are the result of shared efforts with the conformity assessment bodies accredited and the institutions that, during this first decade, contributed to generate synergies that have improved the concept of quality, from understanding it as a mandatory requirement to seeing it as a strategy that enhances the progress of our country.

 

Currently ONAC hopes that the result of all the work done during its first decade can attend to the needs that the market imposes and can generate more confidence in quality in Colombia, and in the process, transform the world into a better one.

Stakeholder News
19 Years of Celebrating the Environment from a Child’s Perspective

The International Environmental Children’s Drawing Contest has thus far received 290,000 drawings from 96 countries.


In 1999, IQNet Association, the International Certification Network, and Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA), with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Tokyo, started hosting the International Environmental Children’s Drawing Contest, open for children ages 7 to 15 all over the world.


JQA, the proponent of the contest, annually introduces a theme that sparks children’s imagination and artistic sensitivity. Children are encouraged to submit their works individually or through the assistance of their schools.


“It is interesting to see how our children, despite various cultural background and languages, convey a distinct and common message of hope for a better environment,” says Pedro Alves, Managing Director of IQNet. On its way to its 20th year, the contest is seen as an effective way to hone our youth’s care for the environment beyond borders.


With the theme “We all live on Earth”, IQNet and JQA are requesting your contribution by promoting this contest to children in your community to submit their free-hand drawings until 31 May 2018. Announcement of winners will be on August 2018.


Forty-eight (48) winners will receive special memorabilia from JQA, while all entrants will receive a participation prize. Further details may be seen in the contest webpage: www.childrens-drawing.com.


Japan Quality Assurance, a Partner of IQNet since 1994, is a certification organization that offers comprehensive services, including certifications based on International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) standards, and has been actively engaged in the development and delivery of services that focus on environmental issues and reducing businesses’ environmental loads.