April 2018 IAF UAC Meeting Highlights and Business Improvement Forum Announcement


The IAF User Advisory Committee (UAC), which represents the interests of end-users of accredited conformity assessment, will host a “Business Improvement Forum - Delivering confidence and enhancing quality” in Singapore on 26 October 2018. In addition to serving as a transition retrospective for the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 transitions, the “Business Improvement Forum” will also investigate how accredited certification can provide greater confidence to users and industry.


This half-day forum will bring businesses and regulators together in two lively panel discussions, supported by audience engagement, to:


  • share best practices;
  • promote the benefits of accredited certification; and
  • address challenges, gaps and opportunities for improvement.


The event will be funded by the IAF, The ISO Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) Strategic Alliance and Regulatory Group (STAR) and industry. It will occur in conjunction with the IAF/ILAC Joint Annual Meetings and is intended for stakeholders that rely upon accredited management system certifications and those that may not yet be aware of the benefits that accredited certication can provide. To learn more about the “Business Improvement Forum - Delivering confidence and enhancing quality”, please contact Sheronda Jeffries at sjeffrie@cisco.com.


The majority of the UAC’s meeting during the 2018 IAF-ILAC Mid-term meetings in Frankfurt was spent planning for the “Business Improvement Forum” including reviewing the themes for the two interactive panels, identifying attendees and presenters and general project management.  Additionally, the UAC welcomed new participants from the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).  GFSI signed an agreement during the 2018 IAF-ILAC Mid-term meetings confirming that GFSI and its benchmarked Certification Programme Owners (CPOs) will make effective use of the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA). GFSI-recognised CPOs will require certification bodies (CBs) operating in a GFSI benchmarked food safety certification programme to be accredited by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the IAF MLA.


The UAC continues to promote accredited certification and also to encourage its members to be actively engaged at the IAF to assure that the interests of end-users of accredited conformity assessment are represented.