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Making Progress on Strategic Directions
Recent IAF Publications
Update from the IAF Technical Committee
Update from the IAF User Advisory Committee
2017 IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings
EMA Innovating in Accreditation for the Care of the Environment and Veterinary Medicine
IAF Members Sign MoU Supporting New International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF)
EA Supporting Ground-Breaking Trade Accord Between Canada and the European Union
News from ARAC
Certification Issues Considered in EA
New Managing Director of DAkkS
Ten Progressive Years of Sri Lanka Accreditation Board
Highlights of the 38th EA General Assembly
Workshop Demonstrates the Value of Standards and Accreditation in the Insurance Sector
Update on the ISO/CASCO 2016 Technical Work
OECD and UNIDO Publications to Support Accreditation
Celebration of World Accreditation Day 2016 by MAURITAS
ANSIā€“PAC Workshop Provides Stakeholder Insights and Overview of ISO/IEC 17065
News from BSCA
A New Associate Member in EA
Memorandum of Understanding Between EA and ETSI
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Memorandum of Understanding Between EA and ETSI
In June 2016, EA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for information and communications technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converge, broadcast and Internet technologies. ETSI is an industry-led standards development organisation with a membership of 800 manufacturers, network operators, service providers, research bodies, regulatory bodies and academia from over 64 countries. ETSI is the recognized European Standardization Organisation for Telecommunications.

ETSI and EA have the common objective to perform and promote, directly or indirectly, regional and international standardisation with the aim of contributing to the establishment of a global information infrastructure and strengthening the European accreditation structure.

Having a reciprocal interest in avoiding duplication of technical work, ETSI and EA would both benefit from adopting a complementary approach to the standardisation process in domains of mutual interest. A Mapping of Areas of Mutual Interest between ETSI and EA, annexed to the MoU, identifies the work areas agreed on by both organisations. ETSI and EA have both noted the need for structuring and strengthening their relationship by fostering a closer cooperation in developing standards for Trust Service Providers and other areas of conformity assessment and benefiting from EA’s requirements from auditors and national accreditation bodies.

The EA-ETSI MoU, which shall last 3 years before being renewed by mutual consent, was signed by Luis Jorge Romero, the ETSI Director-General, and Thomas Facklam, the EA Chair.

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