IAF, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the new joint publication, “Accreditation in Developing Economies”. It is an update of the 2003 Publication, “Laboratory Accreditation in Developing Economies”, and provides a clear and comprehensive description of considerations for, and the steps leading to, the establishment of Accreditation Bodies in developing countries.
For government and policy decision-makers, it provides an overview of what accreditation is and how it may be applied to meet objectives such as increasing trade, addressing health and safety concerns, or improving the general overall quality of output in an economy. It discusses the need for accreditation and the over-arching conditions that should exist within an economy for the successful introduction of an accreditation system. The document provides a detailed explanation of what an accreditation system can deliver to an economy and how that system interacts with the economies of trading partners. It also describes the role that accreditation plays to help achieve domestic health, safety and quality objectives as well as facilitating trade with external jurisdictions. Furthermore, it describes the contribution that an accreditation system can make to overall good governance in an economy.
For those responsible for establishing an Accreditation Body once the policy decision to proceed has been made, the document provides background information on the essential operational requirements for Accreditation Bodies such as organizational structure, human resource needs, management system requirements, assessment and surveillance processes, record requirements, and all other the requirements that are specified in ISO/IEC 17011. It offers a description of how Accreditation Bodies perform their work, which gives insight into why the organizational structural requirements are the way they are and also outlines practical steps involved in setting up the body.
Finally, the publication outlines some of the resources that are available to assist those in developing economies, as well as some of the potential challenges that may be encountered and how to deal with them.
IAF, ILAC and UNIDO hope that the insight provided by this publication will help to demystify accreditation to those responsible in developing economies and by sharing real-life experiences, ease the process for those economies to join the accepted international system that promotes “tested and certified once – accepted everywhere”.
The new publication will be available shortly and accessible via the IAF, ILAC and UNIDO websites.