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IAF Chair's Message
Secretariat Report
UNECE Trade Recommendations Reference Accreditation
Strong Progress on IAF Database
User Advisory Committee Update
3P-EVP – Third Party Effectiveness Verification Program
IAF Technical Committee Task Force OH&SMS for the Development of a new IAF-MD Based on the Mandatory Document EA-3/13 M
IQNet: The Value of the Implementation and Certification of Management Systems International Standards
Protecting and Promoting French Know-How: from Now on Manufactured Goods Are Eligible for Protected Indication
ANSI’s Vice President of Accreditation Services Presents at GFSI Conference
Original Exhibition in PCA
Philippines Celebrates World Accreditation Day
BSCA: A Step Towards Harmonization
NABET Update
EGAC Update
ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 Training Course for Mauritius Accreditation Service Assessors
DAC Makes Significant Progress on Regional & International Arenas in Q1
Innovating and Strengthening Areas in EMA
AFRAC Holds Training Workshop for its Peer Evaluators
ARAC Update
Highlights of the EA Certification Committee Meeting in March 2017
Many Decisions Taken to Enhance the EA Multilateral Agreement
Major milestones in EA and MLA scopes and standards at its 39th General Assembly


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Strong Progress on IAF Database
The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Database Management Committee (DMC), in collaboration with consultant Jerry Norris, continue to make good progress on the development of recommendations for the IAF database of accredited management system certificates. The DMC will make these recommendations at the IAF General Assembly in Vancouver in October 2017 in the form of a formal proposal for the establishment of the IAF database.

At the heart of this work is the Principles document that the DMC consulted with the IAF membership on twice. The work now being carried out is to ensure that all these Principles can be adhered to in the database, from the security of information and the management of costs to the simplicity of data gathering.

One of the key tasks is the selection of potential vendors to develop and manage the database. A number have already been approached and ultimately those deemed suitable will be asked to submit a formal tender. Evaluation of the tender will be carried out, again with the Principles at the heart of the decision-making process. A final proposal from the DMC for the preferred vendor will be one of the key elements of the October presentation.

DMC Chair Randy Dougherty says, ‘the database presents a very significant opportunity for accreditation and accredited management system certification to really stand out as a global tool for business and governments to use. I am pleased with the progress with the DMC’s work which will demonstrate to the IAF membership that this will be a major asset for IAF, its members and most importantly the users of accredited certification’.

The DMC is always happy to hear any ideas or suggestions the IAF membership has on the database. These can be forwarded to Randy at rdougherty@anab.org or IAF Secretary Elva Nilsen at secretary@iaf.nu.