In this issue
Two column articles
IAF Chair's Message
World Accreditation Day 2018
From the Secretariat
Recent IAF Publications
Secretariat Report
Stay in Touch
International updates
Contract Signed for IAF Database
ISO 9001 Certification Used as a Measure in Global Innovation Index
IAF Participates in the 5th Annual Meeting of IOs
Regional Updates
Feedback on the 35th EA Certification Committee meeting
EA promotes accreditation in Europe
IAF Committees
April 2018 IAF Technical Committee Meeting Highlights
2015 ISO Transition Deadline Approaching
March 2018 IAF/ILAC Communications Committees Update
April 2018 IAF MLA MC Meeting Highlights
April 2018 IAF UAC Meeting Highlights and Business Improvement Forum Announcement
Accreditation Updates
ANSI Seeks Industry Feedback for Water-Footprint Verification Accreditation Program
ATS News
MAURITAS Update
Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation signed between NAH Hungary and the Food And Drug Administration of The Islamic Republic of Iran
Philippine Accreditation Bureau Embarks on Roadshows on Food Safety in 2018
SNAS Implements new IT System
Stakeholder News
Spreading the message of the benefits of accredited certification in Argentina
New Global Partnership Formed Between the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
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IAF Chair's Message
by Xiao Jianhua

2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of IAF and also the 20th Anniversary of the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement.

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World Accreditation Day 2018

09 June 2018 marks World Accreditation Day as a global initiative, jointly established by IAF and ILAC to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.

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Recent IAF Publications

IAF has published twelve new and revised documents and one communiqué since the last edition of the IAF Newsletter. IAF documents are available free of charge in the Publications area of the IAF website.

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Secretariat Report

The number of IAF members now totals 108, with 83 Accreditation Body Members, 19 Association Members, and 6 Regional Accreditation Group Members.

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Stay in Touch

Following the introduction of the European GDPR Regulations, IAF has been working to ensure that it is compliant. We would like to stay in contact with you and hope that you remain a subscriber to IAF News.

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Contract Signed for IAF Database
 

01 May 2018 saw a significant step forward with the signing of the contract between the IAF Database LLC and the database provider Quality Trade.

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ISO 9001 Certification Used as a Measure in Global Innovation Index

The Global Innovation Index (GII) provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world. One of the 81 indicators used to measure a country’s innovation performance is the number of accredited certificates to the quality management system standard, ISO 9001.

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IAF Participates in the 5th Annual Meeting of IOs
 

The IAF Chair and IAF Secretary attended the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s 5th Annual Meeting of International Organisations in April 2018.

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Feedback on the 35th EA Certification Committee meeting
 

The 35th EA Certification Committee meeting was held from 14-15 March 2018, in Windsor, UK.

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EA promotes accreditation in Europe
 

The 41st EA General Assembly was held from 16-17 May 2018, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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April 2018 IAF Technical Committee Meeting Highlights
 

The IAF Technical Committee met 06-07 April 2018 in Frankfurt Germany, with 170 participants from the Accreditation and Certification Body communities, as well as stakeholders from around the world.

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2015 ISO Transition Deadline Approaching
 

IAF wishes to remind any certified entity that on 15 September 2018, all ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certificates will expire and no longer be valid.

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March 2018 IAF/ILAC Communications Committees Update
 

The most recent meeting of the IAF Communication & Marketing Committee, the ILAC Marketing & Communications Committee and the Joint meeting saw IAF and ILAC members work with members from the IAF Regional Accreditation Group IAAC – the Inter American Accreditation Cooperation.

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April 2018 IAF MLA MC Meeting Highlights
 

Major progress was made during the IAF MLA Management Committee meeting on 05 April 2018, with agreement reached to expand the sub-scope listings for three Recognized Regional Accreditation Groups and thirty-nine IAF Member ABs.

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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.

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ANSI Seeks Industry Feedback for Water-Footprint Verification Accreditation Program
 

The UN World Water Development Report 2018 reveals that while global water demand is expected to surge over the next two decades, water pollution and scarcity are a growing threat to society at large. As a response to these conditions, the ANSI is seeking feedback on the possible development of a water-footprint verification accreditation program.

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ATS News

2018 is an important year for ATS as it marks its 20th anniversary of operation.

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MAURITAS Update
 

In order to fine-tune the knowledge of its pool of assessors, technical experts and representatives of certification bodies in the field of FSMS (Food Safety Management Systems), MAURITAS organized a three-day training course from 28 February to 02 March 2018.

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Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation signed between NAH Hungary and the Food And Drug Administration of The Islamic Republic of Iran
 

On 01 March 2018 a MoU for Cooperation was signed between NAH and the Food And Drug Administration of Iran.

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Philippine Accreditation Bureau Embarks on Roadshows on Food Safety in 2018
 

PAB is embarking on an initiative that will help in delivering a safer world through safe food and clean water. The first of the series of the “Roadshow on Food Safety” seminars will be held on 13 June 2018 in celebration of World Accreditation Day.

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SNAS Implements new IT System
 

SNAS, together with information technology company YMS, successfully implemented the complex project of transforming the accreditation service from a paper-based to an electronic service.

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Spreading the message of the benefits of accredited certification in Argentina
 

Having IAF communications meetings in different geographies outside the realm of the IAF/ILAC Joint Annual and Mid-Term meetings presents fabulous opportunities to engage with key stakeholders.

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New Global Partnership Formed Between the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
 

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a pillar of The Consumer Goods Forum, are pleased to announce a new partnership as part of an ongoing strategy to strengthen collaboration for the benefit of consumers worldwide.

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