IAF continues to look towards the future with the development of a new strategic plan.
The number of IAF members now totals 111, with 84 Accreditation Body Members, 21 Association Members, and 6 Regional Accreditation Group Members. The IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) now has 73 Accreditation Body Signatories from 66 economies and 5 Recognized Regional Accreditation Group MLAs.
The IAF General Assembly in October 2018 in Singapore decided that the IAF Executive Committee would conduct a new strategic planning exercise in 2019, working together with the ILAC Executive Committee for joint activities. To help inform their future strategic plans, the IAF and ILAC Executive Committees agreed in Singapore to develop a survey on the values of each organization and proposed strategic directions and actions for IAF and ILAC, which was distributed to members and partner organizations in February 2019.
During the IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings in April 2019 in Mexico City, the IAF and ILAC Executive Committees discussed the results of the Joint Survey and unanimously agreed to present a recommendation to the IAF and ILAC members for approval during the IAF and ILAC General Assemblies at the 2019 Annual Meetings.
The IAF and ILAC Executive Committees meet in Mexico City
The IAF Executive Committee also held a strategic planning session during the Mexico City meetings for the development of the draft 2020–2025 IAF Strategic Plan. The outcomes document, which includes the draft mission, vision, values, and strategic directions and actions, will be reviewed by IAF members at the 2019 Frankfurt General Assembly.
The proposed strategic directions for the 2020–2025 IAF Strategic Plan will include: to expand acceptance of accreditation and the IAF MLA, to enhance the delivery of credible and reliable accredited conformity assessment services globally, and to increase the relevancy and sustainability of IAF. The relationship between IAF and ILAC will be a joint strategic direction with ILAC.
Progress on the development of the IAF Database of Accredited Certifications (now known as IAF CertSearch) continues. During the Mid-Term Meetings in Mexico City, the IAF Executive Committee and the IAF Database Management Committee made new progress on the development of an IAF document detailing the use of the CertSearch Mark, which is currently out for ballot among IAF Members, along with a change to the database principles. The aim is for the database to go live in 2019.
Since the IAF General Assembly in Singapore, all Committees, including the MLA Committee (MLAC), the Technical Committee (TC), the Communications and Marketing Committee (CMC), the Development Support Committee (DSC), the Accreditation Body Information Exchange Group (ABIEG), the User Advisory Committee (UAC), and the Conformity Assessment Body Advisory Committee (CABAC) have made new progress.
Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the IAF Vice Chair, Chairs and Vice-chairs of the Committees, Conveners of the Committees’ Working Groups and Task Forces, and to the IAF Secretariat for their continual efforts in making IAF achieve new progress, and I invite all IAF Members and Partner Organizations to attend the 2019 IAF/ILAC Joint Annual Meetings to be held from 21 – 30 October 2019 in Frankfurt.
09 June 2019 marked World Accreditation Day, a global initiative established by ILAC and IAF to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme focused on how accreditation adds value to supply chains.
09 June 2019 marked World Accreditation Day, a global initiative established by ILAC and IAF to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme focused on how accreditation adds value to supply chains.
80% of trade involves elements of testing, calibration, inspection and certification activities, collectively known as conformity assessment. Accreditation is the independent evaluation of Conformity Assessment Bodies against recognized standards to ensure their impartiality, competence and consistency. Accreditation, therefore, plays an important role in reducing the costs of trade and doing business, enhancing technology transfer, and increasing investment.
The Chairs of both organizations have released a joint statement to introduce the importance of the theme and how accreditation can support government, regulators and businesses by providing widely accepted tools that help deliver value to supply chains. A brochure and poster have also been produced to include examples from around the world to demonstrate how accreditation operates across all sector supply chains.
To learn more about local World Accreditation Day events, or to find other WAD materials that are available in your language, please contact your local IAF Member. Follow ILAC and IAF on Twitter to see outcomes from World Accreditation Day activities across the globe. If you are active on social media use the hashtag #WAD2019. We hope everyone had a safe and happy World Accreditation Day 2019!
IAF has published eight new and revised publicly available documents since the last edition of the IAF Newsletter. IAF documents are available free of charge in the Publications area of the IAF website.
IAF has published eight new and revised publicly available documents since the last edition of the IAF Newsletter. IAF documents are available free of charge in the Publications area of the IAF website.
(Issue 4, issued 07 May 2019, application from 07 May 2020)
This document is mandatory for the consistent application of the relevant clauses of ISO/IEC 17021-1 for audits of quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety management systems. All clauses of ISO/IEC 17021-1 continue to apply and this document does not supersede any of the requirements in that standard.
(Issue 2, issued 17 January 2019; application from 17 January 2020*)
This document is mandatory and provides requirements for the application of ISO/IEC 17021-1 for the planning and delivery of audits of integrated management systems and, if appropriate, the certification of an organization's management system(s) against two or more sets of audit criteria/standards.
(Issue 2, issued 07 May 2019, application from 07 May 2020)
This document is mandatory for the consistent application of the relevant clauses of ISO/IEC 17011:2017 Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies.
(Issue 2, issued 07 May 2019; application from 07 May 2020)
This document is mandatory for the consistent application of ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 for the accreditation of Certification Bodies providing certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OH&SMS).
*A ballot is currently in progress to extend the application date until 17 January 2021.
Copy of the text of the revised MoU agreed between IAF, ILAC, and IEC. The original MoU was signed by Randy Dougherty, the then Chair of IAF, Daniel Pierre, the then Chair of ILAC, and Aharon Amit, the General-Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of IEC, on 29 October 2010 at a ceremony in Shanghai, China. An initial update to the MoU was signed in October 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The most recent update to the ILAC-IAF-IEC MoU is the November 2018 version.
Membership continues to grow at an impressive rate. The number of IAF MoU members now totals 111, with 84 Accreditation Body Members, 21 Association Members, and six Regional Accreditation Group Members.
Membership continues to grow at an impressive rate. The number of IAF MoU members now totals 111, with 84 Accreditation Body Members, 21 Association Members, and six Regional Accreditation Group Members. A list of current Members is available on the IAF website.
Congratulations are extended to the following new MoU Members who have joined IAF since the last edition of the Newsletter: The National Accreditation Centre of the Republic of Moldova (MOLDAC), and the Lithuanian National Accreditation Bureau (LA).
IAF MLA Signatories
The IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) currently has 73 signatories representing 66 economies, and five Regional Accreditation Group signatories. Total signatories for individual scopes are as follows:
Management Systems ISO/IEC 17021-1: 68 Accreditation Bodies and five Regional Accreditation Groups
Product ISO/IEC 17065: 63 Accreditation Bodies and three Regional Accreditation Groups
Persons ISO/IEC 17024: 33 Accreditation Bodies and two Regional Accreditation Groups
Validation and Verification ISO 14065: 27 Accreditation Bodies and two Regional Accreditation Groups
Sub Scope Level 4:
GLOBALG.A.P. IFA General Regulations: 30 Accreditation Bodies and three Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO/TS 22003: 55 Accreditation Bodies and five Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO/IEC 27006: 37 Accreditation Bodies and three Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO/IEC TS 17021-3: 67 Accreditation Bodies and five Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO/IEC TS 17021-2: 63 Accreditation Bodies and five Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO 50003: 33 Accreditation Bodies and three Regional Accreditation Groups
Sub Scope Level 5:
ISO 9001: 67 Accreditation Bodies and five Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO 14001: 63 Accreditation Bodies and five Regional Accreditation Groups
GLOBALG.A.P. IFA CPCCs: 30 Accreditation Bodies and three Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO 22000: 55 Accreditation Bodies and five Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO/IEC 27001: 37 Accreditation Bodies and three Regional Accreditation Groups
FAMI-QS Certification Scheme: Three Accreditation Bodies and one Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO 13485: 30 Accreditation Bodies and two Regional Accreditation Groups
ISO 50001: 33 Accreditation Bodies and three Regional Accreditation Groups
IPC-PL-11-006: One Accreditation Body and one Regional Accreditation Group
You can view the scopes that each Accreditation Body and Regional Accreditation Group Member is recognized for on their individual pages on the IAF website.
The 2019 Joint IAF-ILAC Mid-term Meetings were held from 04 to 11 April in Mexico City, Mexico, and included meetings of the IAF Executive Committee, Technical Committee, MLA Management Committee, User Advisory Committee, Conformity Assessment Body Advisory Committee, and a number of Task Forces and Working Groups.
The 2019 Joint IAF-ILAC Annual meetings will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, from 21-30 October 2019.
The 2020 Joint IAF-ILAC Mid-Term meetings will be held in Beijing, China, from 30 March to 06 April 2020.
Follow IAF on Twitter and LinkedIn for information on publications, promotional materials, member news, liaison activities, events, and meetings. You can also subscribe to the joint IAF-ILAC YouTube channel for promotional videos in a variety of languages.
IAF and ILAC held their 2019 Mid-term meetings in Mexico City, Mexico from 04 – 11 April 2019. A set of videos was produced during the meetings detailing key outcomes of select IAF Committees and Working Groups, along with messages from the Chairs & Representatives of the Regional Accreditation Groups.
IAF and ILAC held their 2019 Mid-term meetings in Mexico City, Mexico from 04 – 11 April 2019.
A set of videos was produced during the meetings detailing key outcomes of select IAF Committees and Working Groups, along with messages from the Chairs & Representatives of the Regional Accreditation Groups. The videos have been uploaded to the IAF-ILAC YouTube channel.
The OECD recently published a brochure titled, “The Contribution of International Organisations to a Rule-Based International System: Key results from the partnership of international organisations for effective international rulemaking”, which highlights key features of the international rulemaking and standard-setting landscape, describes how international rulemaking functions, and explains the benefits of an IO Partnership.
There is a wide variety of International Organizations (IOs) that are involved in setting standards and making rules globally, which includes the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). IOs are organized in diverse ways as inter-governmental, trans-governmental or private organizations, and take different forms: international, regional, groups of similar-minded countries or institutions sharing common issues and priorities. As part of their efforts, IOs promote International Regulatory Cooperation (IRC). For effective collaboration and concerted approaches, IOs work together within a framework of international rulemaking.
The brochure explains that “International rulemaking is understood broadly as encompassing the entire rulemaking cycle, from the design and development of international instruments to their implementation and enforcement.”
The OECD has conducted surveys of IOs to learn about the composition of the global rulemaking landscape which is complex and dynamic, with multiple actors and numerous international normative instruments. The different types of IOs, despite having different mandates and focus also share common features, rulemaking practices, and operational modalities.
A wide variety of international instruments are adopted by IOs, which can include legally binding or voluntary tools, policy and technical standards, and normative and guidance documents. The brochure states that “a number of IOs adopt and host mutual recognition agreements among their members to enable the mutual recognition of norms and standards (and proofs of compliance) issued by national bodies abiding by the agreement.” As we know, confidence in the global accreditation system is based on the mutual recognition of the IAF/ILAC MLA/MRAs obtained by accreditation bodies, after undergoing peer evaluations, to prove compliance with the applicable requirements and standards.
The OECD surveys provide useful data on the different types of mechanisms used by the IOs to facilitate the implementation of their instruments. The surveys provide information that help to analyze the impacts of IO normative instruments and suggests ways to improve them.
In 2014, the OECD launched the IO Partnership which brings together 50 Secretariats of international organizations “to promote and discuss the conditions for greater quality, effectiveness and impact of international rules, regardless of their substantive scope.”
IAF and ILAC attend the IO Partnership meetings and are active participants in the IOs collective effort of information exchange on rulemaking activities.
After much planning, successful ARAC Mid-Term meetings were held in Dubai from 03 to 07 March 2019, hosted by the Emirates International Accreditation Centre.
ARAC Membership and MLA Signatories
ARAC includes 17 members (12 Full members and five associates) covering 17 Arab countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen). Four (4) are ARAC MLA signatories (EGAC, EIAC, GAC and JAS-AU).
ARAC encourages and welcomes stakeholders, such as associations of accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies from the Arab region, to join ARAC.
ARAC Mid-Term Meetings 2019:
After much planning, successful ARAC Mid-Term meetings were held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, from 03 to 07 March 2019, hosted by the Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC).
Key issues discussed by ARAC Committees included:
The extension of the ARAC MLA scope for the accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies that certify the competence of persons;
Different options and scenarios for ensuring ARAC’s financial sustainability;
Hosting the ARAC Secretariat and the registration of ARAC as a legal entity;
Establishment of new ARAC Working and Task Force Groups (e.g. Capacity Building);
Preparation for ARAC’s upcoming peer evaluation to be conducted by IAF and ILAC.
Participants at the ARAC 2019 Mid-term meetings
Activities to Promote the IAF MLA:
During its 11th meeting, held on 05 and 06 March 2019, the Communications and Marketing Committee translated the IAF & ILAC World Accreditation Day (WAD) 2019 video “Accreditation: Adding Value to Supply Chains” into Arabic.
The translated video and the WAD 2019 support documents will be provided to ARAC members for use in celebrating IAF & ILAC WAD 2019.
ARAC Regional Workshops:
Dr. Cynthia Woodley facilitated an ARAC regional training workshop on IAF MD 20 for ARAC Peer Evaluators and Accreditation Body representatives.
The objective of the Workshop was to harmonize the understanding and the implementation of the new IAF Mandatory Document, including of issues such as:
What peer evaluators have to expect as proof of implementation of IAF MD 20 from an Accreditation Body undergoing evaluation, and what are the minimum "evaluation records" that have to be kept.
According to the IAF/ILAC A2, how much time can be assigned, during a normal one-week peer evaluation, for evaluating competence requirements in compliance with IAF MD 20.
In-depth discussions on IAF MD 20 requirements considering what Accreditation Bodies have to demonstrate in order to fulfill various requirements (Level B or Level B1, or Level B1 + every aspect, etc.).
Participants at ARAC Regional Workshop on IAF MD 20
Upcoming ARAC Key Events:
Peer Evaluators Training Plan: ARAC Training Workshop on Implementation of ISO/IEC 17011:2017:
In September 2019, ARAC will conduct a Peer Evaluators’ workshop with the objective of reaching a common understanding on the application of the new/revised requirements of ISO/IEC 17011:2017.
ARAC Annual meetings:
The next ARAC Annual meetings will be held from 15 - 19 September 2019, in Tunis, Tunisia.
Hosted by ACCREDIA, the EA 43rd General Assembly in Rome on 22-23 May 2019 gathered 92 delegates from 45 EA National Accreditation Bodies, the European Commission, EFTA, and eight EA Recognized Stakeholder organizations.
Highlights of the 43rd EA General Assembly – Rome, 22-23 May 2019.
Hosted by ACCREDIA, the Italian Accreditation Body, the EA 43rd General Assembly (GA) gathered 92 delegates from 45 EA National Accreditation Bodies (NABs), the European Commission, EFTA, and 8 EA Recognized Stakeholder organizations.
In 2019, ACCREDIA celebrates its 10th anniversary, an opportunity to communicate the development of accreditation in Italy, which found its roots in standardization and that was triggered by the development of a European market where technical barriers have been progressively removed.
Interaction amongst the members and debate on major strategic issues such as the new structure and decision-making process of EA illustrated once again the continuous involvement and commitment of EA members in the European Accreditation infrastructure.
Concrete Steps were Agreed
Further to a discussion on the best location for the EA Secretariat, the General Assembly acknowledged the decision made by the Executive Committee to maintain the EA Secretariat in Paris. The GA endorsed the proposal to revise the Rules of Procedure (RoP) and to adjust them to the new structure agreed in November 2018, with a new Executive Board and Technical Management Board (TMB).
The responsible Task Force Group proposed to transfer decision-making power from the General Assembly to the Executive Board, TMB, and Technical Committees, in order to be more efficient and to have faster decision-making processes without undermining the principles of democracy and transparency which are deeply rooted in EA’s values. This was supported by the Members.
It is important to note that the reports by the Committees and Council Chairs highlighted also that the ‘One Voice Policy’ is at work and has already produced concrete results on the international scene.
The General Assembly endorsed the decision of the Executive Committee to renew and sign the Bilateral Cooperation Agreement (BCA) with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). A previous BCA between both parties was signed on June 2016. Based on the CETA CA Protocol, this agreement establishes the terms, conditions, and procedures of cooperation between EA and SCC for technical support of activities aimed at mutual recognition of NABs and accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies operating in the EU and Canada.
New Officers in EA Executive Committee
The GA elected as new Executive Committee members for the term 01 January 2020 – 31 December 2021:
Cecilie Laake, NA (the Norwegian NAB) as the new EA Vice-Chair succeeding Maria Papatzikou (ESYD, the Greek NAB)
Orbay Evrensevdi, TURKAK (the Turkish NAB), new Chair of the Inspection Committee succeeding Rolf Straub (SAS, the Swiss NAB)
The other members of the Executive Committee elected for the 2020-2021 term are:
EA Multilateral Agreement Council Chair:
Paulo Tavares, IPAC
EA Horizontal Harmonization Committee Chair:
Gabriel Zrenner, DAkkS
EA Laboratory Committee Chair:
Laurent Vinson, COFRAC
EA Certification Committee Chair:
Kevin Belson, UKAS
EA Inspection Committee Chair:
Orbay Evrensevdi, TURKAK
EA Communications & Publications Committee Chair:
Lucyna Olborska, PCA
Four additional members of the Executive Committee:
Emanuele Riva, ACCREDIA
Jiří Růžička, CAI
Ed Wieles, RvA
Martin SENČÁK, SNAS
Three members of the Financial Oversight Committee:
Todor Gunchev, BAS
Stephan Finke, DAkkS
Jesper Høy, DANAK
The General Assembly elected Todor Gunchev (BAS) as the FOC Chair.
Revised and Approved Documents
Two New Work Item Proposals were agreed by the General Assembly in order to revise:
EA-4/18 Guidance on the Level and Frequency of Proficiency Testing Participation
EA-1/17 EA Rules of Procedure (see above)
Additionally, the GA accepted two additional new work items for the development of 2 new documents:
The Certification Committee recommended the preparation of Guidance on the Accreditation and Certification of Anti-Bribery Management Systems to ISO 37001: 2016 (under ISO/IEC 17021-1).
Further to the Horizontal Harmonization Committee (HHC) March 2019 workshop on the “risk-based-approach”, a concept that has been reinforced in the new ISO/IEC 17011, the HHC recommended development of an informative document containing a list of risks in accordance with ISO/IEC 17011:2017 which Accreditation Bodies may take into account when preparing assessments, accreditation programs, or performing scope extensions of CAB’s. The document is also meant to provide the list of possible risks related to impartiality at the National Accreditation Body management level.
The General Assembly ratified the positive ballots on the adoption of 3 major EA documents:
Revised EA-2/15: EA Requirements for the Accreditation of Flexible Scopes
Revised EA-2/13: EA Cross Border Accreditation Policy and Procedure for Cross Border Cooperation Between EA Members
The new EA document EA-1/23: EA Policy to speak with “One Voice”
In line with its policy to not duplicate IAF/ILAC work and automatically adopt IAF/ILAC publications unless they prove to create a concern with regards to EA and EU policies, the General Assembly adopted:
IAF MD 5:2019 - Determination of Audit Time of Quality, Environmental, and Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems;
IAF MD 11:2019 - IAF Mandatory Document for the Application of ISO/IEC 17021-1 for Audits of Integrated Management Systems;
IAF MD 17:2019 - Witnessing Activities for the Accreditation of Management Systems Certification Bodies;
IAF MD 22:2019 - Application of ISO/IEC 17021-1 for the Certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OH&SMS);
as mandatory documents for all EA Members.
The next General Assembly will be hosted by NAH, the Hungarian National Accreditation Body in Budapest, on 20 and 21 November 2019.
In 2020, when EA will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, OLAS (Luxemburg) and HAA (Croatia) will host the spring and autumn EA General Assembly meetings.
IAAC held its beginning of the year meetings in Rio de Janeiro in March 2019. There was a good turnout of members which allowed for fruitful discussions.
Recent IAAC Meetings
IAAC held its beginning of the year meetings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in March 2019. There was a good turnout of members which allowed for fruitful discussions.
The IAAC Executive Committee brainstormed ideas for a new IAAC Strategic Plan encompassing the 2020-2025 term. A SWOT analysis was drafted, and further discussions will take place during the next IAAC meetings. The Executive Committee will ensure that the path forward at the regional level is in line with strategic objectives at the IAF and ILAC levels.
The IAAC MLA Committee agreed on the criteria and methodologies to carry out documentary evaluations to confirm compliance with ISO/IEC 17011:2017. These evaluations apply to those Accreditation Bodies that will not have an on-site peer evaluation by March 2020. An IAAC document was drafted to provide guidance on IAF/ILAC A3 for transitions to ISO/IEC 17011:2017, classification of findings, the competence of personnel, evaluation of risks, and the accreditation cycle.
IAAC Presence at IAF/ILAC Meetings
In April of this year, the IAF and ILAC Mid-Term meetings were held in the Americas. The Mexican Accreditation Body, ema, hosted the meetings in Mexico City. A significant number of IAAC members attended and contributed to the technical discussions in the various Committees and Workshops.
During these meetings, IAAC members recorded the audio in Spanish and Portuguese for the 2019 World Accreditation Day video. The videos were designed and produced in house by the IAF/ILAC and CMC/MCC and are available to the public via YouTube and on the IAAC, IAF, and ILAC websites.
Martha Mejia from ema, Mexico, was appointed as the ILAC Co-Convener of the JWG A-series.
IAAC currently has a total of 59 members, 24 of which are Full members, four are Associate members, and 31 are Stakeholders. IAAC gained one new Stakeholder member since last year.
New IAAC MLA Signatories
IAAC has a total of 20 MLA signatory members from 17 economies. In March 2019, four IAAC MLA signatories extended their MLA scopes and sub-scopes.
The Mexican Accreditation Body (ema) was accepted as an MLA signatory for Persons and Energy Management Systems Certification Bodies. We congratulate ema for being the first IAAC MLA signatory in the region for the scope of Persons.
ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) of USA, was accepted as an MLA signatory for Medical Laboratories.
The Argentine Accreditation Body (OAA) was accepted as an MLA signatory for Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) Certification Bodies.
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) was accepted as an MLA signatory for the scopes of Energy Management Systems (EnMS), Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), and Medical Devices Management Systems (MDMS) Certification Bodies.
During March of this year, IAAC carried out a training workshop for experienced peer evaluators on ISO/IEC 17011:2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There were 38 peer evaluators from the region, and an additional 13 peer evaluators attended online.
A workshop to train new peer evaluators is scheduled for 12 – 13 August 2019, in Mexico City, at the beginning of IAAC’s annual week of meetings. The workshop will be held in Spanish and there will be an online connection for those who will not be able to attend.
IAAC Peer Evaluators’ Workshop
Upcoming IAAC Meetings
The next IAAC General Assembly meetings will be held in Mexico City, Mexico, from 14 to 20 August 2019. The Mexican Accreditation Body (ema) will host this year’s meetings.
At the 17th User Advisory Committee meeting held in Mexico City, UAC Members agreed to host a series of panels with IAF and UAC member representatives serving as panelists at upcoming IAF member and non-member conferences.
At the 17th User Advisory Committee (UAC) meeting held in Mexico City on 07 April 2019, UAC members agreed upon an alternate plan to engage users and industry. The UAC will now host a series of panels with IAF and UAC member representatives serving as panelists at upcoming IAF member and non-member conferences. This approach replaces the single “IAF Industry/User Day” approach as it will allow the UAC to engage with a larger number of users and industry representatives, with reduced cost.
UAC members will participate in a panel discussion along with IAF member-accredited certification bodies at the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) 2019 Quality Summit on 03 October 2019 in Novi, Michigan. Using a lively interactive format, panelists will discuss strategies to improve conformity assessment activities and to maximize benefits for regulators, the automotive industry, and users. Presentation submissions are in progress for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Business Performance Optimization Symposium on 12 - 14 November 2019 in Dallas, Texas and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Conference on 25 - 28 February 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Future submissions are planned for upcoming conferences with other IAF member organizations such as the AIAG and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Panel presentations at IAF member conferences are intended to serve as “listening” sessions, focusing upon how to improve the IAF’s conformity assessment activities.
Work is also underway to identify upcoming non-IAF member conferences, such as the Offshore Technology Conference for the oil and gas industry, to promote the benefits of accredited certification. To aid in promoting accredited certification, the UAC Chair recently recorded a webinar providing an update on changes occurring at the IAF and their impact upon users and industry. The recording also included an update on the IAF Database of Accredited Certifications (CertSearch).
The UAC will host a WebEx meeting on 09 October 2019, which is intended to enhance the engagement of UAC members at the 23 & 24 October 2019 IAF Technical Committee meeting. During the meeting, UAC members will discuss the following:
IAF Task Force on Transitions Draft Mandatory Document
IAF Task Force on Conformity Assessment Schemes Draft Mandatory Document
Database Management Committee updates
Technical Committee Discussion Papers
The UAC continues to engage users and industry representatives who are working collaboratively to improve and promote accredited certification.
Progress on the development of the IAF Database of Accredited Certifications (IAF CertSearch) continues, with development of the website and the all-important data collection.
Progress on the development of the IAF Database of Accredited Certifications (IAF CertSearch) continues, with development of the website and the all-important data collection. The IAF CertSearch platform has been built and is now receiving data from the IAF and Accreditation Bodies and is preparing to receive certification data from Certification Bodies from 21 June 2019.
As at the 31 May 2019, 62 Accreditation Bodies have activated their accounts in IAF CertSearch and have uploaded details on 3,454 Certification Bodies. The ballot period for the IAF CertSearch Mark concludes on 07 June 2019, following which the IAF Database Management Committee plans on issuing invitations to the Certification Bodies in late June 2019. Once Certification Bodies have received their invitations they will be able to upload their certification data and extend invitations to their certified entities. The IAF Database Management Committee will hold a series of webinars to support Certification Bodies in July 2019. Accreditation Bodies will receive further information about the rollout of IAF CertSearch in June 2019, including dates for the webinars.
IAF CertSearch continues to receive widespread support from governments, regulators and industry around the world. Once the database is live to the public an official public announcement will be made by the IAF. The announcement will include social media, awareness and promotional campaigns, beginning with industry, governments, and key stakeholders globally.
Emirates International Accreditation Centre CEO, Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohamed, received the “Emirates Women Award 2019” for her outstanding performance in leadership, strategic and financial planning, community contributions, innovation, and career achievements.
EIAC CEO gets Emirates Women Award of the year 2019
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC), Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohamed, received the “Emirates Women Award 2019”. She was the overall winner in the professional category. There were seventy-five nominations of high achieving professionals in this category. She was recognized for her outstanding performance in leadership, strategic and financial planning, community contributions, innovation, and career achievements. The award ceremony was held on 29 April 2019, in Dubai.
The Emirates Women Award was launched in 2003. It is dedicated to encouraging United Arab Emirates (UAE) women to play their part in corporate affairs and to recognize and appreciate the women who have been successful in their respective careers/businesses. The award takes its participants through a journey of self-discovery and makes them realize their true potential.
EIAC Hosted Mid-Term Meetings of ARAC
The Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC) hosted the Mid-Term regional meetings of the Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC). The meetings were from 05 - 07 March 2019, in Dubai, UAE. The ARAC Chair, Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohammed, who is also the CEO of EIAC, formally opened the meetings. She welcomed the delegates, noting with appreciated their role in the successful recognition of ARAC by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). Mr. Moslem Barrak, ARAC Secretary, coordinated the meetings. Meetings of the ARAC MLA Committee, Communication and Marketing Committee, the Technical Committee and Executive Committee were held. The representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) also attended the meetings.
In connection with the Mid-Term meetings, the EIAC also hosted a regional training workshop on 03 - 04 March 2019, for the ARAC peer evaluators on the implementation of the new version of the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard and ILAC requirements.
EIAC to Launch New Accreditation Schemes for Certification of Persons and the Health Care Sector
The Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC) has launched an accreditation scheme for the certification of persons working as Health & Safety Officers in laborers’ housing complexes/hostels. The Certification Bodies of persons shall be accredited according to the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 international standard.
The Health & Safety Department of the Dubai Municipality is the scheme owner. As per the local regulation, all laborers’ housing complexes/hostels in Dubai will be required to have at least one certified health & safety officer.
The EIAC is also working to launch new accreditation schemes for the health care sector. The new schemes are related to the accreditation of hospitals, clinics, point of care testing, mobile testing laboratories, and calibration laboratories for the calibration of medical testing equipment.
EIAC Board of Directors’ First Meeting
The EIAC Board of Directors held its first meeting in February 2019. Ms. Amina Ahmed, CEO of EIAC, briefed board members on the progress achieved by EIAC, including the strategic objectives, key performance indicators, and customer happiness ratings. Board members were pleased with EIAC’s progress.
Certification of mobile health apps and websites is a new Cofrac accreditation scheme and the first of its kind in Europe. It constitutes a perfect demonstration of how accreditation can respond to the need for trust inherent in the development of new digital technologies.
Certification of mobile health apps and websites is a new Cofrac* accreditation scheme and the first of its kind in Europe. It constitutes a perfect demonstration of how accreditation can respond to the need for trust inherent in the development of new digital technologies.
Digital technology is a booming and pioneering sector. As a consequence, Cofrac receives many accreditation requests from its operators and has recently established new accreditation programs for the certification of cloud computing services providers and personal healthcare data hosts.
Increasingly, Certification Bodies take the initiative to contact Cofrac in order to get accredited according to their own reference documents, usually with specific requirements from their business sector. This is the case of the Certification Body Medappcare**.
Medappcare assesses and certifies mobile health apps and websites in the areas of healthcare, disabilities, autonomy loss and animal health. It also offers training for healthcare professionals and companies about issues in the mobile health sector.
For its certification activity, Medappcare developed the « Certilife » brand which relies on a reference document built around four topics closely related to its business needs:
Content and ergonomics
Healthcare, disabilities, loss of autonomy and animal health.
To go further in its quality approach, Medappcare chose to be accredited by Cofrac at the end of 2017. A new accreditation program was developed according to the NF EN ISO/IEC 17065 standard regarding products, services, and processes certification – and Medappcare’s reference document about health apps. Cofrac assessed Medappcare and accredited it in 2018.
This recent accreditation illustrates Cofrac’s dynamism in developing new accreditation schemes. With the current market needs in areas such as object connectivity or electronic signature, without a doubt, new digital developments will follow in the coming months.
* The French accreditation committee (Cofrac).
** Accreditation 5-0598; a detailed list is available at www.cofrac.fr.
EGAC participated as the sole Accreditation Body from Egypt in the Africa Food Manufacturing Exhibition. The Exhibition is considered to be one of the largest food processing and packaging exhibitions in Egypt and includes the latest developments in the industry, with the largest and most famous suppliers in the market and highlights the latest trends and innovations in the food industry.
EGAC succeeded in maintaining and extending its international recognition from ILAC/IAF, which will continue until 2021. The recognition status from IAF was extended to include FSMS, besides QMS and EMS. The recognition status from ILAC was maintained in Testing, Calibration, and Medical laboratories besides Inspection bodies.
EGAC also successfully passed an AFRAC evaluation in March 2019 that confirmed that EGAC’s revised Management System is in alignment with and complies with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011:2017.
EGAC also started to accredit testing and calibration laboratories according to the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard.
In addition to international recognition by ILAC/IAF, EGAC is also recognized by the AFRAC and ARAC Regional Accreditation Groups.
In May, EGAC will sign the EA BLA for accreditation of Proficiency Testing Providers (PTP) according to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17043.
The Egyptian Accreditation Council (EGAC) organizes activities that spread the culture of quality and accreditation in Egypt, especially in the Egyptian industrial society, and raises awareness of the importance of obtaining accreditation for the benefit of the Conformity Assessment Bodies operating in Egypt.
EGAC participated as the sole Accreditation Body from Egypt in the Africa Food Manufacturing Exhibition. The Exhibition is considered to be one of the largest food processing and packaging exhibitions in Egypt and includes the latest developments in the industry, with the largest and most famous suppliers in the market and highlights the latest trends and innovations in the food industry. The exhibition featured country pavilions showcasing new and exciting technologies from around the world.
EGAC´s participation in the exhibition is also part of its activities to commemorate World Accreditation Day, which will be held this year with the theme “Accreditation: Adding Value to Supply Chains.” World Accreditation Day will be celebrated by Accreditation Bodies worldwide.
The Africa Food Manufacturing Exhibition, hosted this year by the Egyptian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, presented the life cycle of the food and beverage manufacturing process. The exhibition focused on packaging technologies (such as packaging machines), processing technologies (including automation and robots), food ingredients (including raw materials and flavors), and logistics (such as storage and transportation).
The exhibition served as a trade gateway between African countries and the rest of the world through its interactive platform of cutting-edge technology. This business event offered a unique opportunity for manufacturers and shareholders to meet top buyers in the region under one roof.
EGAC, through its presence in the exhibition, raised awareness about the importance of obtaining accreditation in order to comply with international requirements and specifications for the quality of goods and services. EGAC promoted accreditation as a tool to ensure that the results of inspection and testing are in accordance with international standards and highlighted the international recognition of an accreditation issued by EGAC.
International, regional, and continental accreditation organizations such as ILAC, IAF, ARAC, and AFRAC, are important actors in the promotion of local industries and foreign trade. Accreditation helps to protect local markets by preventing imports of products that are incompatible with the Egyptian and international technical legislation.
During the exhibition, EGAC representatives had the opportunity to explain to Conformity Assessment Bodies present the steps to obtain accreditation using the latest interactive materials and information.
As the standardization and quality in education can make a better country and a better world, EMA has launched an accreditation program for Management Systems for Educational Organizations Certification Bodies.
Currently, there is a continuous and critical need in Educational Organizations, both public and private, to evaluate the degree to which the requirements of students, teachers, and families are understood and taken into account.
To meet this need and other objectives, the International Organization for Standardization, ISO, published in May 2018 the standard: ISO 21001: 2018 " Educational organizations — Management systems for educational organizations — Requirements with guidance for use.”
For that reason, the Mexican Accreditation Entity (ema) created a Working Group to develop criteria in order to launch an accreditation program for Management Systems for Educational Organizations Certification Bodies.
Since April 2019, the accreditation program is available in Mexico through ema, because they believe that standardization and quality in education can make a better country and a better world.
NABCB hosted the 6th meeting of the SAARC Expert Group on Accreditation 04 - 05 December 2018 in Goa, India, with financial and technical assistance from PTB, Germany. A two day training course on “Cooperation of Accreditation Bodies and Regulatory Bodies in SAARC Countries – Harmonized Approach to Advising Regulators” was held 06 - 07 December 2018, following the meeting.
NABCB Launches ISO 14065 Accreditation
NABCB launched an accreditation scheme for GHG validation & verification bodies (VVBs) as per ISO 14065: Green House Gases (GHG) - Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition on 26 January 2019. This will allow VVBs to apply for accreditation under different schemes such as Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) etc.
NABCB Undergoes APAC Peer Evaluation for Accreditation of Personnel Certification
NABCB underwent a peer evaluation by the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) for transition to ISO/IEC 17011:2017, and to become an MRA signatory for accreditation of personnel certification bodies as per ISO/IEC 17024:2012. The evaluation took place in March 2019 and was conducted by a one-member team, comprised of APAC peer evaluator, Mr. Pu-Hsien Li (Bruce Li) from TAF, Chinese Taipei.
The evaluation was concluded successfully with zero Non-conformities and only one Concern, which NABCB has already responded to. NABCB is hoping to become an MRA signatory for accreditation of Personnel Certification Bodies at the forthcoming APAC annual meetings in June 2019, in Singapore.
NABCB Signs the IAF MLA for Energy Management Systems (EnMS)
NABCB secured international equivalence for its accreditation scheme for Energy Management Systems (EnMS) certification on 26 October 2018. It has signed the IAF MLA for its accreditation scheme based on the ISO/IEC 17021-1 and ISO 50003 international standards.
NABCB Signs the APAC MRA for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS)
NABCB also secured international equivalence for its accreditation scheme for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) Certification Bodies in the Asia-Pacific region on 19 December 2018 based on an off-site review by APAC.
NABCB to draft regulations for Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has requested that NABCB, QCI revise its regulation for the electronics/IT items falling under the purview of MeitY. NABCB has been awarded the work order for formulating the Quality Control Order for items covered under the preview of MeitY. The step is an achievement as this will support NABCB in strengthening ties with regulators and also in use of conformity assessment methods in regulation.
NABCB Hosts 6th meeting of SAARC Expert Group on Accreditation (SEGA)
NABCB hosted the 6th meeting of the SAARC Expert Group on Accreditation (SEGA) 04 - 05 December 2018 in Goa, India, with financial and technical assistance from PTB, Germany.
During the meeting, the latest updates and developments of ABs/National Accreditation Focal Points (NAFPs) activities in the SAARC Member States were reported and the action plan for 2019 was discussed.
NABCB Hosts Training for SAARC Countries
NABCB conducted a two day training course on “Cooperation of Accreditation Bodies and Regulatory Bodies in SAARC Countries – Harmonized Approach to Advising Regulators” 06 - 07 December 2018 in Goa, India, following the SEGA meeting, which was also supported by PTB.
The two day training by NABCB and PTB experts covered sessions on the role of accreditation for verifying regulatory compliance, the European experience in the use of accreditation and third party assessment in regulations, the European approach in using product group regulation, and a discussion on how accreditation was utilized in country specific regulations.
NABCB Conducts Awareness Program on Accreditation of Medical Devices Certification
NABCB jointly organized an awareness program on Accreditation of Medical Devices Certification with the drug regulator, the Drug Control Department, Government of the National Capital Territory, which was held in New Delhi, on 02 February 2019. The Honorable Minister of Health of the Government of Delhi inaugurated the program and emphasized the importance of creating a quality mark for all products, including medical devices of Indian origin and also stressed the importance of marketing them internationally. The program was attended by over 120 delegates from industry, Government and other stakeholders.
Trust is a crucial factor in global trade. ACCREDIA has released a new research publication titled, "International trade, the value of accreditation and standardization", which details how accredited certification is an important tool for market confidence in product characteristics and services.
As trust is a crucial factor in global trade, accredited certification is an important tool for market confidence in product characteristics and services.
Presented on the 14th of May in Rome, the research publication analyses the effects on international trade of non-tariff measures (NTMs), defined as production or product requirements on imported goods and services and how Quality Infrastructure deals with them. Quality Infrastructure (QI) is the reference framework necessary to ensure and demonstrate to the markets the quality of products and services that empowers any form of economic integration. It consists of accreditation, conformity assessment, standardization and metrology.
NTMs can lead to increased costs for accessing foreign markets but they are often used in developed economies to protect legitimate interests such as safety, health and the environment.
Moreover, differently from tariff measures such as customs duties, NTMs can produce a positive effect on international trade through an increase in the trustworthiness concerning the input specifics for companies and consumer goods for citizens. This is possible when the use of international standards along with accredited certifications reduces commercial costs. There are advantages for companies, which avoid uneven and non-transparent procedures to adequate productions to the import economy regulation, and for consumers, who can benefit from price reductions and a wider range of imported goods and services.
The functioning of conformity assessment as a boost for international trade is based on the recognized equivalence of accredited conformity assessment performed in different economies, whose reliability level is guaranteed by a rigorous peer review system that Accreditation Bodies (ABs) are subject to. ABs that successfully obtain the status of signatories of the multilateral agreements make the accredited conformity assessment valid in every economy in the mutual recognition network.
As an example of excellence, the Single Market in Europe represents the most advanced form of economic integration and Quality Infrastructure plays a fundamental role in coordinating national regulations. This framework ensures a level playing field for European companies, stimulating innovation and competitiveness. According to the European Commission’s estimates, the integration of European markets has increased GDP by over 300 billion euros and created 2.8 million jobs between 1992 and 2006.
The recent regional agreements stipulated by the European Union deal with non-tariff measures and the equivalence of certification procedures. These aspects are stated in specific annexes, which refer to the Institutions of Quality Infrastructure. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada (CETA) entered into force at the end of 2017, introduced the equivalence of certification results and tests performed by accredited Bodies and Laboratories on specific product categories. Subsequently, Italian companies recorded a 4.5% export growth towards Canada in 2018, equal to 10% in the textile-apparel and machinery sectors.
With reference to the agreement with South Korea, the first signed by the European Union with an Asian country, it contributed to the facilitation of trade between Italy and South Korea. The growth of Italian exports to this market reached 18% from 2011 to 2017, which is double compared to our level of trade worldwide.
Italian Exports to South Korea. Index numbers (2011=100), Source: UNCTAD data processed by Accredia
In a period when multilateral agreements are stuck, Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) regulate NTMs, as these have a relevant impact on trade flows. If correctly coordinated, national regulations could bring a positive effect on exports.
As part of the Quality Infrastructure, accreditation ensures product quality and represents one of the pillars on which international trade rests. This is why companies choose an accredited certification to satisfy and “signal” to the market specific requirements of reliability and quality. As the research pointed out, certified companies that join Italian value chains in the textile and apparel sector have experienced a 30%-60% productivity growth.
In conclusion, the PTAs of mutual recognition and coordination of national rules is fundamental in facilitating a positive market integration with pros for companies and citizens.
The Global Food Safety Initiative, part of The Consumer Goods Forum, has launched two new video projects that bring together the expertise and dedication of GFSI's stakeholders, including voices from IAF.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), part of The Consumer Goods Forum, has launched two new video projects that bring together the expertise and dedication of GFSI's stakeholders, including voices from IAF. The first, a campaign to promote the first World Food Safety Day on 07 June 2019, illustrates the international momentum around the mission to provide safe food. The second, the all-new GFSI Experts Series, gives influential figures such as IAF Director Marcus Long and IAF Co-Convener Skip Greenaway a platform to explain the importance of accreditation, certification, and other tools.
World Food Safety Day
In December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly voted to recognize 07 June as World Food Safety Day. From 2019 on, World Food Safety Day will be an annual opportunity to draw international attention to the importance of safe food. In collaboration with Codex Alimentarius, GFSI has embarked on a campaign to spread awareness of World Food Safety Day and its mission.
At the GFSI Conference 2019 in Nice, GFSI Director Véronique Discours-Buhot invited stakeholders to illustrate their own dedication to safe food through videos or photographs and share them via Twitter. The submissions were collected into a mashup video for publication on the first World Food Safety Day.
Submissions are still being collected in preparation for the GFSI Conference 2020, which will coincide with GFSI's 20th anniversary. IAF members are invited to submit photos and videos that demonstrate their food safety commitment to @myGFSI with the hashtags #WorldFoodSafetyDay and #GFSIbirthday. A selection of submissions will be shared at the GFSI Conference 2020 in Seattle.
GFSI Experts Series
In April, GFSI launched the new GFSI Experts Series, a curated, open-access collection of interviews with influential figures in food safety. New episodes are released every week on the GFSI website in both video and transcript form.
Future episodes of the GFSI Experts Series will feature accredited Certification Program Owners (CPOs) including CanadaGAP (release date 02 July), FSSC 22000 (16 July) and GAA (03 September), among a broad selection of leaders from the food industry, academia, and the public sector. Viewers can be notified about episodes by subscribing to the GFSI Youtube channel and following #GFSIexperts on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
GFSI hopes that IAF members will participate and benefit from these projects, which together give a face to the wide cross-section of stakeholders involved in providing safe food. To stay up to date on these and other GFSI projects, please subscribe to the GFSI News mailing list.