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Closer Cooperation
Accredited certification delivers real added value
World Accreditation Day - June 9th 2012
Cgcre hosts IAF/ILAC Joint General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New CASCO Publications due in 2012
Medical Device Regulators show an interest in IAF based accreditation for ISO 13485
Message from the PAC secretariat
Communication key to EA future development
News from EA and its Committees
News from IAAC
Development of New Accreditation Services in Hong Kong
Poland (PCA) kicks off its World Accreditation Day activities
Accreditation continues to gain Regulatory recognition in Dubai
SANAS’s support for South Africa’s Industrial Policy Framework
Closing the U.S. Skills Gap: ANSI Joint Member Forum Focuses on Building Economic Growth through a Quality Workforce
The role of ACCREDIA, the Italian Accreditation Body, in the mandatory sector
Cgcre´s end user satisfaction survey
Mauritas provides Food Safety and Information Security Accreditation workshops


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Closer Cooperation

Cooperation is on the key concepts embodied by IAF. Randy Dougherty provides an update on how the IAF is closely working with its key stakeholders.

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IAF Survey
Accredited certification delivers real added value

In 2010/11, IAF carried out a global survey to capture market feedback on the value of certification. The survey aimed to gain intelligence on the drivers for seeking certification, the selection criteria when choosing a body to provide certification services, the appropriateness of the process, and the positive outcomes of certification. The results are now published.

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World accreditation Day 2012
World Accreditation Day - June 9th 2012

IAF is delighted to announce that World Accreditation Day, a global initiative jointly established by IAF and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities, will take place on June 9th 2012. This year’s theme is focused on how accreditation supports the availability of safe food and clean drinking water. Read on to view the new film and access the promotional materials.

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Cgcre hosts IAF/ILAC Joint General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It is with great pleasure that Cgcre will be the host of the IAF/ILAC Joint General Assembly, which will be held from 16th to 26th October, 2012, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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New CASCO Publications due in 2012

2012 will be a highly productive year for the publication of new ISO CASCO documents. Find out which documents are planned for publication in the next 12 months.

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Medical Device Regulators show an interest in IAF based accreditation for ISO 13485
Regulatory agencies that require a valid ISO 1385 certificate to register a medical device in their country are taking a genuine interest in the new IAF Accreditation System for ISO 13485. 
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Message from the PAC secretariat

The next PAC Plenary Annual Meetings will be held in Hong Kong in June 2012. Read on to learn more about the programme of presentations, training, and planned discussions.

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Communication key to EA future development

Regulation (EC) 765/2008 places stretching demands on EA as an organisation. In order to meet these demands, and to develop into the organisation the European Commission first envisaged as it sets out to reform this policy area, EA has defined a series of strategic objectives that must be achieved in the next four years.

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News from EA and its Committees

EA Committee work is progressing well. This article sets out the current activities, issues being discussed, as well as document revisions, and planned training sessions.

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News from IAAC

This report includes IAAC activities from August 2011 to March 2012.

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Development of New Accreditation Services in Hong Kong

The testing and certification industry has been identified as one of the six economic areas where Hong Kong enjoys clear advantages and has good potential for further development. As a result, the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) has been tasked to ensure that its services meet the changing needs through providing new accreditation services in response to demand from the industry. 

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Poland (PCA) kicks off its World Accreditation Day activities

In the build up to World Accreditation Day, the Polish Centre for Accreditation (PCA) hosted a seminar at Eurolab 2012 on the theme of safe food and clean drinking water.

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Accreditation continues to gain Regulatory recognition in Dubai

The activities of the Dubai Accreditation Department (DAC) continue to enable them to forge closer relationships with Dubai Police, and the Health Authorities.

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SANAS’s support for South Africa’s Industrial Policy Framework

SANAS supports government departments in the protection of health, safety, the environment and economic growth objectives. During the past twelve months, SANAS has played a significant role to underpin the Industrial Policy Action Plan, through the development of two new accreditation programmes, namely the accreditation programmes Measurement and Verification of Energy Efficiency and Responsible Tourism.

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Closing the U.S. Skills Gap: ANSI Joint Member Forum Focuses on Building Economic Growth through a Quality Workforce

Over the last 24 months, U.S. businesses have created more than 3.9 million jobs, indicating that the economy is continuing a steady course of recovery. And yet, growing industries are reporting difficulty in finding appropriately skilled professionals, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and maths.

Closing this skills gap formed the heart of discussions at the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Joint Member Forum (JMF), held on March 20 as part of the Institute’s annual spring member meetings.

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The role of ACCREDIA, the Italian Accreditation Body, in the mandatory sector

The Italian system of conformity assessment, which operates under ACCREDIA’s authority, took on a new dimension in 2011: accreditation, which had traditionally been in the voluntary sector, was extended to mandatory, or cogent, sectors, in order to implement the Directives of the EU’s “New Approach” and the regulations this entails.

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Cgcre´s end user satisfaction survey

From September until November 2011, Cgcre carried out a satisfaction survey of the clients of accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies (CAB). The survey was sent to a database of 22,122 clients (informed by the CABs themselves). The questionnaire was conducted online, using the Quest Manager software. From a total of clients who received the questionnaire, 1,277 answered it, conferring to the survey a sample error of 2.74%. The confidentiality of the survey was maintained, as the software does not allow access to the name of the respondents, only to the answers.

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Mauritas provides Food Safety and Information Security Accreditation workshops

The Mauritius Accreditation Service (Mauritas) together with a development partner, L’agence Française de Dévelopement (AFD) is implementing a project for the extension of the accreditation programme for certification bodies involved in the certification of Food Security and Information Security Management Systems with the assistance of the Norwegian Accreditation (NA). 

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