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EA Supporting Ground-Breaking Trade Accord Between Canada and the European Union
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Certification Issues Considered in EA
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Ten Progressive Years of Sri Lanka Accreditation Board
Highlights of the 38th EA General Assembly
Workshop Demonstrates the Value of Standards and Accreditation in the Insurance Sector
Update on the ISO/CASCO 2016 Technical Work
OECD and UNIDO Publications to Support Accreditation
Celebration of World Accreditation Day 2016 by MAURITAS
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Ten Progressive Years of Sri Lanka Accreditation Board
The Sri Lanka Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment (SLAB) is the National Accreditation Authority for Sri Lanka established under the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment Act. No.32 of 2005. The Board functions under the purview of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research, Sri Lanka. SLAB has the responsibility to promote accreditation activities and provide the necessary accreditation services to facilitate conformity assessments in the provision of goods and services for domestic and export markets.

SLAB celebrated its 10th Anniversary in October 2015. In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, SLAB organized a SLAB – CAB Conformity Trade Fair, an Awareness session on accreditation and a CEO’s forum.

During its short history, SLAB has introduced eight accreditation schemes: ISO/IEC 17025 for Testing laboratories in 2006, ISO 15189 for Medical laboratories in 2008, ISO/IEC 17021 for System Certification in 2009, ISO/IEC 17025 for Calibration laboratories in 2009, ISO/IEC 17065 for Product Certification in 2013, ISO/IEC 17024 for Certification of Persons in 2014, ISO/IEC 17020 for Inspection Bodies in 2013 and ISO/IEC 14065 for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) verification bodies in 2015. The new schemes in the offer are Information Security Management Systems (ISMS), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Proficiency Testing (PT) Service Providers.

Up to October 2016, SLAB has granted accreditation for 63 Testing laboratories (Chemical testing [40], Biological testing [12], Mechanical testing [20] and Electrical testing [04]), 19 Medical laboratories, 06 Calibration laboratories, 05 Certification bodies (QMS [03], EMS [03], FSMS [03], OHSAS [01], Product certification [01] and Certification of persons [01]), and 02 Inspection bodies and 02 Greenhouse validation and verification bodies.

SLAB is an International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA) partner for Testing, Calibration, Medical Testing and Inspection; International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (IAF MLA) partner for System & Product Certification; and Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) MLA partner for GHG Validation & Verification. SLAB is currently looking forward to becoming an IAF MLA partner for GHG Validation & Verification and Certification of Persons.

As endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka, to create a quality conscious culture in the country, the technical measures being taken on quality, environment, food safety, occupational health and safety, energy etc. must be controlled and monitored through stipulated standards and technical regulations. SLAB has been advised to coordinate activities in relation to this and as the initiating step on this regard, SLAB organized a National Regulatory Conclave to create a platform for all regulators to identify the current demand of the industries and international market and to review and introduce regulations in regard.

SLAB is moving forward helping to create a quality conscious culture in Sri Lanka.

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