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IAF Chair's Message
Decision to Establish an IAF Database of Accredited Management Systems Certifications
From the Secretariat
Secretariat Report
International updates
IAF Renews Memorandum of Understanding with UNIDO and ILAC
IAF Accepted as an Observer Organization to the UNFCCC Process
IAF and ILAC Present at UNECE Working Party 6
Regional Updates
Thomas Facklam Chairs his Last EA General Assembly
CETA Protocol on Conformity Assessment: Update on the Cooperation Between EA and SCC
Successful Collaboration Between EA and European Union Agency For Railways
IAF Committees
User Advisory Committee Update
IAF General Assembly - IAF Transitional Arrangements
Accreditation Updates
Increased Certification for Non-Regulated Professions in Italy
ANSI Launches Voluntary Pilot Accreditation Program for Certification Bodies Seeking Accreditation for FDA-Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-Foreign Supplier Verification Programs
New Accreditation Programs in EMA
SWEDAC to Help JANAAC in Expanding Their Accreditation Services
EGAC Update
ONAC celebrates 10 years as Accreditation Body in Colombia
Stakeholder News
19 Years of Celebrating the Environment from a Child’s Perspective
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Xiao Jianhua, IAF Chair
Xiao Jianhua, IAF Chair
IAF Chair's Message
by Xiao Jianhua

It is always exciting when people recall achievements in a past year and look forward to a new year. What progress has been made by IAF in 2017?

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Randy Dougherty
Randy Dougherty
Decision to Establish an IAF Database of Accredited Management Systems Certifications

On 30 October 2017, the IAF General Assembly members voted affirmatively to proceed with the development of an IAF Database of Accredited Management Systems Certificates.

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Secretariat Report

IAF has published five new documents and five revised 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.nu).

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IAF Renews Memorandum of Understanding with UNIDO and ILAC
 

IAF has renewed its tripartite Memorandum of Understanding with ILAC and UNIDO at a signing ceremony held on 24 November 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

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IAF Accepted as an Observer Organization to the UNFCCC Process

At the twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties in November, IAF was formally admitted to the UNFCCC process as an observer organization.

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IAF and ILAC Present at UNECE Working Party 6

Jon Murthy, the IAF and ILAC Communications Chair, gave a presentation at The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Working Party 6 on 30 November 2017.

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Thomas Facklam Chairs his Last EA General Assembly
 
Thomas Facklam
Thomas Facklam

The 40th European Co-operation for Accreditation General Assembly meeting held on 22-23 November 2017 in Berlin, Germany, was the last one chaired by Thomas Facklam, whose chairmanship of EA is coming to a close at the end of this year.

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CETA Protocol on Conformity Assessment: Update on the Cooperation Between EA and SCC
 

Signed at the EU-Canada Summit on 30th October 2016, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a trade agreement, designed to strengthen economic relations and develop business between the European Union and Canada.

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Successful Collaboration Between EA and European Union Agency For Railways
 

The European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) successfully fulfilled its cooperation role with the European Union Agency for Railways to improve the consistent assessment of conformity assessment bodies regarding the Interoperability Directive (IOD).

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User Advisory Committee Update

The IAF UAC, which represents the interests of end-users of accredited conformity assessment, continues to grow.

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IAF General Assembly - IAF Transitional Arrangements

At the 31st IAF General Assembly held on 28 and 30 October 2017, IAF Members agreed on transitional arrangements for a number of standards.

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Increased Certification for Non-Regulated Professions in Italy

In Italy, the combination of an economic crisis and the digital age has led to the emergence of three million professionals not regulated by registers or orders. In 2013, in order to regulate various professions, the Law no. 4 “Dispositions for non-organized professions” was released.

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ANSI Launches Voluntary Pilot Accreditation Program for Certification Bodies Seeking Accreditation for FDA-Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-Foreign Supplier Verification Programs
 

The American National Standards Institute, coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, has initiated a Voluntary Pilot Accreditation Program for Certification Bodies seeking accreditation to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act  - Foreign Supplier Verification Programs.

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New Accreditation Programs in EMA

The Mexican Accreditation Entity has launched new accreditation programs.

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SWEDAC to Help JANAAC in Expanding Their Accreditation Services

The Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment, SWEDAC, has renewed an agreement with the Jamaican national accreditation body, JANAAC, to help them develop the capacity to expand their accreditation services.

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EGAC Update
 
Hany El Desouki (EGAC Executive Director) at the 2017 AFRAC Meetings
Hany El Desouki (EGAC Executive Director) at the 2017 AFRAC Meetings

2017 was a very active and exciting year in the Egyptian Accreditation Council as many activities were carried out in this year.

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ONAC celebrates 10 years as Accreditation Body in Colombia

Ten years ago, on 20 November 2007, in the city of Bogotá - Colombia, the act of constitution which officially created the National Accreditation Body of Colombia was signed.

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19 Years of Celebrating the Environment from a Child’s Perspective

The International Environmental Children’s Drawing Contest has thus far received 290,000 drawings from 96 countries.

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