From the Secretariat
ILAC – Memories of the Early Days
World Accreditation Day 2016
Update from the Secretariat
International Updates
Presentations and Workshops: WTO, WSC and UNECE
IFCC: What is Medical Laboratory Accreditation and Why is it Important?
ILAC-BIPM MoU reaffirmed
Regional Cooperations
IAAC activities - September 2015 to March 2016
News from ARAC - October 2015 to March 2016
News from APLAC
News from EA
Accreditation Updates
SADCAS Journey Towards International Recognition
ANAB Acquires Laboratory Accreditation Bureau
ema: New Accreditation Programs in Mexico
News from EGAC
KENAS and Uganda Accreditation National Focal Point Sign an MoU
IQAS Achievements
HKAS Accreditation Advisory Board Chair Elected To Academia Europaea
The Belarusian State Centre for Accreditation evaluated by EA
Aerobiocontamination measurements: New Cofrac accreditation scheme
CNAS Provides Training for Personnel in Seismic Assessment in Nepal
News from ENAC
News from DAC
SANAS New Accreditation Programme for Inspection Bodies
News from National Accreditation Centre MOLDAC
CAI: 25th Jubilee of Accreditation in the Czech Republic
Stakeholder News
The Association of Practising Pathologists: “Pathcon and Lab Expo 2015"
Chair’s Message for April 2016
by Peter Unger, ILAC Chair

This year’s theme for World Accreditation Day (9 June 2016) focuses on how accreditation can be a global tool to support public policy for all areas in the public sector – national and local government regulators. To help explain the use of accredited conformity assessment, the Public Sector Assurance website has been established showcasing over 150 different global examples where accreditation has been used to support public policy efforts.  

I am pleased to note, as is the case in many economies now, the adoption of the global multilateral mutual recognition arrangements by the national government agencies of the United States.  In particular, the ILAC MRA has been referenced by at least ten US government regulatory and procurement agencies. There is emerging use of the ILAC MRA at the state government level as well. The specification of the ILAC MRA signatory accreditation bodies as a prerequisite for accepting accredited results supports programs for toy safety, energy efficiency, environmental remediation, nuclear reactor equipment, forensic science, construction and transportation product safety. 

Recently published US government conformity assessment policy encourages agencies to identify their conformity assessment needs in such areas as regulatory compliance and enforcement, procurement, and other programmatic contexts and to assess whether the use of private sector conformity assessment mechanisms in lieu of or in conjunction with government conformity assessment procedures would be beneficial, where such use is feasible and appropriate and not otherwise prohibited by law. Agencies should also consider whether reliance on international conformity assessment schemes (e.g., ILAC MRA) would meet their conformity assessment needs.

As in previous years, World Accreditation Day will be celebrated across the world with the hosting of major national events, seminars, and press and media coverage to communicate the value of accreditation to government, regulators and the leaders of the business community. I am pleased to participate in the celebration of World Accreditation Day in Hong Kong, hosted by HKAS, one of the bodies instrumental in supporting the early development of the global accreditation infrastructure, in particular APLAC as well as ILAC.

I extend my best wishes to all hosting World Accreditation Day events for success and thank you for supporting this important activity and initiative of ILAC and IAF.

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