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Message from the IAF Chair and the ILAC Chair
WAD 2016
Secretariat Update - October 2016
Committee - MCC
Reflections of SADCAS Technical Assessors
SADCAS Hosts a Marketing and Communications Workshop
Why Accreditation is Important for Laboratories
It's Time to Do Your Lab Work!
International Updates
Standards, Conformity Assessment, and Accreditation: the Pillars of Assurance in the Global Marketplace
ESMA hosts CASCO 31st Plenary Meeting & Workshop
WADA ISL Assessor Training
Second International Congress for accreditation in the health sector- ema
CASCO: Stakeholder Forum Workshop
Regional Cooperations
KENAS: African Year of Quality Infrastructure
News from ARAC
AFRAC E-Learning Programme Launched
Accreditation Updates
ALGERAC Celebrates World Accreditation Day 2016
SADC Commemorates 2016 WAD
A2LA Becomes Accredited Provider of IACET CEUs
Seminar on World Metrology Day, World Accreditation Day and World Standards Day 2016 in Hong Kong
Food safety in commercial catering in France
News from BAB
Announcement of NATA Chairman Succession
News from IQAS, Iraq
MAURITAS: Celebration of WAD 2016
Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) Celebrates 30 Years of Accreditation
IANZ: Steel mesh testing to be strengthened
GAC achieves the International Recognition of APLAC and ILAC
Egyptian Accreditation Coucil, EGAC
NABCB News
ema working with Ministries
Accreditation training in DRC
Celebrating Accreditation Day in the Republic of Serbia
ISO 15189 Accreditation from CNAS
PAB Assessors Forum 2016
News from BSCA
News from DAC
National Standing Committee on Science and Technology visit PNAC
NIST - Laboratory Standard ISO/IEC 17025 Added to OSAC Registry
Dr Stephan Finke: new Managing Director of DAkkS
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EURACHEM PT Workshop
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Message from the Chair
As I conclude my final year as ILAC Chair, please allow me a bit of reflection on my involvement in accreditation and ILAC.

My first exposure to ILAC was during the second conference on ‘Cross Border Acceptance of Test Results to Facilitate Trade’ in Washington, DC in 1978.   Resolutions were handwritten on slips of paper and exchanged between delegations.  I had the task of delivering these handwritten messages.   You might think that the absence of word processing technology would make the proceeding tedious (yes indeed) but the major result of this conference was agreement to draft what would become ISO Guide 25 (now ISO/IEC 17025).  My interest and belief in accreditation was cemented for good at that conference.
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Message from the IAF Chair and the ILAC Chair


As IAF and ILAC Chairs, we are particularly keen to welcome you to the Joint IAF and ILAC General Assemblies and related meetings this year. Aside from the exciting city of New Delhi, the Indian culture and hospitality - this years’ event is a first for me, Xiao as IAF Chair and a last for me, Pete as ILAC Chair. In addition this year will be memorable, as it is the last time these meetings will be hosted by a member organisation of IAF and ILAC since the agreed plan is for IAF and ILAC to directly host the meetings in the future.
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WAD 2016




World Accreditation Day with the theme: “Accreditation: A Global Tool to Support Public Policy” was successfully celebrated on 9 June 2016, as can be seen from the many articles included in this edition of ILAC News.

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Reflections of SADCAS Technical Assessors
Articles by Messrs Mugari and Mundembe
Xavier Mugari is a qualified and registered technical assessor for SADCAS under the Medical Laboratories Accreditation Programme. He is registered under the scopes: clinical chemistry; haematology; serology; endocrinology; and microbiology.
Mr Victor Mundembe’s history in metrology goes back 16 years when he joined the SIRDC- NMI, Zimbabwe, as an Industrial Metrologist.  
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SADCAS Hosts a Marketing and Communications Workshop


The Marketing Workshop was held on 18 April 2016 at The Farm Inn, Pretoria, South Africa and was attended by 14 NAFPs, 2 SADCAS staff, 2 SANAS staff, 1 MAURITAS staff and 2 KENAS staff. The IAF and ILAC Secretariats were represented at the workshop by Dr Elva Nilsen and Mrs Sharon Kelly. The workshop was facilitated by 4 experienced marketing professionals who are actively involved in the communication and promotion of accreditation namely: Mr Jon Murthy – Chairman of the ILAC Marketing and communications Committee (MCC) and IAF Communications and Marketing Committee (CMC); Mr Marcus Long – Vice Chairman of the IAF CMC; Ms Wanji Yang – Member of the ILAC MCC and IAF CMC; and Ms Sylvana Ricciarini – Member of the ILAC MCC.

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Standards, Conformity Assessment, and Accreditation: the Pillars of Assurance in the Global Marketplace
by Jon Murthy

In line with the objective to promote accreditation and the global arrangements, ILAC and IAF has published an article in the May-June edition of SES and Standards Engineering.  SES, the Society of Standards Professionals, is an organisation with mostly a North American audience. As most members of SES are potential specifiers of accreditation, they are a key audience to engage with to raise awareness of the benefits of accredited conformity assessment and to support them to specify it correctly.


Download a copy of the article.

Reproduced with the kind permission of SES and Standards Engineering. http://www.ses-standards.org/

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ESMA hosts CASCO 31st Plenary Meeting & Workshop
The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) hosted the 31st CASCO Plenary Meeting and workshop on “Stakeholder Engagement” in Dubai, UAE, through 3-5 May 2016. It was attended by experts and delegates from (53) member bodies and organizations.

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KENAS: African Year of Quality Infrastructure
by Dr Elsabe Steyn

The Ministers of Trade and Industry of the various economies in Africa have agreed to celebrate the year 2017 as the African Year of Quality Infrastructure. This aims to create and improve awareness of the Quality Infrastructure within Africa.
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News from ARAC

  • ARAC Mid-Year meetings
  • Celebration of the World Accreditation day 2016
  • ARAC Cooperation with the other Regional Cooperation Bodies
  • ARAC Regional Training Workshop on ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 and the applicable IAF Mandatory Documents
  • Improvement of the ARAC Management System
  • Activities to Promote the IAF MLA, ILAC MRA and ARAC MLA
  • ARAC Re Evaluation of Dubai Accreditation Cen
  • Internal Audit of ARAC Secretariat
  • ARAC Strategy Plan
  • Upcoming ARAC key events
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ALGERAC Celebrates World Accreditation Day 2016

ALGERAC held a ceremony on the 2nd of June in the presence of the Minister of Industry and Mines to celebrate World Accreditation Day.

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SADC Commemorates 2016 WAD


This year commemoration activities in the region ranged from seminars/conferences to press releases, television to radio interviews and street marches to targeted marketing visits. World Accreditation Day conferences were held in 5 countries namely: Botswana; Lesotho; Swaziland; Zambia and Zimbabwe. In preparation for the commemorations SADCAS provided all National Accreditation Focal points (NAFPs) with a press release, WAD conference template and text to a speech which was to be made by a SADCAS representative.

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EURACHEM PT Workshop
The Eurachem PT Working Group is currently organising their 9th Workshop on "Proficiency Testing in Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine". The Workshop will be held on the 9th to 12th October 2017 in Portorož, Slovenia.


For more information please visit the website http://eurachempt2017.eu.
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