IAF-ISO Communique - One Year to ISO 9001 and 14001 Transition Deadline

IAF and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have published a joint statement to note that 15 September 2017 marks one year before all organisations certified to the 2008 version of the quality management system standard ISO 9001 and the 2004 version of the environmental management system standard ISO 14001 need to have been re-certified to the 2015 versions of these two standards.

If your business or organisation is still to get your certificate to the new standards, the first step is to contact your certification body to make the appropriate arrangements and start realising the benefits of the world’s two leading management system standards.

Further information on transition be found on ISO 9001 here and ISO 14001 here.

To get a copy of the joint statement, click here

Engaging with the Insurance Industry

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) has been working with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and representative bodies such as the Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC) and IQNet, to explore how standards and accredited conformity assessment can better understand the issues and opportunities faced by insurers, in order to identify the potential for closer collaboration to deliver greater mutual benefit.

Following a seminar held in London by UKAS, the English NAB, in November last year seminar to explore the role and benefits of standards and accreditation in managing risk for the insurance industry, work is underway to follow up opportunities with insurance associations to identify areas where insurers can recognise the value of standards and accreditation to support their management of risk, to evaluate premium and coverage, and to use statistical analysis to project losses within a given class. Work will also explore opportunities to develop standards for the insurance industry with a focus on product development, product information and processes in wholesale insurance.

To get more information, click here

Sharing experiences and brainstorming on new projects, on CPC table for its 32nd meeting in Dublin

The Communication and Publications Committee(CPC), hosted by INAB, the Irish NAB, has just met from 13 to 14 September 2017 for its 32nd meeting in Dublin (Ireland).

During this 2-days meeting, many projects have been discussed by the 25 participants to enhance the EA Communications Strategy: in particular, the Committee supported largely the proposed EA Communications and Marketing Plan 2017/2018.

A workshop dedicated to the future refreshing of EA website and intranet, had been planned to collect suggestions of improvements. All the members were very much involved in the discussions to share their experiences and propose new functionalities to support and highlight the great work done by all EA committees and work groups. A Task Force Group, composed by the representatives of ACCREDIA (the Italian NAB), COFRAC (the French NAB), DAkkS (the German NAB), ENAC (the Spanish NAB), PCA (the Polish NAB) and UKAS (the English NAB) was set-up to support the Secretariat in the management of this major project.

A collective thinking was also managed by the Chair of the CPC on the “One Voice Concept”, as part of the implementation of the EA Strategy 2025. Many ideas were raised and will be suggested to the Executive Committees to promote EA Core Values actively, both internally and externally.

Besides, the 32nd CPC meeting was the opportunity for EA members to share their recent activities with a fruitful round table and get relevant information with reporting on the ongoing activities in EA, as well as ILAC and IAF. Jon Murthy, the ILAC MCC and IAF CMC Chair has been a CPC regular member for years. This is much beneficial for CPC and help maintain very close relationships with those Committees.
Finally, the CPC was very pleased to pay tribute to Peter Kronvall for all he could achieve with the Committee during his mandate and welcome the new Chair, Lucyna Olborska, PCA Poland. Exciting challenges will be on Lucyna’s and CPC agenda also for the next 2 years!
The next CPC meeting, hosted by RvA, the Dutch NAB, will be on the 7th-8th March 2018 in Utrecht (The Netherlands).

To get more information about the 32nd CPC Meeting, click here

MoU between EA and the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation

To support the program of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) regarding the testing of level of formaldehyde in wood product, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between EA and the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

The final rule 40 CFR Part 770 of the US EPA on Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products establishes an Third-Party Certification Program to ensure that composite wood panel producers comply with the statutory formaldehyde emission limits. 

Accreditation Bodies interested in participating in this Program and not located in the United States must designate an Agent for service in the United States in their application to US EPA to enter into a recognition agreement with the Agency to become an “EPA TSCA Title VI AB”. With this Memorandum of Understanding, A2LA has agreed to be the “Agent” for EA members.

To get more information about the MoU signed by EA, click here

Public consultation on the revision of the policy on monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport

The European Commission has launched the public consultation on the revision of the policy on monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport (EU MRV Regulation).

The objective of the consultation is inter alia that at the international level, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has completed the legal framework for its global data collection system (IMO DCS) with the adoption in July 2017 of guidelines on data verification and database management. Considering these recent developments, the Commission is now reviewing the situation with a view to align the EU MRV with the IMO DCS and it will table, if appropriate, a legislative proposal to amend the EU MRV accordingly in 2018.

To get more information, click here

New ballot needed for ISO/IEC FDIS 17011

ISO/IEC 17011 specifies the general requirements for accreditation bodies assessing and accrediting conformity assessment bodies (CABs) and appropriate as a requirements document for the peer evaluation process for mutual recognition arrangements between accreditation bodies.

A revision is under development to propose a new structure of the standard, including changes such as:

  • Amendment of the title and the scope;
  • Removal of the normative references;
  • Adaptation to DIN EN ISO 9000: 2015-11;
  • Definition and implementation of new terms (flexible scope of accreditation, witnessing, remote assessment, assessment programme, assessment techniques, accreditation scheme, etc)
To get more information, click here

SAVE THE DATE: Come next Tuesday to the Round Table “Measurement and conformity declaration: ISO 17025, what’s new?” (CIM 2017 - Paris)

The 18th International Metrology Congress (CIM 2017), the annual meeting about R&D and best practices for measurement in industry, is organized from 19th to 21st September 2017 in Paris (France).

The event allows to:
- improve measurement, analysis and testing processes, and control risks,
- follow the evolution of techniques, advances in R&D and discover industrial applications
- explore the exhibition showcasing innovations and solutions

As the official guardian of the European accreditation infrastructure, EA is a part of the organization team of this congress and has been invited to participate and facilitate the round table on “Measurement and conformity declaration: ISO 17025, what’s new?” on the 19th of September (9.00 - 11.00 am).

Expected in mid-2017, the new version of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard tries to respond to some inadequacies in the current version. One of the major changes concerns measurement uncertainty and its use in declaring compliance.

This round table would be the occasion to debate on 3 topics:
- What are the major changes in metrology?
- What are the new decision rules for declaring compliance?
- How should the risk approach be established?

Representatives of specifiers such as public authorities, whose influence is exerted through regulation, private-sector specifiers, who impose their own standards or specifications and users, mostly in industry (clients requiring testing, owners of measuring equipment for calibration laboratories), will be central to fuel the discussions, animated and co-organised by EA, with the participation of:

  • Trevor Thompson, Head of Operations Support, ISO WG44 BSI member for revision of 17025 (UKAS – United Kingdom) and EA Laboratory Committee Vice Chairman,
  • Pierre Claudel, Testing, Calibration and Certification Director (?CETIAT - France),
  • François Daubenfeld, Head of Metrology (PSA Group - France),
  • Pascal Launey, Quality director, (LNE - France),
  • Laurent Vinson, Laboratories Division Director (COFRAC - France) and EA Laboratory Committee Chairman.
To get your ticket to the CIM 2017, click here

Accreditation: supporting the needs of global regulators

Global arrangements through ILAC and IAF underpin the international acceptance of traded products. Through accredited sources, economic operators can demonstrate that their products meet market requirements so that market operators can use these products with confidence. This system also enables governments to regulate products in the knowledge that the market will have the means of meeting both voluntary and regulatory requirements in a transparent way.

Independent accredited conformity assessment of certification, testing, calibration and inspection services provides an essential tool that can be used by the public sector to meet policy objectives. Jointly developed by IAF/ILAC/ISO/ IEC/IIOC, Public Sector Assurance showcases how accredited conformity assessment is used around the world by central government, local government and regulators to deliver positive benefit. It features case studies that illustrate the value of accreditation to government officials and regulators in delivering results in key policy areas. It also provides independent research and supporting information which demonstrates the tangible benefits of conformity assessment to the public sector. 

To read more information about the benefits of using accredited conformity assessment, click here

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