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1 INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION FORUM, INC. “Certified Once, Accredited Everywhere”Last Updated January 2012
2 The IAF visionTo develop a single, worldwide program of conformity assessment, which reduces risk for business, regulators and the general public by ensuring that accredited certification may be relied upon.
3 What is the IAFThe International Accreditation Forum (IAF) is a global association of;Accreditation BodiesCertification Body AssociationsIndustry associationsOther stakeholder organisations and scheme owners involved in conformity assessment activities in a variety of fields including management systems, products, services and personnel
4 The objectives of IAFTo maintain and develop a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) between its Accreditation Body Members to ensure recognition of accredited certification between signatories.To act as a global forum to bring together accreditation bodies and stakeholder groups to facilitate global trade.To develop appropriate harmonization of conformity assessment best practiceTo promote accredited conformity assessment by working with, and influencing, key international organisations and industry groups
5 The IAF MLAThe IAF MLA is a network of accreditation body members of IAF that have been deemed competent through a stringent peer evaluation process.Signatories to the MLA will recognize as being equally reliable the certificates and/or reports issued by certification/registration bodies accredited by all other members of the MLA.The IAF MLA provides businesses with assurance that equivalent overseas certification/registration bodies operate to the same standard as those in their own country.There are two main scopes: Management Systems and Product Certification.There are two sub-scopes for Management Systems:Quality Management Systems (QMS) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
6 The IAF MLACertificates issued by organizations accredited by IAF signatories in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programmes of conformity assessment are therefore recognized and accepted throughout the world.This acceptance removes technical barriers to international trade as businesses will not require multiple certifications.This reduces time to market and well as additional cost to business.The key to the MLA is the increasing global network of accredited conformity assessment bodies that are recognised as being competent by IAF signatories.
7 Regional Cooperation Bodies The IAF MLA is structured to build on existing and developing regional MLAs/MRAs established around the world.European CooperationforAccreditation(EA)(www.european-accreditation.org)Pacific AccreditationCooperation (PAC)(www.apec-pac.org)Inter-AmericanAccreditation Cooperation(IAAC)(www.iaac.org)Southern AfricanDevelopmentCommunity Accreditation(SADCA)(www.sadca.org)The IAF MLA recognises EA, PAC, IAAC
8 Coverage of the IAF MLA Last Updated January 2012 IAF MLA Signatories IAF Members not yet SignatoriesLast Updated January 2012
9 Status of the IAF MLAThere are 54 IAF MLA Signatories, representing 51 economies.Main ScopeISO/IEC 17021: 50 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAACISO/IEC Guide 65: 44 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAACSub-scopeISO 9001: 50 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAACISO 14001: 43 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAACProduct: NilIn DevelopmentISO ISO 13485Certification of Persons ISO/IEC 20000Last Updated January 2012
10 The international picture Since its formation in 1993, IAF membership has increased, as has its influence with international organisations and trade bodies.This is due to the growing complexity of international trade and the growth in number of third party conformity assessment bodies.As a result, an increasing number of national economies have established accreditation bodies to maintain competence levels.
11 The international picture By December 2010, at least 1, ISO 9001 certificates had been issued in 178 countries and economies.At the same time, at least at least ISO 14001:2004 certificates had been issued in 155 countries and economies.Worldwide number of ISO 9001certificatesWorldwide number of ISO 14001certificates(Source: ISO 2010)
12 Types of IAF membersMembership of the IAF is separated into a number of categories:Accreditation Body MembershipOpen to Bodies conducting and administering programmes by which they accredit bodies for certification/registration of quality systems, products, services, personnel, environmental management systems of similar programmes of conformity assessment.Association MembershipOpen to other organizations involved in the use or implementation of certification/registration systems.Special Recognition Organisations - Regional Accreditation GroupsOpen to regional groupings of Accreditation Bodies whose aims include the maintenance of Regional Multilateral Recognition Agreements recognising the equivalence of their members' accreditations.Partner Members and Special Recognition Organisations - Observer MembersIAF has extended recognition to a number of organisations with which it has a liaison relationship or which have been invited to be Observers
14 The IAF StructureThe General Assembly, consisting of IAF Members, represent the highest decision-making body.The Board of Directors is responsible for developing broad policy directions for IAF and for ensuring that the work of IAF is carried out in accordance with policies approved by members.The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day work of IAF on the basis of decisions made by Members and directions by the Board of Directors.The operations of all IAF Committees and Subordinate Groups are subject to the IAF General Procedures
15 The benefits of IAFThe development of the MLA underpins cross border trade through the acceptance of certifications. “Certified once, accepted everywhere”.A support structure to lead the co-ordination of a consistent approach and the harmonisation of best practice.The provision of a platform to exchange information and enable knowledge transfer.Provision of technical assistance and development services to support developing countries to establish conformity assessment infrastructure.Support to developing and emerging economies.Links with ILAC, international standardization bodies and trade organisations.
16 The benefits of accredited certification For Government:Flexible alternative to LegislationFacilitator of tradeAn efficient enforcement / monitoring toolFor business:Greater acceptance of products and services opening up market accessAvoid costs associated with multiple certificationsGain access to the growing number of tenders which specify accredited certificationFor Society:Public confidence in goods and services, despite complex global marketplaceMinimises product failures or recalls
17 Business driversThe main driver for seeking certification is internal business improvement (47%), customer requirement (32%), and to meet regulatory requirements (13%).(Source: IAF internal survey 2011)
18 The value of certification 62% of respondents either agreed / strongly agreed that the certification body provided value for money.83% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that certification had added value to their organisation.(Source: IAF internal survey 2011)
19 The value of certification 17% of respondents stated that their certified status had led to a significant increase in sales. 32% reported a minor increase.79% of respondents confirmed that certification helped to meet the requirements of regulators.(Source: IAF internal survey 2011)
20 How to find an IAF MLA Signatory A ‘live’ and complete list of signatories can be found on the IAF website atScan the code to access the list
21 The IAF MLA MarkThe IAF MLA mark can be used by accreditation bodies that are signatories to the MLA.MLA signatories can license the MLA mark to use in conjunction with their own accreditation body symbol as shown belowAccreditationBody SymbolSAMPLEQMS NO 01
22 The IAF MLA MarkBusinesses seeking certification will be able to see at a glance if the certification body issuing the certificate is accredited by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the IAF MLA. The certification body must include an indication as to which activity the accreditation is related.As a result, businesses will benefit from having increased confidence, signified by the presence of the IAF MLA Mark, that requirements have actually been met.AccreditationBody SymbolSAMPLEQMS NO 01
23 Contact IAF www.iaf.nu IAF Secretariat, Elva Nilsen 28 Chemin Old ChelseaBox 1811, Chelsea, QuebecCANADAJ9B 1A0+1 (613)
24 INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION FORUM, INC. www.iaf.nu
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