1 Latest developments Merih Malmqvist Nilsson, ILAC Vice Chair ILAC The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation IAF The International Accreditation ForumLatest developments Merih Malmqvist Nilsson, ILAC Vice Chair
2 Global VisionA single worldwide programme of conformity assessment which reduces risk for business, regulators and the consumer, by ensuring that accredited services can be relied upon.Government and Regulators relying on the IAF and ILAC Arrangements to further develop or enhance trade agreements.To support the freedom of world trade by eliminating technical barriers, realising the free-trade goal of ‘tested, inspected or certified once and accepted everywhere' .
3 ILAC Membership – 30 August 2011 72 Full Members (Signatories to the ILAC Arrangement) representing 59 economies;20 Associates representing 32 economies;19 Affiliates representing 22 economies;5 Regional Cooperation Bodies26 Stakeholders31 July ILAC Full MembersSignatories represent about 95% of Global GDPAlmost 40,000 accredited laboratoriesAbout 6,700 accredited inspection bodies77% of regulators accept results from accredited organisations (2010)Inspection MRA to be launched in 2012
4 Coverage of the ILAC MRA (Apr 2011) ILAC MRA SignatoriesILAC Associate MembersILAC Affiliate Members4
5 Status of the IAF MLAThere are 49 IAF MLA Signatories, representing 47 economies.Management Systems: 47 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAACISO 9001 QMS: 47 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAACISO EMS: 41 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAACISO FSMS: in developmentISO ISMS: in developmentProduct: 38 Accreditation Bodies EA, PAC & IAACPersons: In development
6 Coverage of the IAF MLA (Apr 2011) IAF MLA SignatoriesIAF Members6
7 Regional Cooperation Bodies The IAF and ILAC Arrangements are structured to build on existing and developing regional MLAs/MRAs established around the world.European CooperationforAccreditation(EA)Pacific AccreditationCooperation (PAC)Inter-AmericanAccreditation Cooperation(IAAC)Asia Pacific LaboratoryAccreditation Cooperation(APLAC)Southern AfricanDevelopmentCommunity Accreditation(SADCA)The IAF MLA recognises EA, PAC, IAACThe ILAC MRA recognises EA, APLAC, IAAC7
8 The basis for the recognition arrangements (MRA-MLA) International standards (ISO/IEC series)ISO/IEC – accreditation bodiesISO/IEC – inspection bodiesISO/IEC – laboratoriesISO/IEC – certification bodies for management systemsISO/IEC – certification bodies for products and servicesISO/IEC – certification bodies for personsHarmonised implementation documentsPeer evaluation system with trained evaluatorsDecision making process
9 The Benefits For Government and Regulators For Business For Consumers Flexible alternative to LegislationFacilitator of tradeAn efficient monitoring toolFor BusinessGreater acceptance of products and services opening up market accessAvoid costs associated with multiple testing, inspections or certificationsInformed procurement selectionFor ConsumersPublic confidence in goods and services, despite complex global marketplaceMinimises product failures or recalls
10 ILAC and OIMLMemorandum of understandingJoint work programmeJoint assessment procedureTraining activitiesCommon communication to the marketReview of common documents such as OIML D10 / ILAC G24
11 Memorandum of understanding IAF and OIMLMemorandum of understandingIdentified items for a joint work programmeA survey among IAF members;Review of a draft OIML Basic Publication (certification system for prepackages);Contribution to the OIML seminar on conformity to type (CTT).
12 Common denominators for ILAC – IAF and OIML Level playing field for all parties: producers and conformity assessment bodiesPromotion of free trade – eliminating technical barriers to tradeConformity assessmentTraceability of measurementsMinimising costs and work load for the actors on the marketAchieving market confidence
13 Accreditation in the Market PeerEvaluationInternational StandardsCONFORMITY ASSESSMENT BODIESStandards / regulatoryrequirements / scheme criteriaPRODUCT & SERVICE PROVIDERSGOVERNMENTCONSUMERSPURCHASERSCONFIDENCETRUSTASSURANCE
14 Recognition Who recognizes whom? It is the users of the conformity assessment results who have the prerogative to recognize (or not) certificates from different parts of the worldIt is our work to make sure that happensWhat is the catch?The MLA is voluntaryUsers of reports/certificates do not have to accept the MLAThere are dishonest players on the marketIt is difficult to detect misuse - It can be difficult to take legal actionIn other words, we cannot relax
15 Developing countries perspective Work load: limited personnel, too many different systems, many aid projectsDifficulties in meeting the import requirements of industrialised countriesMany different systems being imposed on themLevel playing fieldLet us consolidate our visions and processes and use the available systems as much as possible
16 SummaryIAF and ILAC are committed to developing a harmonised global approach for accreditation practices to ensure consistency of approach.Both organisations maintain the Arrangements to ensure equal reliability of accredited services.Growing acceptance by regulators and businesses is removing technical barriers to trade, and avoiding the need for duplicate certifications, testing or inspections.IAF and ILAC support developing economies to establish an accreditation infrastructure.