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1 ILAC The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation IAF The International Accreditation Forum Latest developments Merih Malmqvist Nilsson, ILAC Vice Chair

2 Global Vision A 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 Full Members (Signatories to the ILAC Arrangement) representing 59 economies; 20 Associates representing 32 economies; 19 Affiliates representing 22 economies; 5 Regional Cooperation Bodies 26 Stakeholders 31 July ILAC Full Members Signatories represent about 95% of Global GDP Almost 40,000 accredited laboratories About 6,700 accredited inspection bodies 77% of regulators accept results from accredited organisations (2010) Inspection MRA to be launched in 2012

4 ILAC MRA Signatories ILAC Associate Members ILAC Affiliate Members Coverage of the ILAC MRA (Apr 2011)

5 Status of the IAF MLA There are 49 IAF MLA Signatories, representing 47 economies. Management Systems: 47 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAAC ISO 9001 QMS: 47 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAAC ISO EMS: 41 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAAC ISO FSMS: in development ISO ISMS: in development Product: 38 Accreditation Bodies EA, PAC & IAAC Persons: In development

6 IAF MLA Signatories IAF Members Coverage of the IAF MLA (Apr 2011)

7 Regional Cooperation Bodies The IAF and ILAC Arrangements are structured to build on existing and developing regional MLAs/MRAs established around the world. Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA) Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) Southern African Development Community Accreditation (SADCA) The IAF MLA recognises EA, PAC, IAAC The ILAC MRA recognises EA, APLAC, IAAC

8 The basis for the recognition arrangements (MRA-MLA) International standards (ISO/IEC series) –ISO/IEC – accreditation bodies –ISO/IEC – inspection bodies –ISO/IEC – laboratories –ISO/IEC – certification bodies for management systems –ISO/IEC – certification bodies for products and services –ISO/IEC – certification bodies for persons Harmonised implementation documents Peer evaluation system with trained evaluators Decision making process

9 The Benefits For Government and Regulators Flexible alternative to Legislation Facilitator of trade An efficient monitoring tool For Business Greater acceptance of products and services opening up market access Avoid costs associated with multiple testing, inspections or certifications Informed procurement selection For Consumers Public confidence in goods and services, despite complex global marketplace Minimises product failures or recalls

10 ILAC and OIML Memorandum of understanding Joint work programme Joint assessment procedure Training activities Common communication to the market Review of common documents such as OIML D10 / ILAC G24

11 IAF and OIML Memorandum of understanding Identified items for a joint work programme –A 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 bodies Promotion of free trade – eliminating technical barriers to trade Conformity assessment Traceability of measurements Minimising costs and work load for the actors on the market Achieving market confidence

13 Accreditation in the Market CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT BODIES International Standards GOVERNMENTCONSUMERSPURCHASERS CONFIDENCETRUSTASSURANCE PRODUCT & SERVICE PROVIDERS Standards / regulatory requirements / scheme criteria ACCREDITATION Peer Evaluation

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 world It is our work to make sure that happens What is the catch? The MLA is voluntary Users of reports/certificates do not have to accept the MLA There are dishonest players on the market It is difficult to detect misuse - It can be difficult to take legal action In other words, we cannot relax

15 Developing countries perspective -Work load: limited personnel, too many different systems, many aid projects -Difficulties in meeting the import requirements of industrialised countries -Many different systems being imposed on them -Level playing field Let us consolidate our visions and processes and use the available systems as much as possible

16 Summary IAF 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.

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