IPC Update Changes To Organization Name And Constitution IATCA has been renamed International Personnel Certification Association (IPC). The Constitution and Bylaws have been amended as required to reflect the agreed changes in structure for governance and membership. IPC has been registered as a legal entity and has established an office and secretariat in Greece.
IPC Update INTERNATIONAL PERSONNEL CERTIFICATION ASSOCIATION VOULIAGMENIS AVENUE 346 A Ag DIMITRIOS ATHENS GR 173 42 GREECE email@example.com
IPC Update Membership Full Members of IPC will only be personnel certification bodies as contemplated in ISO/IEC 17024. Eligibility for membership will be expanded to personnel certification bodies within the conformity assessment arena and not limited to management system auditor certification bodies.
IPC Update Changes in types of membership MLA Members of IPC will only be those member bodies accredited by an IAF member to ISO 17024 and an IPC approved scheme. Associate Members of IPC will consist of e.g. associations of organizations concerned with personnel certification and training
IPC Update Changes to IPC MLA process Mutual recognition between IPC members will transition from the current Peer Evaluation process to accreditation by an IAF member to ISO 17024 and an IPC approved scheme. It is recognised however that, as yet, there is no MLA for ISO 17024 within IAF. During the IPC transition stage it is suggested that valid accreditation of a personnel certification body would be by an IAF member that is subject to peer evaluation. In other cases during the transition period, IPC peer evaluation may be necessary.
IPC Update Liaisons IPC recognizes the synergy that exists within the various bodies that operate within the conformity assessment arena and is desirous of forming alliances to promote confidence in personnel certification. IPC has been granted category A liaison status with ISO/TC 176
IPC Update Board of Directors Dr G Anastasopoulos (Chair) Greece Mr D I Muir (Vice Chair) South Africa Mr Y KatoJapan Dr G ColferaiItaly Mr S FearyUnited Kingdom Mme Z LuiChina Mr V SahniIndia Mr M SearleAustralia
Timelines New competency based criteria approved during first quarter 2005. Three year transition period for criteria All IPC members to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17024 by an IAF member body by September 2006 IATCA logo will not be used in any way after December 2005
IPC Update Good News! “The ballot on the acceptance of IPC as an IAF Association Body Member closed on 7 August. I am very pleased to advise that the application by IPC for membership of IAF has been approved.” John Owen Corporate Secretary International Accreditation Forum Inc. (IAF) World Association for Conformity Assessment 16 th August 2005
IPC Update Conclusion IPC looks forward to being an active member of the IAF and contributing to the ongoing work of the Association particularly in regard to the competence of auditors and conformity assessment personnel.