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1 INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION FORUM “Certified Once, Accepted Everywhere” Last Updated Dec 2014

2 What is the IAF The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) is a global association of: Accreditation Bodies Regional Accreditation Groups Certification Body Associations Industry Associations Other stakeholder organizations and scheme owners for certification of management systems, products/processes/services and personnel

3 The objectives of IAF To maintain and develop a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) among Accreditation Body Members to ensure recognition of accredited certification among signatories. To act as a global forum to bring together accreditation bodies and stakeholder groups to facilitate global trade. To develop appropriate harmonization of certification best practice To promote accredited certification by working with, and influencing, key international organizations and industry groups

4 The benefits of IAF MLA underpins cross border trade through the acceptance of certifications. “Certified once, accepted everywhere”. Coordination to harmonize best practice. Platform to exchange information and knowledge. Technical assistance and development services to support developing countries to establish certification infrastructure. Support to developing and emerging economies. Links with ILAC, international standardization bodies and trade organizations.


6 The IAF Structure General Assembly represents the highest decision-making body. 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. Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day work of IAF on the basis of decisions made by Members and the Board. Operations of all IAF Committees and Subordinate Groups are subject to the IAF General Procedures

7 The IAF Structure Executive Committee (EC) includes Directors IAF Members Board of Directors (BOD) MLA Committee (MLAC) Development Support Committee (DSC) Conformity Assessment Body Advisory Committee (CABAC) User Advisory Committee (UAC) Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) Communications & Marketing Committee (CMC) Technical Committee (TC) Accreditation Body Information Exchange Group (ABIEG) Quality Manager Treasurer Secretary

8 Types of IAF members Membership of the IAF is separated into a number of categories: Accreditation Body Membership For accreditation of bodies certifying management systems, products, services, or personnel, Association Membership Open to other organizations involved in the use or implementation of certification systems. Special Recognition Organizations - Regional Accreditation Groups Groups of Accreditation Bodies which maintain Multilateral Recognition Arrangements of each other’s accreditations. Special Recognition Organisations - Observer Members A number of organisations have been invited to be Observers

9 The international picture Formed in 1993, IAF membership has increased, as has its influence with international organizations and trade bodies. Growing complexity of international trade and growth in number of certification bodies increases need for IAF recognition. An increasing number of nations have established accreditation bodies to maintain competence levels.

10 The international picture In 2013, at least 1. 1M ISO 9001 certificates had been issued in 178 countries and economies. At the same time, at least 301k ISO 14001 certificates had been issued in 167 countries and economies. (Source: ISO 2013)ISO 2013) Worldwide number of ISO 9001 certificates 2009-2013 Worldwide number of ISO 14001 certificates 2009-2014

11 Business drivers (Source: IAF survey 2011) The main driver for seeking certification is internal business improvement (47%), customer requirement (32%), and to meet regulatory requirements (13%).

12 The value of certification (Source: IAF survey 2011) 62% of respondents either agreed / strongly agreed that the certification body provided value for money.

13 The value of certification (Source: IAF survey 2011) 83% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that certification had added value to their organisation.

14 The value of certification (Source: IAF survey 2011) 17% of respondents stated that their certified status had led to a significant increase in sales. 32% reported a minor increase.

15 The value of certification (Source: IAF survey 2011) 79% of respondents confirmed that certification helped to meet the requirements of regulators.

16 The benefits of accredited certification For Government Facilitator of trade An efficient enforcement / monitoring tool For Business Greater acceptance of products and services opening up market access Avoid costs associated with multiple certifications Gain access to the growing number of tenders which specify accredited certification For Society Public confidence in goods and services, despite complex global marketplace Minimises product failures or recalls


18 The IAF MLA A network of accreditation body members of IAF deemed competent through a stringent peer evaluation process. Signatories to the MLA recognize each other as being equally reliable. Provides assurance that equivalent overseas certification bodies operate to the same standard as those in their own country. There are currently four main scopes: Management Systems, Product Certification, Certification of Persons and Greenhouse Gas Validation and Verification. There are currently five sub-scopes for Management Systems; ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 22000 & ISO 13485 and one for Product certification; GlobalG.A.P Integrated Farm Assurance

19 The IAF MLA Certificates/statements issued by bodies accredited by IAF signatories in the fields of management systems, products, personnel and GHG Validation and Verification should be recognized worldwide. Acceptance removes unnecessary, multiple certifications. Reduces time to market as well as additional cost to business. The key to the MLA is the increasing global network of accredited conformity assessment bodies by IAF MLA signatories.

20 Coverage of the IAF MLA (Dec 2014) IAF MLA Signatories

21 Coverage of the IAF MLA (Dec 2014) IAF Members not yet Signatories

22 European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA)* Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC)* Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC)* Southern African Development Community Accreditation (SADCA)** African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC)** Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC)** The IAF MLA builds on existing regional MLAs established around the world. Regional Cooperation Bodies * IAF MLA recognized regional bodies ** IAF Special Recognition Organization – Regional Accreditation Group Member

23 Route to the Arrangements

24 Status of the IAF MLA There are 60 IAF MLA Signatories Management Systems: 54 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAAC ISO 9001 QMS: 54 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAAC ISO 14001 EMS: 50 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAAC ISO 22000 FSMS: Nil ISO 27001 ISMS: Nil ISO 13485 MDMS: Nil ISO/IEC 17024 Persons: Nil ISO/IEC Guide 65/17065 Product: 51 Accreditation Bodies and EA, PAC & IAAC

25 How to find an IAF MLA Signatory A ‘live’ and complete list of signatories can be found on the IAF website at Scan the code to access the list

26 The IAF MLA Mark Businesses 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. 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.

27 The IAF MLA Mark Combined mark:. Can only be used in association with the IAF MLA main scopes and/or sub scopes for which AB is a signatory to the IAF MLA. May be used on accreditation certificates, letterheads, quotations for work, advertisements, or websites. Shall not be used on or in conjunction with products.

28 The IAF MLA Mark Use by Accreditation Bodies Have to be an IAF MLA signatory to use the Mark Have to have a license with the IAF before they can use the IAF MLA Mark. Can only use the IAF MLA Mark in combination with their own logo as a combined mark, as below.

29 The IAF MLA Mark Use by Accredited CBs Licensees can sub-license use of mark to accredited CBs for sub-scopes (currently for ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 only) CBs cannot use the IAF MLA Mark in isolation from the accreditation symbol. CBs can only use the IAF MLA Mark in combination with the Licensee’s accreditation symbol as a combined mark, as shown below

30 The IAF MLA Mark Use by accredited CBs (cont.) Combined mark shall not be used on or in conjunction with products. CB shall not allow customers to use the combined mark. AB may add any conditions that it deems necessary to protect the IAF MLA Mark.

31 The IAF MLA Mark Use of Combined Mark by accredited CABs Cont. Can only be used in association with activities for which the CAB is accredited and are within the AB’s IAF MLA main scopes. May only be used by CABs on accredited certificates where the scope of the certificate is includes an IAF MLA sub-scope. May be used by CABs in letterheads, quotations for work, advertisements, or websites where the CAB is accredited for a main scope or sub-scope.

32 For more information contact: The IAF Secretariat Elva Nilsen Email: INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION FORUM

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