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Trade Benefits of the IAF MLA
An article recently published in the International Journal of Production Economics highlights the benefits of the IAF MLA for facilitating international trade.

U.S. FDA Recognizes ANAB for FSMA
IAF Member ANAB is the first accreditation body to gain recognition by the FDA for its voluntary Accredited Third-Party Certification Program.

Joint IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings
Registration has opened for the 2018 Joint IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings, which will be held from 04-11 April in Frankfurt, Germany.

IAF Renews Memorandum of Understanding with UNIDO and ILAC
IAF renews its tripartite MoU with ILAC and UNIDO, pledging to continue the valuable collaboration between the three organizations.

IAF Endorses FAMI-QS Certification Scheme
IAF Members vote to endorse FAMI-QS asbl's 'FAMI-QS' certification scheme as a sub-scope of the IAF MLA.

IAF Signs MLA Agreement With IPC
IPC's 'IPC Management System Auditors' certification scheme received endorsement as a sub-scope of the IAF MLA during the 31st IAF General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada.

IAF Participates in COP 23
IAF will participate in two side events during COP 23, highlighting the benefits of standards, accreditation and the IAF MLA for climate action.

IAF Resolution 2017-13
IAF has published a communiqué entitled 'Important information for Certification Bodies regarding transition to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001' following the passing of IAF Resolution 2017-13.

IAF Database of Accredited Certificates
IAF General Assembly approves the establishment of a database of accredited management system certificates.

Accredited Certification and the Supply Chain
Sheronda Jeffries, IAF User Advisory Committee (UAC) Chair, and Carmine Reda, UAC member, discuss the benefits of accredited conformity assessment for delivering confidence within supply chains.

IAF MD 20 Workshop Videos
Videos of the IAF MD 20 Workshop held at the 2016 IAF/ILAC Annual Meetings are now available on the IAF/ILAC Youtube channel, with the related Powerpoint presentations available on the IAF website.

2016 IAF MLA Annual Report
IAF has just published its 2016 MLA Annual Report, which sets out the detailed activity carried out as part of the peer evaluation process to maintain the integrity and consistency of the IAF MLA. 

2016 ISO Survey
ISO has published its 2016 Survey of Management System Standard Certifications, which counts certificates issued by IAF Member-accredited CBs.

Engaging with the Insurance Industry
Work is underway with industry associations to identify areas where insurers can recognise the value of standards and accreditation in supporting risk management, evaluating premiums and coverage, and using statistical analysis to project losses within a given class.

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Transition Deadline 
IAF and ISO have published a joint statement to note that 15 September 2017 marks one year before all organisations certified to the 2008 version of ISO 9001 and the 2004 version of ISO 14001 need to have been re-certified to the 2015 versions of these two standards.

IAF Welcomes New Members and MLA Signatories
IAF has recently gained five new Members and three new I AF MLA signatories, while many pre-existing signatories achieved  scope extensions.

Growing Public Healthcare Support by IAF and the New ISO 13485:2016
Since 1996, medical device regulators and industry have been working with and refining the quality system standard ISO 13485. ISO 13485:2016 was redesigned to further target more specific risks related to medical devices, such as medical device use errors, concerns with software and more attention to the supply chain.

IAF Participates in DCMAS Network Meeting
IAF participated in the latest meeting of the DCMAS Network, which consists of representatives from international organizations working to encourage and implement metrology, accreditation and standardization in developing economies.

Business Benefits Website
IAF and ILAC are developing a website containing data on the benefits of standards and accreditation for businesses, similar to the Public Sector Assurance website that demonstrates the value of standards and accreditation to government, regulators and public sector specifiers.

2017 IAF/ILAC Joint Annual Meetings
Registration has opened for the 2017 IAF/ILAC Joint Annual Meetings, which will be held from 21-30 October in Vancouver, Canada.

Strong Progress on IAF Database
The IAF DMC continues to make good progress on the development of recommendations for an IAF database of accredited management system certificates. These recommendations will be made in the form of a formal proposal at the IAF General Assembly in October 2017.

The Value of the Implementation and Certification of Management Systems International Standards
The implementation and certification of Management Systems International Standards has achieved high international recognition, with more than 1 million organizations and their Quality Management Systems certified worldwide. Researchers have been paying considerable attention to this theme and the number of published articles has grown robustly.
3P-EVP – Third Party Effectiveness Verification Program
As part of its ongoing efforts to monitor and improve the third party conformity assessment process for the TL 9000 Quality Management System, QuEST Forum has developed a new program to help evaluate the consistency and effectiveness of the TL 9000 audits being conducted by its accredited CBs.

UNECE Trade Recommendations Reference Accreditation
UNECE has updated its trade recommendations to include references to national accreditation systems and the global arrangements.

IAF, ILAC and JAS-ANZ Communications Workshops
The IAF and ILAC Communications teams have worked with JAS-ANZ to deliver a trio of workshops in New Zealand and Australia.

FAMI-QS Signs Agreement of Cooperation with FQSI
FAMI-QS has signed an agreement of cooperation with FQSI for delivery of their Surveillance Programme for Certification Bodies in Asia.

On 7 July 2010, the USEPA signed the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act – Title VI to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has gone into effect since 10 February 2017.
2017 IAF-ILAC Mid-Term MeetingsAfrica Commemorates the Year 2017 as African Year of Quality Infrastructure
The 9th Ordinary Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade called upon the Pan African Quality Institutions to adopt the year 2017 as African Year of Quality Infrastructure. Activities will take place throughout the year with a call for enhanced efforts to boost economic integration, intra-African and global trade through investment in quality infrastructure.

The IAF-ILAC 2017 Mid-Term Meetings will be held from 31 March - 07 April in Frankfurt, Germany.

IAF supported ISO and CASCO to organise and host a seminar to explore the role and benefits of standards and accreditation in managing risk for the insurance industry. The workshop brought together experts from conformity assessment and the insurance industry, standards developers and business representatives.

A new publication titled "Good practices: Experience in the Market Surveillance of ISO 9001 quality management systems" has been released by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
This report sets out the detailed activity that is carried out as part of the peer evaluation process, to ensure that regulators, specifiers, and businesses can have confidence in the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA).
SADCAS is proud to announce its admission as Full Member of the International Accreditation Forum  (IAF).

The World Bank-GFDRR report Building Regulation for Resilience: Managing Risks for Safer Cities released in April 2016 outlines the benefits of strong and effective building regulatory frameworks.

9 June 2016 marks World Accreditation Day as a global initiative to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.  

ANAB Acquires Laboratory Accreditation Bureau
The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), IAF Accreditation Body Member, has acquired Accreditation Services Bureau, doing business as Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B).

ISO has published its 2014 Survey of Management System Standard Certifications.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new trade agreement between twelve Pacific Rim countries, was released November 5th 2015.

ISO has published the newest version of its ISO 9001 standard, ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems - Requirements.

The second joint annual meetings of PAC (a recognized Regional Body member of IAF) and APLAC were held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 13 - 20 June.

IIOC, the Independent International Organisation for Certification, an Association Member of IAF, has launched a communications campaign to promote the benefit of accredited certification services.

On 30 June and 1 July 2015, The International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) held a workshop on Global to Urban Scale Carbon Measurements in Sèvres, France. Chikako Makino (JAB) gave a presentation on behalf of IAF and ILAC on the topic of “GHG Measurement and Verification: Current Practice and future Governance”.

The Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (AENOR) and Mr. Dougherty discuss the structure of IAF, its role in facilitating trade, transitioning to the new ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards, and more.

Kenyan celebrations for World Accreditation Day 2015 focused on demonstrating to stakeholders in the health care sector how accreditation can support the delivery of health and social care.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has accepted a proposal from ILAC and IAF to host a working session on October 1st at the WTO’s Annual Public Forum to promote the role that accreditation plays to support trade.

IAF MLA Annual Report 2014
This report sets out the detailed activity that is carried out as part of the peer evaluation process, to ensure that regulators, specifiers, and businesses can have confidence in the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA).

2015 EOQ Presidential Georges Borel Awards
The European Organization for Quality (EOQ) presented its Presidential Georges Borel Awards on June 10th, 2015. Recipients included Dr. Thomas Facklam (EA Chair, IAF Director Representing High Income Economies) and Dr. George Anastasopoulos (ESYD Chair).

Second OECD meeting of International Organisations
On 17 April 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held its second meeting of International Organisations (IOs), ‘Fostering the Contribution of International Organisations to Better Rules of Globalisation’.

On the occasion of EA’s 15th anniversary, Martin Stadler (EA Advisory Board Vice-Chair, IAF User Advisory Committee Chair) discusses the added value of accreditation for industry.

MAPUTO, 24 March 2015 – Twenty four participants from Burundi, Chad, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo and Uganda are attending a training course that aims to build the regional trade capacity of Least Developed Countries.

World Accreditation Day - June 9th 2015
IAF is delighted to announce World Accreditation Day, a global initiative jointly established by IAF and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). full news story

Promoting Accreditation at the WTO Public Forum
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has accepted a proposal from ISO, IEC, ILAC and IAF to host a joint session at the WTO's Annual Public Forum to promote the role that standards and accreditation play in trade facilitation.  full news story

 IAF MLA Annual Report 2013
The IAF and its accreditation body members invest significant effort and resources to maintain the integrity and consistency of the MLA through a peer evaluation process. This report sets out the detailed activity that is carried out as part of the ...  full news story

IAF after 20 Years

By Randy Dougherty, IAF Chair and President

28 January 1993. This was the date of the meeting that resulted in the formation of IAF.  This was the beginning. This was the founding of IAF. This was the birth of IAF. Participants and observers at that first meeting represented organizations that we know of now as ANSI, RvA, UKAS, JAS-ANZ, SCC, ANAB and JAB.

Self-Certification Is Not a Real Thing
Every once in a while we hear of a company that claims to have a self-certification to ISO 9001 - or some other management system standard. The company "certifies" that its organization conforms to the requirements of ISO 9001. It sounds ... full news story

Specifying Accreditation in Regulation
This factsheet specifies text that can be provided to regulators and specifiers to assist them in their drafting of regulation or specification. full news story

The Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) - An update
Following a favourable review by the IAF Executive committee and 30-day ballot to IAF members, ARAC was accepted in September 2013 as an IAF Special Recognition Organization - Regional Accreditation Group Member. full news story

GLOBALG.A.P. receives IAF endorsement 
The GLOBALG.A.P.  Integrated Farm Assurance certification scheme is the first product certification scheme ever to have achieved official endorsement by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). full news story

Study into the value of ISO 9001

The results of a joint study, carried out by UNIDO, ISO and IAF, show that the implementation of accredited certification to ISO 9001 brings positive results both to certified organisations and their customers, and ultimately to the economies themselves. full news story

Accredited certification delivers real added value

In 2010/11, IAF carried out a global survey to capture market feedback on the value of certification. The survey aimed to gain intelligence on the drivers for seeking certification, the selection criteria when choosing a body to provide certification services, the appropriateness of the process, and the positive outcomes of certification. The results are now published. full news story


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