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Accredited certification delivers real added value
World Accreditation Day - June 9th 2014
GLOBALG.A.P. receives IAF endorsement
Specifying Accreditation in Regulation
Self-Certification Is Not a Real Thing
Promoting Accreditation at the WTO Public Forum
IAF MLA Annual Report 2013
World Accreditation Day 2015
Boosting the trade capacity of Least Developed Countries
EA Celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2015
Second OECD meeting of International Organisations
2015 EOQ Presidential Georges Borel Awards
IAF MLA Annual Report 2014
Making Trade Work - ILAC and IAF to host session
World Accreditation Day 2015 Celebrations - Kenya
Interview with Randy Dougherty, IAF Chair (Spanish)
BIPM Workshop on Carbon Measurements
Assuring Success Through Accredited Certification
PAC 20th Anniversary Celebrations a Great Success
Publication of ISO 9001:2015
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ISO Survey 2014
ANAB Acquires Laboratory Accreditation Bureau
World Accreditation Day - 2016
World Bank - GFDDR Report Cites Accreditaton
SADCAS Admitted as an Accreditation Body Member
IAF MLA Annual Report 2015
UNIDO: Experience in the Market Surveillance of ISO 9001 QMS
Standards and Accreditation in the Insurance Sector
2017 IAF-ILAC Mid-Term Meetings
World Accreditation Day 2017
African Year of Quality Infrastructure
USEPA Final Rule on Formaldehyde Emission Standards
FAMI-QS Signs Agreement of Cooperation with FQSI
IAF, ILAC and JAS-ANZ Communications Workshops

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.  

Standards and accreditation are referenced in the WTO TBT Agreement and play an important role in trade facilitation. However, according to "Improving Regulatory Governance: International Standards and the WTO TBT Agreement", (Issue 5 - October 2013) by Erik Wijkström and Devin McDaniels, 30% of trade concerns related to ISO, 12% to the IEC, and 10% to ILAC. The appropriate application of standards and accredited conformity assessment therefore has the potential to resolve these concerns to the benefit of both industrialised and developing economies. 

A common core principle of ISO, IEC, IAF and ILAC is to facilitate trade through the removal of technical barriers to trade, and so the session will therefore be closely aligned to the umbrella theme ‘Why Trade matters to everyone’ of the 2014 Public Forum. The session will take place on 1st October at 1700. Further information on the Public Forum can be read here.


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