The aim of the ILAC MRA is to develop a global network of accredited conformity assessment bodies, namely calibration laboratories, testing laboratories, medical testing laboratories and inspection facilities, that can be relied on to provide accurate data and results.
The ILAC MRA provides technical underpinning to international trade by promoting cross-border stakeholder confidence and acceptance of accredited laboratory data and inspection results. Until the advent of the ILAC MRA, there had been no multi-lateral mutual recognition agreement in laboratory or inspection accreditation. That had been a hindrance for some types of international trade, particularly those products which have had to undergo re-testing, re-calibration or re-inspection upon entry to importing countries. The ILAC MRA now facilitates this trade.
The principal elements for establishing confidence among the participating systems within ILAC are listed below. These elements are designed to ensure conformance with the requirements in order to establish and maintain mutual confidence in the technical competence of ILAC members and their accredited laboratories and inspection bodies. The elements are:
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