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TPP recognises accreditation

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement, released on November 5th 2015, between twelve Pacific Rim countries. The agreement’s goal is to promote economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness; raise living standards; promote transparency, good governance, and enhanced labour and environmental protections.  Accreditation, recognised by existing […]

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Economic Analysis of Conformity Assessment and Accreditation in Germany, by Technopolis (August 2013)

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Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) Certification Forum

The CDMA Certification Forum, or CCF, is a partnership between CDMA mobile phone operators and CDMA terminal vendors. “The CCF process requires the testing laboratories that test the CDMA mobile phone devices be ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by an Accreditation Body (AB) that is a signatory to the ILAC MRA”.

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Legislation for Children’s Products Entering the US Market

On August 14, 2008, the “Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008” (CPSIA) was signed into United States law by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The legislation is a comprehensive overhaul of consumer product safety rules, with significant impact on nearly all children’s products entering the US market. In addition to more stringent […]

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The Accreditation Advantage by Peter Unger and Kessel Nelson

U.S. Federal Agencies Benefit from Accredited Laboratories…

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Proving Competence and Quality by Randy Dougherty

This article is about accreditation of conformity assessment bodies. Before proceeding further, however, it is important to provide some definitions in order for all of us to have the same understanding of key terms…

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Economic benefits of accreditation valued at more than £600M a year in the UK, by Birkbeck, University of London

A new report ‘The Economics of Accreditation’ commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills has assessed the economic benefits derived from the accreditation of certification, measurement and inspection services…

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10% of trade ‘concerns’ could be resolved by ILAC MRA according to WTO TBT Journal on World Trade

‘Improving Regulatory Governance: International Standards and the WTO TBT Agreement’, Erik Wijkström, Devin McDaniels, Issue 5, pp. 1013–1046 (October 2013)

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The World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade recognises the ILAC MRA

Article 9 of the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade — the TBT Agreement — requires that members, wherever practicable, formulate and adopt international systems of conformity assessment where a positive assurance of conformity with a technical regulation or standard is required. Article 6 of the agreement specifically recognizes accreditation as a […]

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) relies on the ILAC MRA for confidence in the quality of children’s product

The CPSC issued regulations to recognise test data associated with children’s products coming from laboratories accredited by an ILAC MRA signatory accreditation body. CPSC registers laboratories that can perform compliance testing based on a simple application process identifying the relevant scope of accreditation from an ILAC MRA signatory accreditation body. This move enabled CPSC to […]

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