The Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry has issued Decree No. 43/2016 with references the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) and IAF Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MLA).The Decree was issued on 30 December 2015 and enters into force on 1 March 2016.
The accreditation bodies that are signatories to the ILAC MRA have been peer evaluated against ISO/IEC 17011 to assess and accredit calibration laboratories using ISO/IEC 17025, testing laboratories using ISO/IEC 17025, medical testing laboratories using ISO 15189 and inspection bodies using ISO/IEC 17020. The results from the laboratories and inspection bodies accredited by the ILAC MRA signatories are able to be recognised internationally under the ILAC MRA.
If, as part of the requirements of the Decree, manufacturers and importers require the calibration, testing or inspection of their goods to be recognised under the ILAC MRA, they should contact an accreditation body in their economy that is a signatory to the ILAC MRA. The accreditation bodies that are signatories to the ILAC MRA will be able to provide a list of laboratories and inspection bodies that they have accredited according to the relevant international standards and under the ILAC MRA to undertake the necessary calibration, testing or inspection of their goods. The online directories of accredited laboratories and inspection bodies are also available from the accreditation body’s websites.
The ILAC MRA Signatory Search on the ILAC website provides the list of accreditation bodies that are signatories to the ILAC MRA and this list is searchable by organisation name, economy and/or accreditation scope. In many cases, a link to the accreditation body’s online directory of accredited laboratories and inspection bodies is also provided with the accreditation body’s contact details.
For further information on the requirements of the Decree, please contact the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry or the Egyptian General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC) directly.
Note: This news item was initially published on 15 February 2016.