ILAC has a long-standing relationship with the International Bureau for Weights and Measures (BIPM). Further information on the ILAC liaison activity with the BIPM is available from the members area of the ILAC website.
Joint CIPM-ILAC Webinar: Digital Transformation in the context of Accreditation
The CIPM-ILAC Webinar titled: Digital Transformation in the context of Accreditation was held on 30 June 2022. It was aimed at accreditation body and laboratory staff and addressed topics including: the SI digital framework, digital reporting in an accreditation body, opportunities and challenges with the introduction of digital calibration certificates and a Q&A session.
The video recording and related materials from this webinar are now available from here.
Joint BIPM-ILAC Webinar: Mining KCDB 2.0 in the Context of Accreditation
This free BIPM-ILAC Webinar titled: Mining KCDB 2.0 in the Context of Accreditation took place on 21 January 2021. It was aimed at accreditation body and laboratory staff and addressed topics including: assuring quality and access to the data in the BIPM KCDB 2.0; an overview of BIPM and ILAC publications addressing calibration and traceability and a Q&A session.
The video recording and presentations from this webinar are now available for downloading from https://www.bipm.org/en/committees/cb/cbkt/wg/cbkt-bipm-ilac-kcdb-2.0
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
The BIPM-ILAC Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was again reaffirmed on 8 March 2016. The MoU recognises the need to strengthen the links between accreditation and metrology and to coordinate actions in respect of tasks related to national and international measurement infrastructure. The MoU was initially signed on 3 November 2001.
Joint Working Group
The BIPM-ILAC Working Group is responsible for the implementation of the BIPM-ILAC MoU and has produced associated documents, as below.
On the digital transformation in the international scientific and quality infrastructure
ILAC signed the Joint Statement of Intent On the digital transformation in the international scientific and quality infrastructure on 31 May 2022. The joint statement has been signed by the BIPM, the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO), the International Science Council (ISC) and its Committee on Data (CODATA). Refer to here for the full list of signatories
The joint statement provides a platform for the signatory organizations to come together to indicate their support, in a way appropriate to their particular organization, to the development, implementation, and promotion of the SI Digital Framework as part of a wider digital transformation of the international scientific and quality infrastructure.
The joint statement is part of an ongoing initiative by the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM) and its Task Group on the Digital SI (CIPM-TG-DSI) to develop and establish a world-wide uniform and secure data exchange format based on the International System of Units (SI).
The Joint BIPM-OIML-ILAC-ISO Declaration on Metrological Traceability 2018 was updated and resigned on 13 November 2018.
It reaffirms the Joint Declaration signed in 2011 that builds on the tripartite common statement and declaration issued by BIPM, OIML, and ILAC in 2006 on the relevance of various international agreements on metrology to trade, legislation and standardization.
Accreditation of Calibration and Measurement Services of National Metrology Institutes
The Joint ILAC-CIPM Communication 2020 provides guidance on the accreditation process of National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) for their measurement services in order for the NMI to optimise the benefits from being accredited when it is, or is in the process of becoming, a signatory to the CIPM MRA, and to generally facilitate the process for Accreditation Bodies when accrediting the measurement services of NMIs.
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