The MRA supports international trade by promoting international confidence and acceptance of accredited testing and inspection reports. Technical barriers to trade, such as the retesting of products each time they enter a new economy is reduced. In this way, the free-trade goal of “accredited once, accepted everywhere” becomes a closer reality. Organisations are already using the MRA in a positive way, examples can be viewed from on the Case Studies page.
The MRA provides governments with a credible and technically robust framework on which to further develop and enhance government to government bilateral and multilateral international trade agreements. The long-term aim is the fully accepted use and recognition, by both public and private industries, of accredited laboratories, including results from accredited laboratories in other countries. In this way, the free-trade goal of “accredited once, accepted everywhere” will be realised.
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The MRA acts as an internationally recognised ‘stamp of approval’ to demonstrate compliance against agreed standards and requirements. Consequently, risk is minimised, as decisions will be based on reliable test results. Duplication is also minimised as test and calibration data included in submissions for product approvals can be evaluated without re-testing. Many specifiers, such as government agencies, have recognised the importance of credible accreditation programs that are developed against internationally recognised standards. Accreditation and the ILAC MRA help regulators meet their own legislated responsibilities by providing a globally recognised system to accept accredited test reports.
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For Industry users
The MRA ensures that businesses that depend on test and calibration data have greater confidence in the accuracy of the test and calibration reports they purchase, because they have been generated by facilities assessed as being competent to carry out these specific activities. Users should check the current scope of the laboratory’s accreditation when purchasing such services.
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The MRA provides additional confidence to the general public and consumers purchasing testing and calibration services on their sample, instrument or product. By insisting that the calibration or test results are from an accredited facility, they can be confident the laboratory has been assessed by an independent accreditation body, that itself has been recognised as meeting international standards of competence.
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