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Revised ILAC-G19 document published

ILAC-G19:06/2022 – Modules in a Forensic Science Process has been published and is now available from https://ilac.org/publications-and-resources/ilac-guidance-series/

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ILAC welcomes LATAK, Latvia

We welcome Latvian National Accreditation Bureau, Latvia, as a Full Member of ILAC.

As LATAK is a signatory to the EA MLA for the accreditation of calibration and testing laboratories using ISO/IEC 17025, medical testing laboratories using ISO 15189 and inspection bodies using ISO/IEC 17020, LATAK has been granted signatory status to the ILAC MRA and therefore, Full membership of ILAC. 

We welcome LATAK and look forward to working with our LATAK colleagues.

The full list of signatories to the ILAC MRA is available here.

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Latest revisions of P4, P5 and R6 published

ILAC P4:06/2022 ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement: Policy and Management, ILAC P5:06/2022 ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement: Scope and Obligations and ILAC R6:06/2022 Structure of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement and Procedure for Expansion of the Scope of the ILAC Arrangement have been revised to support the implementation of the following resolution and the extension of the ILAC MRA to include accreditation of biobanking:

 ILAC Resolution GA 25.09: The General Assembly endorses the recommendation of the ARC to extend the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) to include accreditation of biobanking as a Level 2 activity, to the criteria specified in the Level 3 normative document, ISO 20387. ILAC will therefore accept applications for recognition as soon as the documents within ILAC applicable to the MRA are updated to cover this new scope.

P4 and P5 are available here and R6 is available here.

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2021 ILAC MRA Report

The 2021 ILAC MRA Report and infographic is now available to download.

ILAC and its accreditation body members invest significant effort and resources to maintain the integrity and consistency of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA), also known as the ILAC Arrangement, through a peer evaluation process.

This report provides information on the activities carried out as part of the global peer evaluation process in 2021 in order to ensure that both regulators and consumers of laboratory and inspection data, as well as users of proficiency testing programs and reference materials are able to maintain confidence in the services accredited by the signatories to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). 

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ILAC signs the Joint Statement of Intent

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 had previously 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).

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 addition of ILAC further strengthens the collaboration and global reach of the initiative. Etty Feller, ILAC Chair, commented that “ILAC and BIPM have been working together for decades as part of the quality infrastructure community to enhance and strengthen international recognition and trust in accurate and traceable measurements that underpin science including in the medical, commerce, monitoring of the environment and the provision of safe food and water sectors. ILAC is working with our quality infrastructure colleagues and in particular BIPM, to ensure the effective delivery and implementation of the SI Digital Framework via the accreditation processes”.

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).

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ILAC welcomes ACFS

The National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS), Thailand, is welcomed as an Associate member of ILAC.

We welcome ACFS and look forward to working with our ACFS colleagues.

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15th Anniversary of World Accreditation Day

09 June 2022 marks the 15th anniversary of World Accreditation Day (WAD), a day that IAF and ILAC celebrate every year with members, partners, stakeholders and other organisations in the field of conformity assessment to mark the importance of accreditation.

WAD was established in 2007 by the IAF/ILAC Joint General Assembly, and first celebrated in 2008 with the theme of Accreditation: Delivering Trust in the Global Market. Over the years, themes have touched on the broad qualities of accreditation such as its ability to deliver trust and confidence, the ways that it benefits specific groups such as regulators, and its role in benefiting certain sectors and addressing specific issues. More recent themes focus on how accreditation supports broader global issues such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The past themes of WAD, and promotional materials prepared to celebrate the day, can all be viewed here.

The WAD 2022 theme is Accreditation: Sustainability in Economic Growth and the Environment. With ecosystems under increasing strain from climate change, habitat destruction, and pollution, viewing economic growth through the lens of sustainability has become essential. Accreditation and standards can help regulators, companies and consumers require or engage in more environmentally friendly practices. A joint statement from the IAF and ILAC Chairs, poster and brochure with more information on the theme are now available for download here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted in-person celebrations in recent years, but IAF, ILAC, their members and other organizations have continued to celebrate in a wide variety of ways, including with virtual events. Some examples of how members adjusted to the pandemic to celebrate in 2020 can be viewed here and here.

IAF and ILAC will be holding a virtual event on 09 June 2022 at two different times, 8:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC, to accommodate individuals in different time zones. To attend, register at one of the following links:

08:00 UTC event: https://bit.ly/3GmeTqb

19:00 UTC event: https://bit.ly/3NwVVj8

We also encourage everyone to celebrate with us online using the hashtag #WAD2022 and to contact your local accreditation body for further details on local media and online seminars and programs they may be organising. A list of IAF Members is available here, and a list of ILAC Members is available here.

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ILAC welcomes GAC, Georgia

We welcome Georgian Accreditation Center – The Unified National Body of Accreditation (GAC), Georgia, as a Full Member of ILAC.

GAC joined ILAC as an Affiliate member on 21 February 2005 and then became an Associate Member on 11 January 2021.  As GAC is a signatory to the EA MLA for the accreditation of calibration and testing laboratories using ISO/IEC 17025, medical testing laboratories using ISO 15189 and inspection bodies using ISO/IEC 17020, GAC has also been granted signatory status to the ILAC MRA and therefore, Full membership of ILAC. 

We welcome GAC as a Full Member and look forward to working with our GAC colleagues.

The full list of signatories to the ILAC MRA is available here.

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ILAC welcomes SOAC WAAS, Cote D’Ivoire

We welcome Systéme Ouest Africain d’Accréditation, Cote D’Ivoire (SOAC WAAS), as a Full Member of ILAC.

SOAC WAAS joined ILAC as an Affiliate member on 17 August 2018 and then became an Associate Member on 7 May 2019.  As SOAC WAAS is a signatory to the AFRAC MRA for the accreditation of calibration and testing laboratories using ISO/IEC 17025 and medical testing laboratories using ISO 15189, SOAC WAAS has also been granted signatory status to the ILAC MRA and therefore, Full membership of ILAC. 

We welcome SOAC WAAS as a Full Member and look forward to working with our SOAC WAAS colleagues.

The full list of signatories to the ILAC MRA is available here.

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World Accreditation Day 2022 resources now available!

09 June 2022 marks World Accreditation Day (#WAD2022), a global initiative established by IAF and ILAC to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme is Accreditation: Sustainability in Economic Growth and the Environment.

The world economy relies heavily on natural resources provided by healthy ecosystems, and yet we continue to put these ecosystems through enormous stress and to consume resources at an alarming rate. Accreditation, alongside other quality infrastructure tools including metrology, standardization, conformity assessment and market surveillance, can support the shift to a circular economy and more sustainable forms of production. Use of standards can help organizations adopt more eco-friendly practices, with accredited conformity assessment providing assurance that organizations are meeting requirements and fulfilling claims.

A brochure (link) providing more information is now available on the IAF and ILAC websites, as well as a joint statement by the IAF and ILAC Chairs (link) and an official WAD 2022 poster (link).

In addition, four supporting videos will be released on the IAF-ILAC YouTube channel in mid-May. IAF and ILAC will also be holding a virtual event on 09 June 2022 with more information to be released closer to the date.

The Public Sector Assurance and Business Benefits websites, which contain case studies, research and supporting materials demonstrating the benefits and value of accreditation, can provide more information on how accreditation can support sustainability.

While the COVID-19 pandemic may again disrupt in-person WAD events, we encourage everyone to celebrate with us online using the hashtag #WAD2022, to attend our virtual event and to contact your local accreditation body for further details on local media and online seminars and programs they may be organising. A list of IAF Members is available here, and a list of ILAC Members is available here.

Follow IAF (@IAF_Global) and ILAC (@ILAC_Official) on Twitter, and IAF on LinkedIn (International Accreditation Forum Inc) for the latest updates.

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