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ILAC welcomes VACI, Vietnam

We welcome Vietnam Institute of Accreditation, Vietnam, as a Full Member of ILAC.

As VACI is a signatory to the APAC MRA for the accreditation of testing laboratories using ISO/IEC 17025 and calibration laboratories using ISO/IEC 17025, VACI has been granted signatory status to the ILAC MRA and therefore, Full membership of ILAC. 

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

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

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APAC Recognition to the ILAC MRA continued

As a result of the recent ILAC Arrangement Council ballot, the continuation of the recognition for the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) as a recognised regional cooperation body of ILAC has been confirmed. The endorsed AMC recommendation is shown below:

The ILAC AMC recommends that the scope of recognition of the APAC MRA to the ILAC MRA be:

  • continued for the accreditation of calibration and testing laboratories using ISO/IEC 17025, medical testing laboratories using ISO 15189, inspection bodies using ISO/IEC 17020, proficiency testing providers using ISO/IEC 17043 and reference material producers using ISO 17034.

It is further recommended that the next re-evaluation of APAC is scheduled to begin no later than June 2025.

Information on the recognised regions including APAC to the ILAC MRA is available from https://ilac.org/ilac-mra-and-signatories/recognised-regional-cooperation-bodies/

We look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues from APAC.

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ILAC welcomes CANC-DA

The Cambodian Accreditation National Council-Department of Accreditation (CANC-DA), Cambodia, is welcomed as an Associate member of ILAC.

We welcome CANC-DA and look forward to working with our CANC-DA colleagues.



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JCTLM survey

The JCTLM (Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine) is currently conducting a survey on information and services provided and processes used by the JCTLM, to obtain feedback on the future direction of the JCTLM activities.

The JCTLM Strategy Task Group has developed the questionnaire to inform the Committee on stakeholder opinions of, and needs for the JCTLM Database of Reference Materials, Methods and Services for in vitro diagnostics  JCTLM Database (jctlmdb.org) and invite you to take a few minutes to complete the online questionnaire to provide feedback as this will help to ensure the JCTLM continues to provide services that are aligned to stakeholder needs.

The on-line questionnaire can be found at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCTLMSurvey

The closing date for completing the on-line questionnaire is 30 September 2023. 

If you have any difficulties in completing the questionnaire, queries can be sent to the JCTLM Secretariat at: jctlm@bipm.org 

ILAC is a founding member of the JCTLM, together with the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Federation for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC). 

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Signatory status – GAC, Georgia

The signatory status of Georgian Accreditation Center – The Unified National Body of Accreditation, Georgia, to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include PTP (ISO/IEC 17043).

The full list of signatories to the ILAC MRA is available from https://ilac.org/signatory-search/ .

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Membership Update

Global Laboratory Accreditation Board (GLAB)’s Associate membership with ILAC was terminated on 21 July 2023 by decision of the Executive Committee in accordance with “ILAC-R2A:11/2019 ILAC Rules: Articles of Association Article 6 paragraph 1. a.”

Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification Limited (HKTIC) has submitted notice of termination to ILAC and accordingly, HKTIC’s Stakeholder membership was terminated on 5 July 2023.

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JCTLM Workshop: EQA schemes elucidating the clinical suitability of laboratory results

Registration is now open! for the JCTLM Members’ and Stakeholders’ Meeting and Workshop on ‘EQA schemes elucidating the clinical suitability of laboratory results’ to be held at the BIPM Sèvres, France on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 December 2023.

The biennial meeting of the Members and Stakeholders will start with a morning session on JCTLM update and report on 4 December and will be followed by a Workshop to explore the relationship between proficiency testing/external quality assurance (EQA) and traceability. A range of experts will describe the current quality of laboratory assays and how EQA schemes can identify where improvement in assays is needed. The theme of this Workshop is how EQA schemes can improve and provide a more helpful assessment of this quality. Interaction between the speakers and the audience will be a feature.

The meeting will be held as a hybrid event.

The workshop is open to all individuals and groups with an interest in traceability and method standardization or harmonization. These include laboratory medicine specialists, EQA providers, IVD manufacturers, and national metrology institutes. Participants will be able to share with peers and experts and access the Workshop presentation. The registration fees are 295.00 EUR (covering catering for 2 days) for in person participation or 75.00 EUR and for online participation.

Details of the programme and on-line registration form can be found at: https://www.bipm.org/en/committees/jc/jctlm/wg/jctlm/2023-12-04

JCTLM looks forward to welcoming you to the workshop.

For any questions please contact the JCTLM Secretariat: jctlm@bipm.org.

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Membership change – ACFS, Thailand

National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS), Thailand, is now a Full Member of ILAC. 

ACFS has become a signatory to the ILAC MRA for inspection (ISO/IEC 17020).  ACFS originally joined ILAC as an Associate member on 26 May 2022 and we are now pleased to welcome ACFS as a Full Member of ILAC.

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

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2022 ILAC MRA report published

The 2022 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 2022 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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Signatory status of OGA, Guatemala re-instated

The signatory status of Oficina Guatemalteca de Acreditación (OGA), Guatemala, to the ILAC MRA has been re-instated effective 30 May 2023 following the suspension in March 2023. This re-instatement of the signatory status of OGA to the ILAC MRA is a result of the re-instatement of the signatory status of OGA to the IAAC MLA and in accordance with IAF/ILAC A2 Annex 7.

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