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IAF and ILAC Seek Tenders for Rebranding Project

IAF and ILAC are seeking tenders for the rebranding of IAF and ILAC as the Global Accreditation Cooperation (GLOBAC), the new international organization for accreditation being formed by IAF and ILAC.

The rebranding project includes the development of a new brand strategy and brand architecture that align with IAF and ILAC’s shared objectives. Interested parties are requested to review the tender document, which outlines the project scope, milestones and proposal requirements. View the document here.

Tenders must be submitted to marketing@iaf.nu and secretariat@ilac.org by midnight UTC, 09 July 2024.

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IAF and ILAC Release Final Episode in Podcast Sub-Series

IAF and ILAC have released the final podcast in our Accreditation Matters sub-series on the role of accreditation in the food industry. This episode highlights the importance of accreditation for intergovernmental organizations (IGOs).

The episode is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music, or for viewing on YouTube.

In this episode, Colin Christmas (IAF Working Group Food Co-Convener, IQNET representative) leads a discussion with Ali Badarneh (Division Chief, UNIDO), Joseph Wozniak (Head of Trade for Sustainable Development, International Trade Centre), Margarita Corrales (Food Safety Officer, Pan American Health Organization) and Steve Wearne (Chair, Codex Alimentarius Commission).

Guests discuss the importance of accreditation for industrial development and increasing trade opportunities. They highlight the work of their organizations in areas such as strengthening quality infrastructure systems, helping bodies to achieve accreditation, developing standards, and information distribution.

We hope you enjoy listening to this episode! Access the entire sub-series on the Accreditation Matters podcast channels or the IAF/ILAC YouTube channel.

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IAF and ILAC Release New Accreditation Matters Episode

IAF and ILAC have released a new episode of Accreditation Matters, ‘The Role of Accreditation in the Public Sector’. This marks the third podcast in our sub-series on the role of accreditation in the food industry.

The episode is available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music, or for viewing on YouTube.

In this episode, Colin Christmas (IAF Working Group Food Co-Convener, IQNET representative) leads a discussion with Cristina Draghici (Director for Conformity Assessment and Consumer Matters, ISO), Cynthia Woodley (COO and psychometrician, Professional Testing Inc.), Elias Rafoul (Vice Chair, ISO/CASCO; Vice President – Accreditation Services, Standards Council of Canada), and Mike O’Neill (Head of Codex Policy and Strategy, UK Food Standards Agency).

Guests highlight the role of standards and accreditation in building trust in supply chains and facilitating trade. They note how it assists regulators in allocating resources, and reduces regulatory burdens on compliant businesses. They also discuss how accredited certification helps to ensure the competence of food safety workers, and the benefits that accredited persons certification provides to regulators.

We hope you enjoy listening to this episode!

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ILAC Welcomes DTA-IBMETRO

The Dirección Técnica de Acreditación del Instituto Boliviano de Metrologia (DTA-IBMETRO), Bolivia, is welcomed as an Associate member of ILAC.

We welcome DTA-IBMETRO and look forward to working with our DTA-IBMETRO colleagues.

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International Workshop on Advancing Food Analysis, Safety & Testing Standards for Global Comparability

Published on behalf of AFPAN.

ABOUT APFAN

The Asia Pacific Food Analysis Network (APFAN) is a special project of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) and was formed at the Third Asian Chemical Congress in Brisbane in 1989.

APFAN’s mission is to serve the needs of food analysts in their dual roles to achieve food quality, food safety, and good nutrition and to promote food trade in the Asia Pacific region. APFAN helps its members to maintain and improve their abilities in food analysis and this is achieved by developing a network of food scientists and food technologists that encourages the sharing of ideas, concepts, and methods through online communication and in-person meetings.

On behalf of APFAN, in partnership with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and the Department of Chemistry Malaysia (KIMIA), I am pleased to advise that Registration and the Call for Abstracts are open for the upcoming APFAN PT4 Workshop entitled: “International Workshop on Advancing Food Analysis, Safety and Testing Standards for Global Comparability”.

This three-day International Workshop will be held from 15th – 17th July, 2024 at The Everly Hotel, located in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The Workshop will cover many topics including:
– Method Validation and Measurement Uncertainty
– Food Analysis
– Food Microbiology
– Proficiency Testing and Reference Materials
– Food Safety and Food Security
– Laboratory Accreditation Requirements

ABSTRACTS

The APFAN PT4 Organising Committee is pleased to invite authors to submit their abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations, to be presented during the Workshop.

The abstract’s template is here:

Due date for abstract submission: 15th June 2024

REGISTRATION

For more details, please visit the APFAN PT4 Workshop website here: or Download the Poster. For any enquiries, please contact the APFAN PT4 Organising Committee here:

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IAF and ILAC Release New Accreditation Matters Episode

IAF and ILAC have released a new episode of Accreditation Matters, ‘The Role of Accreditation in the Public Sector’. This marks the third podcast in our sub-series on the role of accreditation in the food industry.

In this episode, Colin Christmas (IAF Working Group Food Co-Convener, IQNET representative) leads a discussion with Cristina Draghici (Director for Conformity Assessment and Consumer Matters, ISO), Cynthia Woodley (COO and psychometrician, Professional Testing Inc.), Elias Rafoul (Vice Chair, ISO/CASCO; Vice President – Accreditation Services, Standards Council of Canada), and Mike O’Neill (Head of Codex Policy and Strategy, UK Food Standards Agency).

Guests highlight the role of standards and accreditation in building trust in supply chains and facilitating trade. They note how it assists regulators in allocating resources, and reduces regulatory burdens on compliant businesses. They also discuss how accredited certification helps to ensure the competence of food safety workers, and the benefits that accredited persons certification provides to regulators.

The episode is available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music, or for viewing on YouTube.

We hope you enjoy listening to this episode!

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ILAC Re-launches LinkedIn Page

In response to requests from members and other interested parties, we are pleased to announce that the ILAC LinkedIn page is once again functioning.

The page will complement our existing ‘X’ account @ILAC_Official.

The increased text allowable in the LinkedIn platform will enable us to provide more information on news items that are currently covered in ‘X’. We also plan to provide new content that is not suitable to condense into a tweet.

You can find the page on LinkedIn here:

We hope that you will subscribe and follow us on both LinkedIn and ‘X’.

Kind regards
The ILAC Secretariat

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April/May 2024 OIML Bulletin available: “Sustainability”

Published on behalf of OIML.

The April/May 2024 edition of the OIML Bulletin on the theme “Sustainability” is now available.

You can access the Bulletin here:

The issue contains eight papers in the “Technique” and “Evolutions” sections on how metrology can support sustainability:

  • Metrology of light pollution on a legal basis: Current and future challenges,
  • Catch the motion: measurement of PIR sensor detection range in the sensLAB at METAS,
  • Phosphorus recycling from sewage sludge: an emerging technology that comes with novel challenges for metrology,
  • Accelerating climate action with ISO standards,
  • The crucial role of metrology for a sustainable future,
  • Sustainability – What does it mean to metrology
  • Developing metrological competencies to streamline innovation and promote sustainable development in Cuba, and
  • Metrology: a tool to support climate action

In the “Update” section there are reports on:

  • the OIML-BIPM-UNESCO World Metrology Day Launch Event 2024,
  • the renewal of the MoU between ILAC, the IAF and the OIML,
  • the Second Gulf Metrology Forum,
  • OIML Training Event Prepackaged goods according to OIML R79 and OIML R87,
  • a report on the Ninth OIML-CS Management Committee meeting, and
  • regular updates on the OIML-CS, new Members, Committee Drafts, & meetings.
  • The Editorial is written by CIML President Dr Bobjoseph Mathew.

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    Update – One Organisation Project Steering Committee

    The One Organisation Project Steering Committee (OOP SC) met on Friday 17 May 2024. The Steering Committee discussed the dispositions of comments received from IAF and ILAC members on the draft GLOBAC Constitution and General Rules. The Steering Committee also discussed the Transition Scenario to form GLOBAC and briefly discussed development of GLOBAC documentation.

    The OOP SC will report to the IAF and ILAC Joint Executive Committees meeting to be held on Monday 3 June 2024. Following this meeting it is anticipated that the draft GLOBAC Constitution and General Rules and the Transition Scenario will be circulated to the IAF and ILAC members for ballot.

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    ILAC welcomes NAC, USA

    We welcome National Accreditation Center LLC (NAC), USA, as a Full Member of ILAC.

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

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

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

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