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Online Event – EURACHEM/CITAC Scientific Workshop

Posted on behalf of Eurachem

PRODUCTION OF QUALITATIVE REFERENCE MATERIALS

19 September, 2024

The number of reference materials (RMs), including certified reference materials (CRMs) characterized for qualitative properties, has steadily increased in recent years. In response, the Technical Committee for Reference Materials of the International Organization for Standardization, ISO/TC 334m developed USI 33496 to provide guidance to reference material producers (RMPs) on producing qualitative RMs. ISO 33406 builds on the general requirements in ISO 17034:2016 for RMP competence, and offers specific guidance on value assignment, assessment of homogeneity and stability, statement of metrological traceability, and measurement uncertainty evaluation for RMs with qualitative property values.

The workshop aims to:  

  • Inform on and discuss the new ISO guidance on the production of qualitative reference materials;
  • Introduce participants to the information on the estimation and reporting of uncertainties for qualitative results; and
  • Share the experience of several RMPs with the production of qualitative reference materials in relation to the new ISO guidance.

The workshop is free to attend, subject to registration.  Registration is online only.

View and download the Draft Program here:

Pre-register here:  

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ILAC and IFHA sign MoU

The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) have formalized their longstanding collaboration, recently signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

ILAC is the specialized body administering a global multilateral Mutual Recognition Arrangement among accreditation bodies responsible for accreditation of conformity assessment bodies, including testing laboratories.

The IFHA is the global leader for the international sport of thoroughbred racing. It seeks to promote all facets of the worldwide sport of thoroughbred racing; protect the welfare of the equine and human athletes; and protect and grow its global social and economic significance for current and future generations.

For more than 30 years, the use of ILAC G-7 document Accreditation requirements and Operating Criteria for Horseracing Laboratories (which can be viewed and downloaded here) has helped achieve greater consistency across horse racing laboratories, particularly in the area of anti-doping efforts.

Both organisations look forward to continuing their collaboration for the ongoing maintenance of ILAC-G7 as an independent, third-party guidance document for horse racing laboratories.

It is further envisaged that under the MoU the collaboration be extended to:

  • related activities such as education regarding accreditation of horse racing laboratories and sharing of experience among assessors involved in the assessment of horse racing laboratories when applicable;
  • the facilitation of interlaboratory comparisons/Proficiency Testing programs;
  • encouraging the development of reference materials for drugs; and
  • continual updates for the accreditation community regarding changes to the allowed limits/thresholds of prohibited substances as defined by the IFHA.

You can view and download the MoU here

Further information on the IFHA and its activities is available here

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IAF, ILAC and Members Celebrate WAD 2024

09 June 2024 marked World Accreditation Day (WAD), an initiative established by IAF and ILAC to raise awareness about accreditation. Each year, WAD brings the global conformity assessment community together with events, webinars and workshops.

With the theme of ‘Accreditation: Empowering Tomorrow and Shaping the Future’, WAD 2024 underscored the important role of accreditation in navigating the complexities of an evolving world. As technology advances and global challenges persist, accreditation will continue to empower consumers, industries and governments by supporting quality, safety and sustainability.

To commemorate the day, IAF and ILAC held a webinar with speeches from IAF Chair Emanuele Riva, ILAC Chair Etty Feller, ISO/CASCO Chair Caroline Outa, and WADA representatives Olivier Rabin (Senior Director, Science and Medicine), Victoria Ivanova (Senior Manager, International Partnerships) and Osquel Barroso (Senior Associate Director, Laboratories Science and Medicine). The speakers provided valuable insights into the benefits of accredited conformity assessment and standards across various sectors. They highlighted how accreditation enhances trust, facilitates international trade, and supports the Sustainable Development Goals. View a recording of the webinar here.

IAF and ILAC members held additional celebrations in their own economies or virtually, and published materials to raise awareness of accreditation. Join us in exploring their activities by downloading the PDF with all the celebrations below.

See all WAD 2024 Celebrations

We eagerly anticipate celebrating with our members and stakeholders again in 2025!

 

 

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Registration Open for the 2024 Joint IAF-ILAC Annual Meetings

IAF and ILAC are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2024 Joint IAF-ILAC Annual Meetings. Scheduled to take place from 01-10 October in Berlin, Germany, the annual meetings will gather IAF and ILAC members from around the globe to discuss IAF and ILAC activities, the transition to GLOBAC, and critical issues shaping the conformity assessment community.

The meetings will include committee, working group and task force meetings, as well as the IAF and ILAC General Assembly meetings and an IAF Board meeting. Register via the official meetings website https://ilaciafmeetings.org/.

 

Registrations are now being accepted:

Members must register to attend these meetings via the online registration form that has been established on the official meeting website. Members are reminded to register as soon as possible, and complete payment no later than Friday, 16 August 2024 at 17:00 (GMT +2 / CEST) to take advantage of the early bird discount price.

Funds must be received by IAF-ILAC in full on or before the early bird deadline in order to qualify for this rate. Delegates who register before the early-bird rate but do not submit payment in full before 17:00 (GMT +2 / CEST) on 16 August will have their registration fees automatically adjusted to the regular rate without notice. No exceptions will be granted.

Please note that all registration fees are payable in USD and that fees may be paid either by credit card or wire transfer. Instructions for payment are available on the meeting website. Credit cards accepted include Visa, MasterCard and Amex. Payment must be made by 20 September 2024. Any registrations after this date may only be made via credit card.

Please note: Visa processing times vary from country to country and wait times can be lengthy. We strongly recommend you apply for a visa as soon as possible to avoid delays. Details on how to apply for a German visa can be found on the meeting website.

 

Join us in Berlin as we shape the future of IAF, ILAC and accreditation together!

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Tackling Climate Change – Fostering Trust in Climate Action through quality and standards

Posted on behalf of UNIDO

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is thrilled to announce the release of its new publication titled “Tackling Climate Change: Fostering trust in climate action through quality and standards”.

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our times. From shifting weather patterns that threaten human health to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Quality infrastructure (QI) is key to climate action, as it contributes to building a greener and more equitable future for generations to come.

The publication explores how QI can support and promote climate action initiatives. It delves into the reasons climate change and associated adaptation and mitigation initiatives have become a strategic imperative, and explains what is meant by a quality infrastructure system (QIS) and how trade facilitation can be used to support global initiatives such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also examines each of the key components of a QIS, how these can contribute to climate action initiatives, and how developing countries in particular can transition towards a more sustainable QIS.

The publication benefitted greatly from contributions by members of the International Network on Quality Infrastructure (INetQI), particularly the International Organization for Standards (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

Read the full publication here

For more information, contact Dorina Nati (d.nati@unido.org)

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Membership Update

National Accreditation Body of Republica de Cuba (ONARC)’s Full membership with ILAC was terminated on 15 June 2024 by decision of the Executive Committee in accordance with “ILAC-R2A:11/2019 ILAC Rules: Articles of Association Article 6 paragraph 3.”

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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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