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Signatory Status – ATS, Serbia

The signatory status of Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS), Serbia, to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include the accreditation of Proficiency Testing Providers (ISO/IEC 17043).

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

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ILAC Welcomes IACLD

We welcome Iranian Association of Clinical Laboratory Doctors (IACLD), Iran, as a Full Member of ILAC.

As IACLD is a signatory to the APAC MRA for the accreditation of medical testing laboratories using ISO 15189, IACLD has been granted signatory status to the ILAC MRA and therefore, Full membership of ILAC. 

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

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

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EA – Continuation as a recognised regional cooperation body of ILAC has been confirmed

As a result of the recent ILAC Arrangement Council ballot, the continuation of the recognition for the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) 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 EA MLA 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 recommended that the next re-evaluation of EA is scheduled to begin no later than July 2026.

 

Information on the recognised regions including EA 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 EA.

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ILAC-BIPM MoU Reaffirmed

The ILAC and International Bureau for Weights and Measures (BIPM) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has recently been reaffirmed.

The MoU supports the already established and ongoing development of links between accreditation and metrology.  In addition, it recognises the need to cooperate on actions in respect of our tasks related to national and international measurement infrastructure.

Information on the BIPM and ILAC partnership, including a copy of the reaffirmed MoU, is available from here.

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2023 ILAC GA RESOLUTIONS

The meeting of the 27th ILAC General Assembly was held on the 13 and 15 of November 2023 in Montreal, Canada.   

The adopted resolutions from the ILAC 2023 General Assembly are now available here.

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Latest revisions of ILAC P5, P8 and R6 published

ILAC-P5:11/2023 – ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement: Scope and Obligations.
This document describes the elements of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (hereinafter referred to as the Arrangement) for conformity assessment body accreditation covered by the Arrangement.

ILAC-P8:2023 – ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (Arrangement): Supplementary Requirements for the Use of Accreditation Symbols and for Claims of Accreditation Status by Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies.
The requirements in this document have been developed to ensure a more uniform approach to the use of accreditation symbols and for the manner in which a CAB may refer to its accreditation status and make claims in relation to the ILAC MRA. 

ILAC-R6:11/2026 – Structure of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement and Procedure for Expansion of the Scope of the ILAC Arrangement.
This document describes the structure of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement as well as the steps to be used by ILAC to consider and approve new international accreditation programs for inclusion in the ILAC Arrangement.

P5 and P8 are available here and R6 is available here.

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Signatory Status – SCC, Canada

The signatory status of Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada, to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include the accreditation of Proficiency Testing Providers (ISO/IEC 17043).

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

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CASCO Webinar: Conformity assessment building trust in a digital world

ISO/CASCO has extended an invite to this webinar to anyone that is interested in ensuring quality and safety in a complex and digital world.

In this webinar: Conformity assessment building trust in a digital world, CASCO will address the assessment of increasingly complex and digitalized objects, processes, services and systems with the aim of providing assurance of quality and safety.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, 21 November 2023, from 13:00 to 14:30 CET.

This webinar follows on from the CASCO Workshop on conformity assessment and digitalization, held as part of the 37th CASCO Plenary in April 2023 however attendance at the April workshop is not a prerequisite to attending this webinar.

Click here to find out more about the event and to register.

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Tutorial on the ITU Testing Laboratories Recognition Procedure

If you missed the ITU Tutorial that included a presentation by Erik Øhlenschlæger​, ILAC AIC Chair, the background information and recording is now available here

 

This tutorial provides guidance for all stakeholders on the Testing Laboratories recognition procedure established by ITU, its benefits and the logistical details required for submitting an application for ITU recognition of a testing laboratory competent to test according to ITU-T Recommendations, in collaboration with existing accreditation bodies.

 

The ITU-T Guideline on Testing Laboratory Recognition procedure defines recognition criteria for TLs from laboratories that are accredited by an Accreditation Body (AB) that is a signatory to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) for testing where the scope of accreditation contains ITU-T Recommendation(s).

 

ILAC published the ILAC Assessment Procedure in the field of Telecommunications​. This document was created in the framework of cooperation established under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), IAF and ILAC.

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New episode of Accreditation Matters Podcast Out Now!

IAF and ILAC have released the fifth episode of our podcast, Accreditation Matters, which features discussions on Accreditation’s Vital Role in Shaping the Future of Sustainability.

In this episode, IAF Chair Emanuele Riva (Accredia) interviews the IAF Sustainability WG Co-convener Cesare Saccani (President of Diligentia Association) on how accreditation bodies support the credibility and reliability of sustainability claims in various sectors, including finance, public procurement, and international trade. The podcast also highlights the convergence of regulatory frameworks worldwide, emphasizing the need for a common standard to evaluate sustainability claims accurately.

Listen to the episode now on SpotifyApple PodcastGoogle Podcasts or Amazon Music, or watch it on YouTube.

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