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Accreditation supports organic production in Guatemala

Through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food, the Republic of Guatemala regulates the correct application of organic agriculture legislation, controls the certification bodies for certified organic operators and registers them, and provides third-party recognition that the Guatemalan organic exportable officer has met the required quality standards for each country and territory the products are marketed to. The main export markets for Guatemalan products are: the United States, Europe, and Japan, among others.

Mandatory compliance to a conformity assessment scheme, confirmed through accredited conformity assessment, ensures the traceability and differentiated value of the product and provides confidence for consumers, in the sense that the production system complies with the international requirements for organic classification.

In Guatemala, organic agriculture is an important industry, because it represents a more favourable price for the national producer, promotes connections among those involved and provides healthy food for people to consume. It is friendly to the environment by promoting conservation, appropriate use of natural resources and protection of biodiversity, helping to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

Currently there are 164 organic operators that include associations, federations, cooperatives and individual producers. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the growth is maintained at an average of 7% per year in production volume, already exceeding 200,000 hectares of arable land. Initially only coffee was offered as an organic product, however, market demand has diversified the Guatemalan organic exportable offer to the following products: cardamom, cacao, macadamia nuts, honey, lettuce, green beans, black tea, papaya, and broccoli, among others.

The mode of cultivation promotes connections between small producers, links more than 60,000 farmers,  and generates approximately 20,000 permanent jobs and more than 80,000 temporary or indirect jobs. The most important markets for the exports are the United States with 80%, the European Union with 15%, and Japan, Canada and Arab countries with 5%.

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Signatory Status – KCA

The signatory status of Kyrgyz Centre for Accreditation (KCA), Kyrgyz Republic, to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include Inspection (ISO/IEC 17020).

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

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Signatory name change – ENAO

Ethiopian National Accreditation Office ( ENAO), Ethiopia has changed its name to Ethiopia Accreditation Service (EAS) as of 28 March 2022.

We look forward to continuing working with our EAS colleagues

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Signatory status – BELAC

The signatory status of Belgian Accreditation Body (BELAC), Belgium, to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include RMP (ISO 17034).

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

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Signatory status – BATA

The signatory status of Institute for Accreditation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BATA), Bosnia and Herzegovina, to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include Medical Testing (ISO 15189).

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

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World Metrology Day 2022

The World Metrology Day project is realised jointly by the BIPM and the OIML and is celebrated on 20 May each year.

The theme for 2022 ‘Metrology in the Digital Era’ was chosen because digital technology is revolutionising our community, and is one of the most exciting trends in society today.

More widely metrology, the science of measurement, plays a central role in scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, in improving the quality of life and in protecting the global environment.

The 2022 World Metrology Day website is now live and can be accessed here. The website includes the Press Release, Directors’ Message and a promotional poster which is available in English and French.

Please feel free to access these materials and use them to support and promote the importance of metrology and World Metrology Day.

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ILAC welcomes VSACCC, LLC

The Limited Liability Company “Voluntary system of accreditation, certification and confirmation of compliance” (VSACCC, LLC), Russian Federation, is welcomed as an Associate member of ILAC.

We welcome VSACCC, LLC and look forward to working with our VSACCC, LLC colleagues.

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Signatory status – PJLA

The signatory status of Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc (PJLA), USA, 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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Laboratory Accreditation specified for Food Analyses

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending its regulations under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) to establish a program (LAAF) for the testing of food in certain circumstances by laboratories accredited by ILAC MRA signatories. This program will help FDA improve the safety of the U.S. food supply and protect U.S. consumers by ensuring certain food testing of importance to public health is conducted subject to appropriate oversight and in accordance with appropriate model standards to produce reliable and valid test results.

 

This program is relevant to accreditation bodies seeking recognition to accredit laboratories under this FDA rule, as well as laboratories seeking

accreditation to conduct food testing covered by the rule. The rule is effective 1 February 2022. Additional information on this rule as well as a list of FAQs is available from https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-modernization-act-fsma/fsma-final-rule-laboratory-accreditation-analyses-foods-laaf

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Signatory status – PCA

The signatory status of Polish Centre for Accreditation (PCA), Poland, to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include RMP (ISO 17034).

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

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