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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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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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    The Walbrook AI Accord

    An article explaining the Walbrook AI Accord as presented at the April 2024  INetQI meeting: 

    A global initiative providing ways in which professionals and firms worldwide can respond to the ethical challenges of Artificial Intelligence 

    AI has the potential to affect society and individuals materially in both positive and negative ways. Without ethical guidelines and regulations in place, the misuse or mishandling of data can result in harm to individuals or groups. As AI becomes more advanced and widespread, there are growing concerns about issues such as bias, transparency, accountability, and safety.

    The Walbrook AI Accord has launched an initiative to develop ethical AI standards. Initially the standards are embodied in course for professionals working with AI. The Initiative has now moved to promote standards for firm-wide certification. The approach is international rather than national, and promotes the use of existing ISO standards rather than the creation of new ones.

    The Walbrook Accord serves as an invitation to collaborate on a voluntary and non-binding basis. It serves as a conduit to unify our collective endeavours and foster stronger connections over time. We are gratified by the support from ISO, IAF and other organisations. There is no set deadline for participation and we look forward to others joining. This initiative is inclusive and open to all.

    The primary focus of the Accord is to facilitate three tangible outcomes:

    • Advocating for the adoption of Quality Infrastructure for AI assurance;
    • Developing assurance standards and methodologies; and
    • Facilitating training and skill development for AI assurance professionals

    We hope that INetQI and its members will endorse this initiative and help propel it to the next phase, ultimately establishing a robust assurance framework for the ethical deployment of AI. This will enable enterprises to demonstrate that their AI systems are safe, compliant, and aligned with societal values.

    From the Lord mayor’s website:

    “We are promoting the use of ISO/IEC 42001:2023 Artificial Intelligence – Management System by firms. For comparison, this is an organisational certification similar to ISO 9000, ISO 14000, etc. At the TIC Summit 2024, being held on 14 May in Brussels, representatives of more than 25 nations’ quality infrastructure bodies will be signing the Walbrook AI QI Accord.”

    Matt Gantley’s responses to FAQs

    Can you please clarify how ILAC members can endorse the initiative?
    There is no limit – the Walbrook AI Accord is an invitation to collaborate

    Are the individual ILAC members able to sign the Walbrook AI Accord?
    Yes they can agree to support it individually. We would hope that ILAC can support it at an international level so that the initiatives and outcome of the Accord can be shared with all ILAC members. Especially for AI testing and training/skills development.

    If so, what is the mechanism, i.e. who do they need to contact to progress their endorsement of the Walbrook AI Accord?
    We haven’t agreed a process for lodging support – but for now if ILAC or any ILAC members email Matt Gantley or Hanane Taidi we will make sure they are included in all the communications and the first round of organisations expressing support.

    You can read more of the 695th Lord Mayor’s Ethical AI Initiative here:

    You can access the slide presentation from the recent INetQI meeting here: and the accompanying Agenda paper here:

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    ISO International Workshop on “Framework for Implementing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Principles”

    Following approval by the ISO Technical Management Board of the above referenced IWA proposal from the British Standards Institution (BSI), the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) and Standards Council of Canada (SCC), ISO is pleased to invite you to develop an International Workshop Agreement (IWA 48) Framework for Implementing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Principles.

    Briefing meetings will be held online in May, to outline purpose of IWA, introduce the initial draft and confirm IWA process. All registered participants will be advised of the dates in due course.

    A series of international workshops will take place between July and September 2024. The initial Workshop meeting dates are:

    Workshop 1 (virtual)
    • 8th July 2024, 11:00 – 14:30 UTC

    Workshop 2 (virtual)
    • 10th July 2024, 18:00 – 21:30 UTC

    These first two workshops will focus on the draft IWA 48 and stakeholder comments received.Stakeholders are requested to attend both workshops as these are not intended to be duplicate sessions.

    There will be further workshops in August and September on dates to be announced. Different time zones will be accommodated for these further workshops.

    Meeting credentials will be distributed to registered individuals near the date of the meetings. Please visit the ESG IWA registration page (which is being hosted by BSI) to register your interest and participate in the workshops and receive updates, including relevant research and documentation.

    An initial draft of the IWA will be shared for feedback to registered stakeholders by 1 May 2024 and details on how to submit comments will accompany the draft.

    Further information is available in the Summary Note and Proposal for an International Workshop Agreement. Click 2024-04-05 Circular letter TMB IWA 48 Framework for implementing ESG principles with Annexes for details.

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    TIC Council Update and Invitation to 2024 Summit on AI

    On 18 April, Ms Ileana Martinez, Trade and Accreditation Director of the TIC Council presented at the INetQI meeting. You can find a copy of her presentation Here TIC Council presentation – INetQI meeting

    “In closing Ileana mentioned the open session of the TIC Council Summit in May and requested the INetQI members to share the information on the Summit with their membership.

    Artificial Intelligence is transforming our lives. From optimising decision-making processes to enhancing productivity, the potential benefits are vast and undeniable.

    To fully grasp the implications of AI, we must consider not only its potential benefits but also the ethical and societal dilemmas it presents. Imagine a world where our every move is monitored, our decisions influenced, and our freedoms curtailed by algorithms. This dystopian scenario is not science fiction but a stark possibility if we fail to act responsibly and build appropriate guardrails.

    The TIC Summit 2024 will bring together global voices currently working on AI from academia, industry, and regulatory points of view to discuss what it takes to build trust in AI.

    Please note that the deadline to register is 1 May.

    For further enquiries, please contact the TIC Council Secretariat

    To access the full program and register for the Summit, click Here

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    ISTA 100th Anniversary Celebrations & Annual Meeting – July 2024

    2024 Annual Meeting of the International Seed Testing Association Set to Commemorate Centennial Milestone in Cambridge, UK

    Wallisellen, Switzerland – April 05, 2024 – The International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) is thrilled to announce that the highly anticipated 2024 Annual Meeting will be held in the historic city of Cambridge, UK, from July 1st to July 4th, at the Cambridge Union Society in Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This year’s gathering holds special significance as it coincides with the remarkable centennial anniversary of ISTA, marking a century of progress in seed quality assurance.

    ISTA, a globally renowned association dedicated to promoting uniformity in seed testing procedures and standards, has been at the forefront of fostering innovation and ensuring the quality and reliability of seeds worldwide since its inception in 1924. As it celebrates its hundredth year of advancing the science and practice of seed testing, the 2024 Annual Meeting promises to be an event of unparalleled significance and impact.

    Set against the backdrop of the illustrious University of Cambridge, this year’s meeting will bring together leading experts, researchers, industry professionals, and stakeholders from around the world. Attendees can expect a comprehensive program featuring insightful presentations, engaging meetings, and interactive discussions on the latest advancements, trends, and challenges in seed testing, quality assurance, and seed technology.

    In addition to the academic and professional sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the picturesque city of Cambridge, renowned for its historic architecture, cultural heritage, and world-class research institutions. The meeting venue, nestled amidst the stunning landscapes and iconic landmarks of Cambridge, will provide an inspiring setting for networking and fostering collaborations among participants.

    Registration for the 2024 Annual Meeting of ISTA is open, with early bird discounts available for a limited time, until 30 April 2024.

    For more information about the program, registration, venues and accommodations, please visit the official conference website at ISTA2024.

    Join us in Cambridge from July 1st to June 4th, 2024, as we commemorate a hundred years of excellence in seed testing and embark on a new era of innovation and collaboration in ensuring global food security and sustainability.

    To register click Here

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    OIML / BIML Notice of Webinar – 23 April

    The BIML is pleased to inform you that a series of webinars has been planned, organised by the OIML Digitalisation Task Group (OIML DTG).

    The first webinar in the series will be held on Tuesday, 23 April 2024 from 12:00 to 14:00 CEST (“Paris time”) on “The fundamentals of digitalisation in the quality infrastructure”.

    It will be based on the January 2024 OIML Bulletin article which reported on the Chiang Mai Seminar, and the main speaker will be Dr Sascha Eichstädt, Chair of the OIML DTG.

    The webinar will last approximately two hours and will include presentations followed by an open discussion session.

    Please distribute this information within your organisations. To pre-register for the webinar, please click Here

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    ILAC Chair presents at UNECE Forum

    On 4 April Etty Feller, ILAC Chair presented at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Party 6, Forum 3 on Digitalization of Quality Infrastructure Processes, looking at current trends in the use of technologies in accreditation, and challenges that these may cause.

    Background

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was set up in 1947. It is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations, and its major aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE includes 56 member States in Europe, North America and Asia. Over 70 international professional organizations and other non-governmental organizations also take part in UNECE activities.

    The Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP6) encourages increased regulatory coherence in specific sectors that have a critical impact on sustainable development and promotes greater resilience to natural and man-made hazards. WP6 also works to:

    • Promote the use of standards by policy-makers and businesses as a tool for reducing technical barriers to trade, promote increased resilience to disasters, foster innovation and good governance;
    • Advocate the use of standards in the implementation of UN-wide goals, including the implementation of the AGENDA 2030 and the Sendai framework for action.

    The project has already delivered a paper detailing how standardization and harmonization of regulations are necessary for the transition to a digital, green economy. More information about the WP.6 AI project is available here: https://unece.org/trade/wp6/digital-regulation-goods-artificial-intelligence

    The Forum

    WP6 hosted its Third Forum from 2 to 5 April 2024 focused on Green Digital Transformation including AI. Digital technologies are opening up new possibilities for economic development, policy implementation and the management of public services. They also offer the potential for an improved management of natural resources and facilitate the shift towards a circular economy by filling information gaps, increasing efficiency and making new forms of economic activity possible, including changes in production and consumption patterns.

    The Advisory Group on Market Surveillance (MARS) was established in 2003 to promote global trade and economic cooperation. It actively brings together member States to discuss best practice for countering sub-standard and counterfeit goods. It has developed comprehensive guidance and serves as a forum of best practice and development of recommendation guidelines. Market surveillance is a set of activities by designated authorities to ensure that products comply with mandatory requirements and do not endanger any aspect of public interest. This involves proper calibration of machinery and measurements (metrology) as well as actively engaging with other border control agencies such as customs.

    The conference looked at current trends in the use of technologies in quality infrastructure and challenges that this may cause. Market surveillance authorities, conformity assessment bodies, testing laboratories and standards development organizations were invited to attend the conference.

    Speakers

    • Ariel Ivanier, Market Access Section, UNECE Economic Development and Trade Division (Welcome and introduction)
    • Tauno Kangur, UNECE WP.6 (Moderator)

    Reducing carbon footprint

    • Chikako Makino, International Accreditation Forum (IAF)
    • Antoine Anney, Solutions to support authorities with Market Surveyance by COTECNA
    • Martin Michelot, Executive Director Europe, TIC Council

    Digitalization of quality infrastructure processes

    • Etty Feller, International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)
    • Dorina Nati, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
    • Ian Dunmill, International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML)
    • Vera Despotovic, Associate in the Market Inspection Sector to coordinate and improve inter-sectoral cooperation in market surveillance, Serbia

    Further information on the work of the UNECE and WP6 is available here

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    ILAC Chair attends WADA 25th Anniversary Symposium

    ILAC and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have a long-standing relationship spanning over 20 years.

    ILAC and WADA first signed an MoU in 2007, with the latest copy re-signed on 25 November 2021.

    WADA-ILAC Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) 2021

    Accreditation of anti-doping laboratories by an ILAC MRA signatory is a pre-requisite for WADA accreditation. ILAC and WADA work together to formally recognise the technical competence of the anti-doping laboratories, and this then leads to community confidence in laboratory outputs which are measurement results that are fit for their intended use.

    ILAC provides the professional knowledge in assessments, to ensure the professional competence of the testing laboratories for WADA. WADA is responsible for harmonisation between laboratories, training assessors and, as necessary, updating the requirements and binding documents.

    Key areas of the ILAC – WADA partnership are:

    • Exchange of information and expertise on accreditation of anti-doping laboratories;
    • Development of guidelines to harmonise and optimise the accreditation practices worldwide;
    • Mutual representation on selected committees and working groups;
    • Organisation of assessor training; and
    • Participation in each other’s annual and associated meetings, including the ILAC General Assembly and the WADA Foundation Board.

    Our complementary roles are essential in the fight against drugs in sport.

    ILAC Chair, Etty Feller attended WADA’s Annual Symposium & 25th Anniversary Celebrations in Lausanne, Switzerland on 12-13 March. She presented during the “Partnerships with International Organizations” session, and the subsequent Q&A, along with representatives from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA).

    “We strive to continue to lead together in accordance with ILAC’s Mission”, Ms Feller said.


    Pictured above are Victoria Ivanova Senior Manager, International Partnerships Science and Medicine Department WADA , Etty Feller, ILAC Chair and Prof Olivier Rabin, Senior Director Science and Medicine WADA.

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    IAF, ILAC and OIML Renew Tripartite MoU

    [28 February 2024] – The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), International Accreditation Forum (IAF), and International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) are pleased to announce the renewal of their tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was first signed on 28 October 2007. The latest version, signed on 08 February 2024, marks over 16 years of formalized cooperation between the three organizations, and re-confirms their commitment to close collaboration.

    Areas of collaboration include:

    • facilitating common approaches in the interpretation and implementation of standards,
    • harmonizing assessment procedures,
    • sharing interpretations of common issues relevant to conformity assessment bodies, and
    • establishing lists of and encouraging the use of legal metrology experts (LMEs) in accreditation and certification, and management system experts in OIML peer assessments.

    “I’m excited to announce the continuation of this partnership, which underscores our pivotal role of accreditation and legal metrology in facilitating trade, and providing confidence in conformity assessment results,” said Emanuele Riva, IAF Chair. “I look forward to continuing our collaboration as IAF and ILAC further evolve.”

    Etty Feller, ILAC Chair, noted that “ILAC, IAF and OIML have maintained a strong relationship for many years, demonstrating the importance of cooperation between our organizations. I am delighted to formalize our continued cooperation with the renewed MoU.”

    “I am pleased to see the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between ILAC, IAF, and OIML, marking over 16 years of fruitful collaboration,”said Dr Bobjoseph Mathew, CIML President. “This emphasises our joint commitment to enhancing the integrity of measurements and fostering consumer protection, industry standards, and global trade. The continued partnership highlights the vital role of accreditation and legal metrology in ensuring compliance and trust among trading partners. I look forward to further strengthening our cooperation, for the benefit of all those involved.”

    View the MOU here.

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