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WAD 2021 Accreditation: Supporting the implementation of the SDGs

WAD Poster

9 June 2021 marks World Accreditation Day – Accreditation: Supporting the implementation of the SDGs (#WAD2021).

WAD is a global initiative established by the IAF and ILAC to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme focuses on the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda and promoting the many ways in which accreditation can help meet these goals. Materials for supporting the promotion and celebration of this event including a poster, brochure and joint statement for your use, can be accessed here. Social media resources have also been made available for members and three videos focusing on people, planet and prosperity can be expected mid-May. 

In addition, the Public Sector Assurance and Business Benefits websites, which contain case studies, research and supporting materials demonstrating the benefits and value of accreditation, now feature an option for searching by SDG. We encourage members to visit these websites for additional materials to support their WAD activities.

Follow IAF (@IAF_Global) and ILAC (@ILAC_Official) on Twitter for the latest updates. If you are active on social media, use #WAD2021. 

Happy World Accreditation Day. 

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ILAC Newsletter Issue 59 – April 2021

The latest edition of the ILAC Newsletter, Issue 59 – April 2021, has now been published.

The newsletter provides international, regional and national updates on accreditation and conformity assessment from ILAC members and stakeholders, as well as from the ILAC Chair and the Secretariat.

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Revised ILAC G7 published

The latest version of ILAC-G7:04/2021 Accreditation Requirements and Operating Criteria for Horseracing Laboratories has been published and is available from https://ilac.org/publications-and-resources/ilac-guidance-series/

This publication is a revision of ILAC G7:02/2016 and takes into consideration the 2017 versions of ISO/IEC 17011 and ISO/IEC 17025 as well as applicability of the document to other animal racing sports. In addition, the language in relation to the use of mandatory requirements has been clarified for those cases where the users of the document have agreed to comply with ILAC G7 including any regulatory requirements that may be applied in an economy.

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Third ILAC-WADA Communiqué Published

The Third ILAC-WADA Communiqué issued with respect to the ILAC-WADA cooperation regarding the WADA anti-doping laboratories was published on 1 April 2021. The Communique is for the attention of all accreditation bodies involved in the accreditation of WADA anti-doping laboratories in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 and is available from https://ilac.org/about-ilac/partnerships/international-partners/wada/ under Communiqués.

WADA anti-doping laboratories are required to maintain dual accreditation by demonstrating compliance with two international standards, namely:
      i) ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories; and
      ii) WADA’s International Standard for Laboratories (ISL).

The ISL requires that the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation of WADA anti-doping laboratories be granted by accreditation bodies (ABs) that are signatories to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA), and this accreditation serves as the prerequisite for WADA’s laboratory accreditation.

This Third ILAC-WADA Communiqué provides comprehensive information on the roles and responsibilities, as agreed between ILAC and WADA, in regard to the sharing of information between WADA and any ILAC MRA Signatory AB that accredits an anti-doping laboratory.

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Signatory Status of NAAU, Ukraine Suspended

The signatory status of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine (NAAU) to the ILAC MRA for the accreditation of inspection bodies using ISO/IEC 17020 was suspended on 24 March 2021. This suspension for inspection to the ILAC MRA is a result of the suspension of NAAU from the EA MLA for inspection and in accordance with IAF/ILAC A2 Annex 7.

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Specifying accreditation for COVID-19 testing

ILAC has reviewed the factsheet published earlier this year on Specifying accreditation for COVID-19 testing to produce a more extensive brochure: Specifying Accreditation for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Testing. This brochure now not only addresses key points to be considered if immigration agencies and border force regulators are considering the inclusion of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing in traveller screening protocols, but also now addresses possible broader testing specifications to provide testing data to inform protocols for the on-going management of the pandemic. The brochure is available from https://ilac.org/publications-and-resources/ilac-promotional-brochures/ under Specifying Accreditation.

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Membership change – AERSSC

Accreditation Education Research & Scientific Services Centre Pvt. Ltd (AERSSC) is now a Full Member of ILAC. 

AERSSC has become a signatory to the ILAC MRA for testing (ISO/IEC 17025) and medical testing (ISO 15189).  AERSSC originally joined ILAC as an Affiliate member on 24 February 2012, then became Associate on 21 January 2017, and we are now pleased to welcome AERSSC as a Full Member of ILAC.

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

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WAD 2021 Poster and Video Contests

IAF and ILAC are holding contests to develop the official poster and video for World Accreditation Day 2021 (#WAD2021).

This year’s theme is Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

WAD is celebrated each year on June 9th by IAF, ILAC, their members, partners and stakeholders in the conformity assessment community in acknowledgement of the benefits and value of accreditation. WAD 2021 will highlight how accreditation and accredited conformity assessment activities support the implementation of the SDGs, a series of 17 goals adopted by United Nations member states as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The contests will run from 18 February 2021 to 15 March 2021. Individuals or groups are eligible to submit up to three entries in each contest for consideration.

The winners of each contest will receive USD 1,500, while the two runners-up in each contest will receive USD 500.

Contest rules and guidelines for entry are available on the IAF website: https://www.iaf.nu/articles/Contests/679 and ILAC website: https://ilac.org/news-and-events/contest/.

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World Metrology Day: Measurement for health

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 2021: Measurement for Health was chosen to create awareness of the important role measurement plays in health,
and thus in the wellbeing of every one of us.

Indeed 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 2021 World Metrology Day Resource website is now available: https://www.worldmetrologyday.org/ and includes a Press Release, the Directors’ Message and the poster 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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Signatory Status – NAAU

The signatory status of National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine (NAAU), Ukraine, has been extended to include medical testing (ISO 15189).

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

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