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USCPSC Final Rule for Children’s Folding Chairs & Stools

The USCPSC issued a final rule on 15 December 2017 regarding new safety standards for children’s folding chairs and stools. The rule at 16 CFR Part 1232 incorporates by reference, ASTM F2613-17a (Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Children’s Chairs and Stools). Further information regarding the final rule is available here.  This final rule will be […]

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Joint ISO and ILAC 17025:2017 Transition Communiqué Published

ISO and ILAC have issued a joint communiqué that re-confirms that a three-year transition period will be allowed for accredited laboratories to transition to the 2017 version of ISO/IEC 17025. While both the 2005 and 2017 versions of ISO/IEC 17025 will remain valid during the three-year transition period, accreditations to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 will be invalid from […]

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ILAC Welcomes NiNAS

Nigeria National Accreditation Service (NiNAS), Nigeria, is welcomed as an Affiliate member of ILAC. We welcome NiNAS and look forward to working with our NiNAS colleagues.

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UNIDO, ILAC & IAF MoU Reaffirmed

The UNIDO-ILAC-IAF MoU was reaffirmed during a signing ceremony held at the UNIDO offices on 24 November 2017 in Vienna, Austria. The MoU acknowledges the need to maintain strategic partnerships in the field of accreditation, as part of conformity assessment, in order to enhance the impact of industrial development on economic growth. Information on the […]

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ILAC Representation at UNECE WP6 Meeting

Jon Murthy, the ILAC and IAF Communications Chair, will be presenting at The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Party 6 on 30 November 2017. Working Party 6 works on Regulatory Cooperation & Standardization Policies to lower costs, facilitate trade & improve access to critical technologies, while protecting the health, safety of consumers, […]

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ARAC Now Recognised Under the ILAC MRA

The Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) is an association of national accreditation bodies (ABs). The accreditation bodies are officially recognised by their national governments to assess organisations that carry out conformity assessment services against international standards. ARAC is therefore one of the main pillars of the Pan Arab quality infrastructure system in supporting intra-regional trade and […]

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ISO/IEC 17011 2017 Transition Plan Published

In preparation for the publication of the revised ISO/IEC 17011 Conformity assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, the IAF and ILAC have developed a plan to ensure that all accreditation bodies that are signatories to the IAF MLA and ILAC MRA transition to ISO/IEC 17011:2017 three years from the date of publication […]

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2017 ILAC GA Resolutions

As part of the ILAC and IAF Annual Meetings held in Vancouver, Canada from the 21st – 30th of October 2017, the ILAC General Assembly was held on the 28th and 30th of October 2017. The adopted resolutions from the ILAC 2017 General Assembly are now available here.

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USCPSC Final Rule Regarding Childrens Toys Containing Phthalates

The USCPSC has issued a final rule prohibiting children’s toys and child care articles that contain concentrations of more than 0.1 percent on five phthalate chemicals, specifically diisononyl phthalate (DINP), diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP), di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP), and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP). The Congressional prohibition on three phthalate chemicals, specifically di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl […]

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SADCAS, Botswana – Signatory Status

The signatory status of Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS), Botswana, has been extended to include medical testing (ISO 15189) and inspection (ISO/IEC 17020). The full list of signatories to the ILAC MRA is available here.

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