Entidad Nacional de Acreditacion (ENAC), the accreditation body in Spain that is a signatory to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) has produced a video in Spanish to celebrate World Accreditation Day 2017 – “Delivering Confidence in Construction and the Built Environment”, located here.
ENAC has also provided an English translation of the video available here.
After on-going discussions with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), ILAC and IAF have managed to secure an update to the organisation’s trade recommendations to include references to national accreditation systems and the global arrangements. ILAC and IAF have actively participated in the UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation & Standardisation Policies which works to:
16 UNECE recommendations have been adopted to address standardisation and regulatory issues. They set out a good practice regarding regulatory cooperation, metrology, standards and norms, conformity assessment and market surveillance.
Further information regarding these recommendations is available here.
The Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communique on the Management System Requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, was first issued in 2005 and was recently updated in April 2017 to confirm that laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 operate a recognised quality management system.
More information is available here.
The 18th International Metrology Congress (CIM) will be taking place from the 19th to 21st of September 2017 in Paris, France. As usual, the annual meeting will discuss research & development as well as the best practices for measurement in the industry. Specifically, this year’s meeting will examine:
Registration and further information is available here.
The latest edition of the bi-annual ILAC Newsletter, Issue 51 – April 2017, has now been published. The newsletter includes international, regional and national updates on accreditation and conformity assessment from ILAC members and liaisons, as well as the ILAC Chair and Secretariat.
Subscribe to the ILAC Newsletter now for future updates!
The signatory status of Organismo Salvadoreño de Acreditación (OSA), El Salvador, has been extended to include the accreditation of calibration laboratories using ISO/IEC 17025.
The full list of signatories to the ILAC MRA is available from “here“
The CPSC issued a direct final rule – Revisions to the Safety Standard for Toddler Beds, on 22 February 2017. The rule at 16 CFR Part 1217 incorporates by reference, ASTM F1821-16, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Toddler Beds.
This rule will become effective from 6 June 2017, and will apply to all toddler beds manufactured on or after that date. More information regarding the final rule is available from here.
Please note it is not required that testing laboratories that were previously CPSC-accepted for 16 CFR Part 1217 to submit a new application with the Commission. Third-party testing laboratories that were not previously CPSC-accepted for this regulation should submit an application to “request an addition to scope” through the CPSC online application here. To be considered for CPSC-acceptance, the scope of accreditation must include a specific reference to “16 CFR Part 1217”.