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UNECE Trade Recommendations Reference Accreditation

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:

  • 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 improve governance.
  • Promote the use of standards in the implementation of UN-wide goals, including the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sendai framework for action

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.

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ILAC Welcomes KAAS-PAI

Accreditation Affairs Section/Public Authority for Industry (KAAS-PAI), Kuwait, is welcomed as an Affiliate member of ILAC.

We welcome KAAS-PAI and look forward to working with our KAAS-PAI colleagues.

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NAH, Hungary – Signatory status

The signatory status of National Accreditation Authority (NAH), Hungary, has been extended to include inspection body accreditation using ISO/IEC 17020.

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

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ISO/IEC 17025 Communiqué 2017 Update

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.

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CIM Meeting 2017

 

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:

  • Improvement of measurement, analysis and testing processes and control risks
  • Following the evolution of techniques, advances in R&D and discovering industrial applications
  • Exploring the exhibition showcasing innovations and solutions

Registration and further information is available here.

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ILAC Newsletter – April 2017

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!

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ONARC, Cuba – Signatory Status

The signatory status of National Accreditation Body of Republica de Cuba (ONARC), Cuba, has been extended to include inspection body accreditation using ISO/IEC 17020.

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

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OSA, El Salvador – Signatory Status

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

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CPSC Revised Mandatory Standard for Toddler Beds

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”.

 

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USEPA Final Rule on Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

Only 7 July 2010, the United States Environmental Protective Agency (USEPA) signed the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act – Title VI to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has gone into effect since 22 May 2017. The law establishes limits for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products: hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard and particleboard.

It is designed to reduce exposures to formaldehyde, avoid harmful health effects and mirror standards previously established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for products sold, offered for sale, supplied, used or manufactured for sales in California.

Accreditation bodies (ABs) interested in participating in the EPA program must apply to EPA. For further information on the rule, including how ABs and third-party certifiers (TPCs) can participate in the TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certification program, please click here

Edit: on 2 September 2017, the EPA announced that they will publish a final rule in the Federal Register to extend the compliance dates under the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for the Composite Wood products rule. The final rule extends:

  • The December 12 2017 date for emission standards, record-keeping, and labeling provisions until December 12 2018
  • The December 12 2018 date for import certification provisions until March 22 2019
  • The December 12 2023 date for provisions applicable to producers of laminated products until March 22 2024

Note: Members are advised that the USEPA has determined that ABs which are not domestic entities, must provide the name and address of an Agent for Service located in the United States when applying for recognition by the EPA under this rule. An Agent for Service is an entity designated by an AB to receive legal documents on their behalf. Information on the US government regulation website indicates this service is available at a relatively low cost from private firms that specialise in this role. We also understand that import brokers may offer this service. In addition, ABs that are part of a foreign government or act on behalf of a foreign government may designate their US embassy or US consulate as their agent for service. ILAC and IAF have also received advice that the former ILAC Chair, Mr Peter Unger, is involved in a partnership known as IQEIS, that also provides this service and is able to act on behalf of multiple ABs.

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