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<!--:en-->Specifying Accreditation<!--:-->

A factsheet: Specifying accreditation in Regulation is now available.

This fact sheet sets out how to specify accredited laboratory and inspection body services to ensure the provision of reliable data and reports from competent facilities. It is available for distribution to regulators and specifiers to assist then in drafting regulations and specifications reliant on calibration, testing and inspection services

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<!--:en-->World Accreditation Day<!--:-->

June 9th, 2014 will mark World Accreditation Day. The focus this year is on the role accreditation plays in providing confidence in the provision of energy.

The day will be celebrated across the world. A joint statement from the Chairs of ILAC and IAF, as well as promotional materials, are available from World Acreditation 2014.

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<!--:en-->Application Fee Introduced <!--:-->

ILAC introduced an application fee on 1 January 2014. This AUD500.00 fee is applicable for all applications for membership received in accordance with ILAC Resolution GA 17.12

ILAC Resolution GA 17.12 is available from Resolutions of the Seventeenth ILAC General Assembly, 25 October 2013 (302.6 KB | 30.10.13)

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<!--:en-->ILAC MRA 2012 Report<!--:-->

This annual report is now available.

The Invalid download ID. provides information on the activities carried out as part of the peer evaluation process in 2012 to ensure that regulators and consumers of laboratory and inspection data are able to maintain confidence in the results produced under the ILAC MRA.

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<!--:en-->New Brochure Published<!--:-->

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This brochure describes the role of accreditation in supporting trade.

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<!--:en-->OAA Signatory Status<!--:-->

OAA Signatory Status Extended

The Signatory status of Organismo Argentino de Acreditación (OAA) to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include Inspection.

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<!--:en-->KCA signs ILAC MRA<!--:-->

At the ILAC Arrangement Council meeting on 23 October in Seoul, The Kyrgyz Center of Accreditation (KCA), The Kyrgyz Republic, became a signatory to the ILAC MRA.

After many years as an Affiliate member of ILAC, KCA became an Associate member of ILAC in February 2008. In September 2012 a full initial peer evaluation of KCA was carried out by an ILAC evaluation team.

KCA is congratulated on gaining signatory status to the ILAC MRA for testing (ISO/IEC 17025) and welcomed as a Full Member of ILAC.

We look forward to our continuing work with our colleagues from KCA.

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<!--:en-->ILAC Welcomes AoV<!--:-->

Accreditation of Vietnam Joint Stock Company (AoV) is welcomed as an Associate member of ILAC.

We welcome AoV and look forward to working with our AoV colleagues.

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<!--:en-->New United States CPSC Rules <!--:-->

New Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Rules on acceptance of testing laboratories and guidance related to phthalates.

To: CPSC-accepted testing laboratories, their accreditation bodies, and other parties interested in Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Acceptance of Testing Laboratories

On March 12, 2013 The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a final rule on Requirements Pertaining to Third Party

Conformity Assessment Bodies.

The rule established requirements pertaining to the third party conformity assessment bodies (laboratories) whose accreditations are accepted to test children’s products in support of the certification required by the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), as amended by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The final rule establishes the general requirements concerning third party conformity assessment bodies, such as the requirements and procedures for CPSC acceptance of the accreditation of a third party conformity assessment body, and it addresses adverse actions that may be imposed against CPSC-accepted third party conformity assessment bodies. The final rule also amends the audit requirements for third party conformity assessment bodies and amends the Commission’s regulation on inspections.

The rule is effective June 10, 2013.


Scott Heh, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 20850; 301-504-7646; email: sheh@cpsc.gov.

The rule covers many aspects of the CPSC program for the acceptance of third party testing laboratories and also establishes effective dates for required third party testing to support certifications of compliance to new standards, such as:

ASTM F963-11 Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Toy Safety

16 CFR part 1221, Safety Standard for Play Yards

16 CFR part 1224, Safety Standard for Portable Bedrails

Third-party testing is required to support a certification of compliance to the standards shown above for toys, play yards, and portable bedrails that are manufactured after June 10, 2013. These standards are added to the list of standards that already required third party testing.

The rule is designated 16 CFR part 1112 and is located at the following links:


and the pdf version http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-12/pdf/2013-04649.pdf

General information on CPSC Acceptance of Testing Laboratories is posted at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Business–Manufacturing/Lab-Accreditation/

Also, for your information

Section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), as amended by Public Law 112–28, provides that the prohibition on specified products containing phthalates does not apply to any component part of children’s toys or child care articles that is not accessible to a child through normal and reasonably foreseeable use and abuse of such product. In this document, CPSC issues guidance on inaccessible component parts in children’s toys or child care articles subject to section 108 of the CPSIA.

Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Phthalates; Final Guidance on Inaccessible Component Parts, 16 CFR Part 1199.

FINAL RULE at http://www.cpsc.gov/Regulations-Laws–Standards/Federal-Register-Notices/2013/Childrens-Toys-and-Child-Care-Articles-Containing-Phthalates-Final-Guidance-on-Inaccessible-Component-Parts-16-CFR-Part-1199-FINAL-RULE-February-14-2013/

And the pdf version at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-14/pdf/2013-03400.pdf

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