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Membership change – MLSCN

The MLSCN Accreditation Service, Nigeria, is welcomed as an Associate Member of ILAC.  MLSCN has been an Affiliate member since 2 November 2014.

We welcome MLSCN as an Associate Member and look forward to continuing working with our MLSCN colleagues.

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JCTLM workshop: Global challenges in standardization of clinical laboratory testing

The JCTLM is holding its biennial meeting and associated workshop virtually from 6 – 10 December 2021. The topic for the workshop this year is: Overcoming challenges to global standardization of clinical laboratory testing: reference materials and regulations

The workshop will be held as two 2-hour discussion sessions on three separate topics and ending with a final combined session to develop workshop recommendations. The session titles are:

Session 1: What are the needs and logistical challenges for standardized results?

Session 2: What are the challenges for CRM producers?

Session 3: What are the challenges to meet regulatory requirements in different countries or regions?

The address for the workshop website is: https://www.bipm.org/en/committees/jc/jctlm/wg/jctlm/2021-12-06 and includes details on the topics within each session, the times for the sessions and the link for registration.

The comparability and reliability of results, as well as the availability of improved traceability and calibration hierarchies are key issues in the accreditation of medical testing laboratories. Accreditation body staff and associated stakeholders are welcome to register and attend this JCTLM workshop.

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Signatory status – DANAK

The signatory status of Danish Accreditation Fund, Denmark, to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include the accreditation of RMP using ISO 17034.

The full list of signatories to the ILAC MRA is available from https://ilac.org/signatory-search/ .

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Use of Remote Techniques Supported by IAF/ILAC/ISO survey

A joint IAF/ILAC/ISO survey on the use of remote assessment techniques has shown that a large majority prefer remote or blended audits, assessments and/or evaluations. Furthermore, respondents felt that remote activities provide as much confidence as on-site activities and would like to see continued or an increased use of remote activities in the future. A cross-section of the conformity assessment community were invited to participate and over 4000 surveys were returned!

There are many benefits to remote working including, reduced travel time and costs, efficient use of time during assessment, and a reduced carbon footprint. In addition to providing a snapshot of attitudes towards the use of remote techniques, the survey received hundreds of suggestions, ideas and proposals from users, CABs, auditors and assessors.

With this in mind ILAC will work alongside IAF and ISO and consider next steps in order to incorporate the outcomes in the relevant documents and processes as appropriate, and support our members.

For more information:

Full article

Survey Report

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Signatory status – Standards Malaysia

The signatory status of Department of Standards Malaysia, Malaysia, to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include the accreditation of PTP using ISO/IEC 17043.

The full list of signatories to the ILAC MRA is available from https://ilac.org/signatory-search/ .

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OECD publish Compendium of International Organisations’ (IO) Practices

Etty Feller, ILAC Chair and Xiao Jianhua, IAF Chair participated in an online launch of this IO Compendium as part of the OECD 8th Annual Meeting of International Organizations held recently.

ILAC and IAF have contributed to the development of this IO Compendium over several years along with more than 50 other IOs, including many involved in the international quality infrastructure community. The IOs represent a broad cross-section of international organisations with different mandates, memberships and international frameworks.

The objective of the IO Compendium is to learn from the experiences of these IOs to improve international rulemaking for all involved in these processes. A brochure on the compendium outlining the objectives, the process and the outcomes, as well as the compendium documents are available from https://www.oecd.org/governance/better-international-rulemaking/compendium/

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Signatory status – AOSC

The signatory status of Accreditation Office for Standards Conformity Assessment Capacity (AOSC), Vietnam, to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include the accreditation of Medical Testing  using ISO 15189.

The full list of signatories to the ILAC MRA is available from https://ilac.org/signatory-search/ .

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Signatory status – CGCRE

The signatory status of Coordenação Geral de Acreditação General Coordination for Accreditation (CGCRE), Brazil, to the ILAC MRA has been extended to include the accreditation of Reference Material Producers using ISO 17034.

The full list of signatories to the ILAC MRA is available from https://ilac.org/signatory-search/ .

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Membership change – SAC (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Accreditation Center (SAC) is now a Full Member of ILAC. 

SAC has become a signatory to the ILAC MRA for testing (ISO/IEC 17025), calibration (ISO/IEC 17025) and inspection (ISO/IEC 17020).  SAC originally joined ILAC as an Affiliate member on 22 December 2006, then became Associate on 26 July 2021, and we are now pleased to welcome SAC as a Full Member of ILAC.

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

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Signatory Status – Cofrac

The signatory status of Comite Francais d’Accreditation (Cofrac), France, has been extended to include RMP (ISO 17034).

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

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