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ILAC News - Issue 45, 16 04 2014

FROM THE CHAIR

Chair's Message by Peter Unger
In response to the recommendation of the ILAC Laboratory Committee, the ILAC General Assembly members voted overwhelmingly to initiate a new work item proposal (NWIP) to revise ISO/IEC 17025:2005. The Executive Committee with the critical support of the Secretariat is expected to complete the task shortly after its mid-year meeting. The NWIP would then be considered for adoption by the ISO Conformity Assessment Policy Committee (CASCO) up to a year before ISO/IEC 17025 would be due for review in 2015. Read more...

FROM THE ARCHIVES

The first ILAC Conference in 1977
The Co-Founders of ILAC Howard I. Forman and Per Lund Thoft in action at the first ILAC conference held in Copenhagen in 1977. Read more...

FROM THE SECRETARIAT

ILAC Secretariat Update by Annette Dever, ILAC Secretary

  • World Accreditation Day
  • The ILAC Arrangement
  • New ILAC website
  • ILAC publications
  • ILAC Meetings
  • ILAC Membership
  • ILAC Executive
  • ILAC Liaisons
  • ILAC Secretariat
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COMMITEE

ILAC MCC and IAF CMC
Committee Meetings in Kyoto by Yoshinobu Uematsu, JAB
The ILAC Marketing and Communications Committee (MCC), IAF Communications Marketing Committee (CMC) and Joint Communication meetings were recently held in Kyoto, Japan over three days from 5-7 February 2014 hosted by IAJapan and JAB.

The participating organizations were ACCREDIA, ACLASS/ANAB, A2LA, CNAS, DANAK, IIOC, ILAC, JIPDEC, KAB, NATA, PAC, TAF, UKAS, IA Japan, and JAB. Read more...

 

REGIONAL COORPERATIONS

(Peer Evaluators at the opening meeting of the KENAS Pre-Peer Evaluation)


(APLAC General Assembly, Da Nang, Vietman - September 2013)

AFRAC
AFRAC First Peer Evaluations
Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS) Pre-Peer Evaluation: 26–30 AUGUST 2013 Tunisia Accreditation Council (TUNAC) Peer Evaluation: 12–16 DECEMBER 2013 Egyptian Accreditaiton Council (EGAC) Peer Evaluation: 1–6 FEBRUARY 2014 AFRAC’s Planned Pre & Peer Evaluations for 2014 Read more...

APLAC by Michael and Janet
APLAC Membership
APLAC 2013 GA Week
APLAC General Assembly 2014
Training Courses
APLAC and ILAC
APLAC/APMP MoU
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ARAC
October 2013-March 2014
ARAC membership in IAF
Technical Cooperation
ARAC MLA Regional Workshop
Third ARAC MLA Committee Meeting
ARAC Peer Evaluations
ARAC Trainee Peer Evaluator at the Peer Evaluation of TUNAC by EA ILAC/AF General Assemblies and meetings in Seoul ARAC AB members accredited laboratories at the APLAC PT Programme Solar Heating Arab Marketing and Certification Initiative "SCHAMCI" system Upcoming Meetings Information and Publications

(ARAC- APLAC MoU Signing Ceremony) Read more...

IAAC
IAAC activities from August 2013 to March 2014 IAAC Membership IAAC MLA Signatories IAAC Re-evalation process by ILAC-IAF Extensions of the IAAC MLA Improvements to the IAAC MLA Process Training Activities Proficiency Testing Programs Technical Cooperation Projects Cooperation with International and Regional Organisations Next IAAC Meetings

(ONAC of Colombia signed the IAAC MLA for the scopes of Testing and Calibration laboratories, in Mexico City, on March 17, 2014. Ileana Martinez, IAAC Chair; Francisco Piedrahita, ONAC Executive Director and Alexander Pineda, IAAC MLA Committee Chair) Read more...

 

INTERNATIONAL UPDATES

BIPM - World Metrology Day
Measurements and the global energy challenge by Andy Henson, Director, International Liaison & Communication Department We are pleased to announce that the 2014 World Metrology Day Web Site is now live: Read more...

ISO/CASCO Update
by Laurent Charlet, ISO/CASCO secretariat Like in the previous years, the work of the ISO committee on conformity assessment (CASCO) was intensive in 2013. Five international standards and technical specifications were published, including 2 new parts to ISO/IEC 17021 (requirements for certification bodies doing audit of management systems) on competence requirements for auditors in event sustainability and quality managements systems. Read more...

WADA
Renewal of MoU between ILAC and WADA Ten years of successful cooperation between the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was reconfirmed at the IV World Conference on Doping in Sport held on 12-15 November 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa by renewing the MoU. Read more...

 

ACCREDITATION UPDATES

(The purpose of energy management systems is to save energy. Photo: Mikael Ljungström)


(A visit by KAN Chairman to a testing Laboratory for natural gases - 1 April 2013)

SWEDAC Informs India About Energy Efficiency Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (SWEDAC) Swedac in India to Inform about energy efficiency: Swedac participated at a conference in India to inform about energy efficiency together with the Swedish Energy Agency and SP (Technical Institute of Sweden). Swedac was represented by Elisabeth Leu. A delegation from the Swedish Energy Agency, SP and Swedac visited Hyderabad in India to participate in the conference “Energy Efficiency Summit”. Swedac leads a multimillion project in the Agadir region sponsored by Sida: Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) has decided to give Swedac the mission to lead a four-year long technical assistance project in the Agadir region. The aim is to enhance the free trade within the region and globally. Read more...

KAN Accreditation to Support Energy Management National Accreditation Body of Indonesia (KAN) Industrial development has had an important role in the economic growth of Indonesia. This sector consumes the largest portion of energy, e.g. in 2011 it was about 37.7%, followed by transportation 33.3% and household 10.2% of 836 barrel of oil equivalent in total. On the other hand, the energy supply mostly (about 95% in the same year) comes from fossil fuel sources, including oil, natural gas and coal, thus producing significant greenhouse gases. Read more...

The Importance of Energy Accreditation - KENAS Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS) In the global economic sphere, energy is considered as one of the key driver of economic growth and development. More so in Kenya, the number of businesses and residents dependent on energy have doubled since the year 2007. As the energy demand grows, calls for more methods for harnessing, storing and sharing energy have been encouraged. Nonetheless, this has not shifted the attention from the need to ensure that all Kenyans have access to energy that is clean, and environmentally sustainable. This calls for accreditation of laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies to drive improvements and efficiency in the energy sector. Read more...

Development of Accreditation in the Gulf Region GCC Accreditation Centre (GAC) Update Organisation of the regional GCC conference on Accreditation and Laboratory Proficiency GAC organises a special training program and a regional workshop on Proficiency testing GAC organises free training on accreditation requirements Creation of the GCC Laboratories cooperation GULFLAB GAC cross frontier cooperation with accreditation bodies from exporting economies to GCC region GAC grants firtst accreditation in the frame of the GCC Toys Regulations and to Private laboratories in the member countries Read more...

Accreditation in Albania Is Moving Forward Directorate of Accreditation (DA) Accreditation Activities in Albania by Majlinda Xhema, Development Department DA pointed positive index on number of accreditations and applications.
DA holds a sucessful event for all accredited organisations DA round up in training for Proficiency Testing the testing laboratories and technical expert Read more...

PCA Poland Sampling Seminar
News from Polish Centre for Accreditation (PCA) More than 350 participants attended the seminar on sampling organized by Polish Centre for Accreditation on the first day of 16th International Trade Fair of Analytical, Measurement and Control Technology (Warsaw, 12-14 March 2014).

"The matter that we are going to present today has been intensively discussed for a long time, both within the European Union and at the forums provided by worldwide organizations associating national accreditation bodies: ILAC and IAF” – said Lucyna Olborska, Deputy Director of Polish Centre for Accreditation, in her address opening the seminar entitled: “Sampling in the activity of the accredited conformity assessment bodies”. Read more...

News from DAC Dubai
Dubai Accreditation Department (DAC)
Dubai Accreditation Department hosted the 3rd meetings of Halal Accreditation Committee of SMIIC DAC arranged symposium on Halal accreditation TSE delegation visited Dubai Accreditation Department DAC arranged open house meetings for medical laboratories and inspection bodies DAC conducted various training courses for conformity assessment bodies DAC arranged 3rd brainstorming session (SMIIC meetings in Dubai) Read more...

Better Accreditation Facility Needed to Boost Export - BAB News from Bangladesh Accreditation Body (BAB) Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu stressed the need for maintaining the quality of the country's export products in the international market and government is taking the issue seriously and trying to facilitate trade. He said that the industries ministry is helping to get the Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB) more global foothold by having the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) membership of International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.

(Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Board member of BAB Md Liaquat Ali, BAB Director General Md. Abu Abdullah, DCCI President Mohammad Shahjahan Khan and Business Initiative Leading Development Chairman Asif Ibrahim are showing BAB Published Accreditation Handbook at the DCCI auditorium.) Read more...

Research by CNAS China
CNAS’ research on accreditation of pressure vessel failure analysis inspection bodies CNAS has conducted a series of research on the accreditation of failure analysis bodies. CNAS is going to issue Guidance on Accreditation of Pressure Vessel Failure Analysis Bodies and Guidance on the Application of Inspection Body Competence Accreditation Criteria in the Field of Pressure Vessel Failure Analysis. Read more...

IA Japan “Economic Benefit of Accreditation” Seminar held at METI On February 10th, 2014, Mr. Jon Murthy, Marketing Communication Manager at UKAS and Chair of ILAC Marketing and Communications Committee (MCC) & IAF Communications Marketing Committee (CMC) spoke in Tokyo for the seminar titled “Economic Benefit of Accreditation” hosted by Japan Accreditation Council (JAC) at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

(Mr. Jon Murthy, Marketing Communication Manager, UKAS and Chair of ILAC MCC & IAF CMC spoke at the seminar) Read more...

Expansion and Strengthening of OAA Argentina News from Argentina Accreditation Organisation (OAA) In 2013, the OAA has extended its scope of recognition in the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) and ILAC. Since last August, it is signatory to the IAAC MLA for the scope of Inspection Bodies and subsequently obtained the corresponding ILAC MRA recognition. Read more...

News from South Africa - SANAS
South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) SANAS launched new accreditation programme (by Mr Tumelo Ledimo, Project Manager) Status of Measurement and Verification (M & V) in South Africa SANAS accredits South Africa's first Occupational Hygiene Approved Inspection Authority Read more...

TAF Accredited Civil Engineering Laboratories Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF) by Wei Huang Recently, TAF enhanced collaboration with the Third District Maintenance Construction Office, Ministry of Transportation and Communications. The quality of public construction requires the combined effort from regulator, construction contractor and civil engineering testing laboratory. Over the past few years, TAF advocated this concept which has come to receive recognition by the general public as well as regulatory authority. Regulator and construction contractor together decided the quality of the public construction upon its onset. As the check point, civil engineering testing laboratories merely provide the assurance. Placing emphasis on the regulation of civil engineering testing laboratories alone cannot effectively improve the quality of resulting construction. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the control of the quality of material and construction in the system. Read more...

Future of the Global Accreditation System - UKAS News from United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) Accreditation is used worldwide. In most developed economies there is a body similar to UKAS. UKAS is the UK signatory to European and international agreements that recognise equivalence of results provided by accredited organisations in other signatory countries. These agreements facilitate the removal of technical barriers to trade, enabling goods to move freely in international markets. It is important for goods and services tested in or provided from the UK to be accepted worldwide without the need for additional evaluation and, increasingly, accreditation is the means chosen to achieve this. Read more...

News from ACCREDIA
THE ROLE OF ACCREDITATION FOR PROMOTION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN BUILDINGS ACCREDIA signed an agreement with ITACA, the Institute for innovation and transparency of tenders and environmental compatibility, for the promotion of certifications issued under accreditation in support of regional policies for the environmental sustainability of buildings. Read more...

 

STAKEHOLDER UPDATES

Eurachem Workshop on Quality in Analytical Measurements The Eurachem is organising an international workshop on “Quality in Analytical Measurements” to be held in Lisbon on Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 May 2014. This workshop will cover the most challenging technical details of the analytical process, including the chemical description of the analytical problem, producing measurements with adequate traceability and uncertainty, interpreting results based on objective evidence and reporting results to the client. The workshop will include invited lectures, short communications, poster sessions and breakout sessions. This event will also celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Eurachem. Read more...



 

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