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From the President’s Desk

From the President’s desk

Dear Members:

One of the current initiatives of our association is to establish partnerships with other International Organizations related to the laboratory industry, to jointly safeguard the interests of our associates in relevant international forums such as ILAC, ISO, IAF, and EA. In 2013, we devoted special efforts to strengthen our relationships with other organizations.

On the invitation of ARAC (Arab Accreditation Conference), on March 25 and 26, Jan Soers - Vice President, Luc Scholtis - Secretary General, and myself, as President of UILI, attended the International conference and General Assembly of ARAC held in Marrakesh. ARAC is new regional accreditation body which will serve fourteen (14) Arabic countries. At this meeting, we were witnesses to the signing ceremony of ARAC as a member of ILAC and also to MOUs signed with different organizations: UNIDO, AFRAC, and NCA. We had the opportunity to meet influential people with whom we can try to promote UILI.

Last April 9 in Woerdem, Holland, UILI signed an MOU with EUROLAB. A committee comprised of three Governing Board Members of UILI and three members from EUROLAB was formed to follow up and implement the objectives of the MOU. As a first example of collaboration, UILI has sent a letter to ILAC Laboratory Liaison Committee expressing their support for a EUROLAB proposal in relation to the document P10 about ILAC's policy on traceability of calibrations.

Likewise we have recently received a proposal by the CEOC (International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organizations) to sign a MOU; the Governing members of the Board of UILI are currently evaluating it to give a response.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Manahén Fernandez Alonso
13th UILI President

UILI Governing Board Meeting & General Assembly

UILI Governing Board Meeting & General Assembly

November 28 – 29, 2013 Majestic Hotel & Spa, Barcelona Spain

Wednesday November 27

  • Palau de la Música & Barcelona Ramblas Tour
  • Governing Board Dinner Rest. los Caracoles

Thursday November 28

  • 08h30 – 13h00 ILP meeting
  • 13h00 – 15h00 Lunch Rest. Mordisco
  • 15h00 – 16h30 EUROLAB-UILI Meeting
  • 16h30 – 18h30 UILI Governing Board Meeting
  • Gala Dinner Rest. Hofmann

Friday November 29

  • 09h00 – 11h00 UILI ILP Comitee and Junta Directiva AELI
  • 11h00 – 11h30 Cofee break
  • 11h30 – 13h30 UILI 25th General Assembly Meeting
  • 13h30 – 15h00 Lunc Rest. Tragaluz
  • Dinner Rest. ARAB", Michelin

Saturday November 30

  • Ampuries & Museu Dalí Tour

All UILI members are invited to attend the 25th General Assembly to held in Barcelona Spain on November 29 at 11.30h in the Majestic Hotel & Spa, Barcelona Spain. Members are kindly invited to pre-register here.

Pre-register here

 


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UILI Board Meeting on Skype, April 10 and 25, 2013

On April 10 and 25, 2013 at 12.00.00 hours GMT the UILI Governing Board had its spring Governing Board meeting on skype. The next meeting will be held in Barcelona Spain on Thursday November 28, 2013.

 


Inter Laboratory Practice

7th ILP (Inter Laboratory Practice)

  • Type of the program: Metals in drinking water and saline water
  • Sample 1: 'Metals in drinking water”
    Sample 2: “Metals in saline water”
    (Salinity: 30-40 ‰ seawater composition)
  • Target compound: 10 metals (Cd, Cr, Mn, Pb, Cu, Ni, Zn, Hg, As, Sb)
  • Deadline of application : January 31, 2013
  • Sample distribution: mid-February 2013.
  • Reporting deadline: 7 April 2013.
  • Issue of final report: September, 2013
  • Participation fee:
    UILI Member : € 200.00
    UILI Non-Member : € 300.00
  • Method of participation
    Send E-mail to Ms. Francine Fortier (UILI secretary)
    E-mail: uili@magma.ca or register on the UILI website www.uili.org

 

 


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AELI fights unfair competition by AENOR Laboratorio

Governing Board Dr. J. Oliver-Rodés

Barcelona, Spain

Dear all,

As you know the complex economic situation in Spain continues on the same line and will remain still for one or more years or even will tend to get worse. Within this background the Association has maintained the number of partners and has been also focusing on the main activities.

To complain the main objective of the Spanish Association in the defence of competition our actions where focus to have contacts with the Ministries of Economy, Finance and Industry to show to the new government the plight of unfair competition the industry is enduring, generated by some Technological Centres or other public subsidized organizations and requesting legislation applies today.

We have worked on two specific lines:

First against Aenor Laboratory, in which we have urged the Government to enforce the report of the National Competition Commission, government agency which ensures free competition in Spain issued in July 2010 a “REPORT ON THE CERTIFICATION OF QUALITY AND SAFETY” in which it recommends Public Administrations to introduce the legislative necessary regulatory changes allowing inter alias:

"To separate legal, accounting and functional activities of standardization and certification of the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (AENOR)

Second to apply the law 14/2011 which regulates the Technology Centers:

Having received as an answer on one hand that there is no budget to develop the law 14/2011 and respect to Aenor that there is by the Department concerned to fix it is willing to do it, but having spent six months without any concreteness, in the next Assembly on 18 agreed to initiate proceedings in the European Union seeking their protection and demand that the Government of Spain to apply the actual law.

In addition we are working on updating the statutes of the Association. Our goal is to sign the new constitution at a Special Assembly to be convened in September in Barcelona.

Best regards,

Jordi Oliver-Rodés
President of AELI


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CCIL fights unfair competition by New Brunswick Ministry of the Environment (BC MOE) and Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC)

Governing Board G. G. McIntee

Since our last meeting, CCIL held the following meetings:

  • October 2012 meeting - Edmonton Alberta
  • February 2013 meeting - Las Vegas, Nevada USA.
  • April 28 – 29, 2013 - Toronto Ontario
  • July 2013 Annual General Meeting – Calgary Alberta

Our next meetings will be held

  • October 2013 – Vancouver BC

CCIL has been extremely busy with the review and updating of its By-laws to ensure that we are in compliance with a new Act, which will ensure that all non-profit organizations apply for articles of continuance by the end of 2014. It is CCIL’s intention to present its revised By-Laws to its membership for ratification and approval, at its July 2013 AGM, way in advance of the Government’s deadline date of 2014.
Two important files saw CCIL commission two studies:

  1. Risk Assessment on proposed Financial Guarantees by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) – resulted in proving that CNSC’s proposal was unreasonable.
  2. Study to compare nPB and Trichloroethylene – inconclusive to date but ongoing. This study was undertaken as a result of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) mandating the use of nPB on their contracts. The CCIL position is to leave the decision to the individual labs as to which solvent to use.

CCIL is also facing other issues which could adversely affect our members if they were allowed to move forward:

  1. Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) – new plan Administrative Money Penalty (AMP)
  2. The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) - Warranty Based Contracts
  3. British Columbia Ministry of Transportation (BC MOT) - P3 Contracts
  4. Ontario Ministry of the Environment (OME) - excessive fines levied against members
  5. Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) – unfair competition
  6. New Brunswick Ministry of the Environment (BC MOE) - unfair competition

CCIL Executive Administrator, Derwyn Reuber, attended a fall American Concrete Institute (ACI) Meeting and participated in a panel discussion.

Derwyn Reuber also represented both CCIL and UILI at ACIL’s October 2012 meeting at which time he presented on behalf of CCIL and UILI, a certificate congratulating them on the occasion of their 75th anniversary.

Respectfully Submitted
Gilbert G. McIntee


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The Society for Remediation of Radioactive Contamination in the Environment (SRRCE)

Governing board Dr. H. Tabata

Outline
A year has passed since we first reported on SRRCE at the Skype meeting in 2012. Objecting to deal with radioactive contamination problem to the surrounding environment caused by the nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima Pref., SRRCE has been active since its establishment on November 2011. Dr. Tabata is now involved to the association as Vice President since November last year.

Activities since April 2012
1 Lectures
1.1 The 2nd SRRCE Symposium - 5 March 2012, Science Museum, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

  • 6 lectures mainly field reports, and free discussion;
  • Exhibition of Personal Protective Equipments;
  • 231 participated.

1.2 The 3rd SRRCE Symposium - 7 September 2012, Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex, Chiba Pref.

  • 6 lectures on monitoring and measurement for decontamination;
  • 144 participated.

1.3 The 4th SRRCE Symposium - 27 November 2012, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Shinagawa-ku Tokyo

  • Held in the same day of the 2nd SRRCE General Assembly;
  • 4 lectures and panel discussion on contaminated waste;
  • 222 participated.

1.4 The 5th SRRCE Symposium - 12 March 2013, Science Museum, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

  • 7 lectures on decontamination issues considering society and economics;
  • 150 participants.

1.5 The 6th SRRCE Symposium - 6 September 2013, Makuhari Messe International

  • Convention Complex, Chiba Pref.
  • Planning to have lecture on measurement and monitoring for decontamination.

2 Annual Meeting

  • Held from 5 to 7 June 2013 at Tower Hall Funabori, Edogawa-ku Tokyo, following the meeting held in Fukushima Pref. last year;
  • 5 and 6 June 2013 - Oral and Paper Presentation;
  • 7 June 2013 - Planning an International Symposium co-hosting with Ministry of the Environment, Japan.

3 General Assembly

  • The 2nd SRRCE General Assembly was held on 27 November 2012 at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Shinagawa-ku Tokyo;
  • report for FY2012 and Business Plan for FY2013 had been approved;
  • Got approval of applying incorporated association status.

4 Others

  • Membership as of 18 March 2013 is, 273 individual members, 76 corporate members, and 3 association members;
  • SRRCE is now preparing for English website.

JEMCA continues Proficiency Testing (PT)

Proficiency Testing (PT) – Background and list of past & future projects
Since 1999, JEMCA has been proving PT program cohosting with JEC, and from the year of 2006, we restarted as the only host to the program. The 66th test has been under implementation. The appendix shows past and ongoing tests implemented by JEMCA Read More

Summary of Implementation Status of CEM Test
Number of applicants, candidates, passed candidates and passed rate of CEM Tests implemented during last five years from FY2007 to FY2012 are shown on table next page (as of 1 August 2013). Read More



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Portugal Country Report RELACRE ‐ Activities 2012

RELACRE

1. INTRODUCTION
In the following report, we will try to give a general overview of our activities in 2012,
including:

  • Main activities in the areas of technical support to our members:
    Training, Proficiency Testing, Technical Assessment, Audits and Technical Committees.
  • Work developed in Events: National and International.
  • Personnel Certification Body area: NDT Technicians, Water Sampling Technicians and
    Food Safety Technicians.

2. SUPPORT ACTIVITIES FOR RELACRE MEMBERS

ACTIVITY AREA INDICATOR
Training Actions Total: 68
Hours Total: 1444,5
Trainees Total: 530
Proficiency Testings Test & Calibration Total: 75
Participants Total: 867

Technical Assessment & Audits

Technical Assessment Total:9
Audits Total:19
Technical Committees Meetings Total:24
Participants Total 159


3. EVENTS
National Events:
During 2012, we organized 12 events involving more than 500 participants in the following:

  • WORKSHOP “Environmental acoustics - Uncertainty estimation in environmental noise
    measurement.
  • WORKSHOP “Building Acoustics and Building Equipment Noise Control” - Testing and
    Uncertainty Estimation .
  • WORKSHOP “The importance of Accredited Laboratories and Inspection Bodies in Economic
    Activity - Current Status and Future Prospects”
  • DEBATE AND INFORMATION SESSION “Volumetric Equipment - Acquisition, Use and
    Maintenance”
  • WORKSHOP on BUILDING MATERIALS Area “Method validation in building materials testing”
  • DEBATE AND INFORMATION SESSION “EN ISO 19011:2011 – New guidelines for Auditing
    Management Systems - Internal and external Audits”
  • RELACRE - FELAB SIMPOSIUM " Globalization and Internationalization - Perspectives and
    Future Opportunities"
  • WORKSHOP "Evaluation of uncertainty in Water Sampling"
    5th NATIONAL SPMET MEETING “Measuring for Safety”

Participations:

  • 18th WCNDT - World Conference of Non Destructive Testing, in Durban, South Africa.
    From the 16th to the 20th of April, 2012.
  • Conference “UK Certification 2012”, organized by BINDT, in London, Luton, on the 20th
    and 21st of November, 2012.

Co-organization:

  • RELACRE - Association of Accredited Laboratories of Portugal and SPMet - Portuguese
    Society of Metrology, are organizing the TEMPMEKO 2013 - 12th edition of the
    International Symposium TEMPMEKO (International Symposium on Temperature
    and Thermal Measurements in Industry and Science) which will be held from the 14th
    to the 18th of October 2013, in Funchal, at Madeira Island.
  • We have proposed ourselves to organize the event ECNDT 2018, in cooperation with the
    “Lisboa Convention Bureau”.

4. PERSONNEL CERTIFICATION BODY
During 2012, our Personnel Certification Body, which is Accredited by IPAC (National
Accreditation Body), in accordance to NP EN ISO/IEC 17024 and notified by IPQ (National Quality Institute), for NDT certification, according to Directive 97/23/CE, and also recognized by EFNDT ("European Federation for Non Destructive Testing"), for certification of NDT technicians, through registration in MRA ("Multilateral Recognition Agreement"), developed it’s activity in the following scope:

  • Non Destructive Testing (NDT) Technicians;
  • Water Sampling Technicians;
  • Food Safety Technicians.

Respectfully Submitted Lisbon

António Baio Dias and José Carlos Roseiro
BoA Members


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UILI-EUROLAB Working Group

Vijzelmolenlaan 7 Woerden, The Netherlands on 08th April 2013 from 5.30 p.m. to approx. 6.20 p.m.

List of participants:

  • Mr. Jiří Sobola, EUROLAB President
  • Mr. Manfred Golze, EUROLAB Member of the Board,
  • Mr. Alvaro Silva Ribeiro, EUROLAB Member of the Board
  • Mr. José Luis Sánchez, EUROLAB Member of the Board
  • Ms. Dagmar Kotová, EUROLAB International Affairs Manager
  • Mr. Manahén Fernández, UILI President
  • Mr. Jan Soers, UILI Vice-President
  • Mr. Luc Scholtis, UILI Secretary General

Roll-call of attendants
Eurolab opened the meeting and asked all participants for their introduction.

Approval of the agenda
The draft Agenda was approved.

Governor of the group

  • It has been decided that the coordinator of the group will be Mr. José Luis Sánchez.
  • UILI stated that his aim is to develop wide cooperation between EUROLAB aisbl and UILI.
  • UILI added that one of the problems in the laboratory sector is a competition between public and private laboratories.
  • EUROLAB reacted that on other hand these two types of laboratories have a lot of common interests which they can resolve together.

Short presentation of EUROLAB and UILI
UILI will send information regarding UILI to the EUROLAB General Secretariat and vice versa.

Areas of interest

  • UILI raised a problem of “unfair” (opinion of private labs) competition among private and public laboratories.
  • EUROLAB explained it mainly focused on technical issues, where the division - private and public - does not really matter.
  • UILI noted that EUROLAB and UILI can cooperate on the technical issues, however for UILI is important both economic (private/public) as well as technical issues. In the future the mutual cooperation could be broadening.
  • EUROLAB concluded that at the moment EUROLAB and UILI agreed to cooperate on technical issues:
    - inform each other about association’s activities
    - regular consultations
    - coordinate participation at International and European level (ILAC etc.)
  • EUROLAB added that it is very important that the associations will exchange their reports from various meetings (viz annex EUROLAB galaxy).
  • EUROLAB stated that EUROLAB is strong in EA and UILI in ILAC and therefore we should cooperate and exchange information.
  • EUROLAB summarised that we should prepare general rules in order to plan exchange of information and possibility to issue common comments to documents. Additionally, we should upgrade Ibero-American Congress on the International level with support of both UILI and EUROLAB.
  • EUROLAB asked UILI representatives to support at the ILAC LC meeting EUROLAB comments on ILAC P10.
  • It was agreed that EUROLAB will write a EUROLAB position and send it to UILI for their consideration.

Next steps
EUROLAB General Secretariat will distribute report from the meeting to all participants. UILI will inform EUROLAB about their presence in various technical committees (viz annex EUROLAB Galaxy).

Next meeting
Barcelona, 28-29 November 2013 UILI General Assembly



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ILAC P10:XX/201X policy on the traceability of measurement results

ILAC P10 Revised Draft B4.0 - November 2012
To ensure confidence in the results of accredited laboratories, accreditation bodies implement ILAC policies and use guidance documents to assist in the uniform and harmonised approach of accreditation criteria. Metrological traceability of measurement results is a key topic for which a harmonised policy is needed if the market is to have confidence in calibrations, testing and inspections performed by accredited laboratories and inspection bodies covered by the ILAC Arrangement.

This document describes the ILAC policy with regard to the metrological traceability requirements from ISO/IEC 17025:2005 [2] and ISO 15189:2007 [3]. This policy may also be applied to other conformity assessment activities where testing and/or calibration is involved (e.g., inspection and product certification). For calibrations performed by a laboratory in order to establish metrological traceability for its own activities, and which are not a part of the laboratory’s scope of accreditation, the ILAC policy in paragraph 2 is applicable. Internal calibrations are also known as “In-house” calibrations.


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ILAC Secretariat

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Silverwater NSW 2128
Australia

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