History of its foundation and development.

First period (1958-1997)

In 1958 Mr. Robert Dubois, French chemist, had the idea of organizing a meeting among the owners or management staff of independent analysis laboratories of the different countries in the EU.

After having several meetings with the Embassies and other organizations in Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy, Mr. Dubois finally summoned a first meeting that took place in the Maison de Chimie in Paris on 13 March 1959. 35 people representing these five countries, members of the EU at that time, attended the meeting.

Among the different issues discussed during that first meeting, the decision of setting up a group, which could be a valid representative to the authorities of the Common Market regarding the future decisions to be made and, which could be significant to our profession, is worth to be remarked.

The name of Union Internationale given to des Laboratoires Indépendants was proposed by a Dutch delegate. Mr. Dubois was appointed first Secretary-General. Both of them unanimously accepted. He officially informed the EU (being then M.F. Ortoli its Secretary-General) of the foundation of the U.I.L.I. and published the resolutions adopted in this meeting in the press on 13 March 1959.

Mr. Dubois also undertook negotiations to include other countries, which were non-members of the Common Market: Greece, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark and Ireland, but he did not succeed in this undertaking at that time.

However, the British eventually made contact and two delegates attended the second meeting of the U.I.L.I. that took place in Hamburg on September 1960. Nevertheless, it was not until 1961 that Mr. Dubois and Mr. Boddaert, during a visit to London, managed to obtain the acceptance to the British Association.

The first by-laws of the Union were discussed and passed in Hamburg during this second meeting on 2 September 1960.

Some time later the official document that certified the legal existence of the U.I.L.I. was granted. It is considered to be a Decree of the Ministry of the Interior of the FrenchRepublic dated on 15 June 1961.

The following general assemblies took place in the cities and dates indicated in Tabel 1 below:

NR.

YEAR

TOWN

COUNTRY

1

1959

Paris

France

2

1960

Hamburg

Germany

3

1963

Amsterdam

The Netherlands

4

1966

Leamington

United Kingdom

5

1969

Brussels

Belgium

6

1971

Tours

France

7

1973

Wiesbaden

Germany

8

1976

Maastricht

The Netherlands 

9

1978

Bath

United Kingdom 

10

1981

Barcelona

Spain

11

1984

Washington

U.S.A.

12

1987

Copenhagen

Denmark

13

1990

Rotterdam

The Netherlands

14

1993

Cambridge

United Kingdom

15

1995

Brussels

Belgium

16

1997

Madrid

Spain

During these 47 years since its foundation, the U.I.L.I. has been gradually increasing the number of laboratories, as well as the member countries.

This growth was obviously slow but steady. On the one hand, it reflects the need of setting up a strong group that could be taken into consideration by domestic and international organizations and on the other hand, the difficulty for the different countries and their laboratories to gather within the same body not having the same concerns, especially during the years of general economic recession.

The evolution of the associations and the laboratories, which are members of the U.I.L.I. are detailed in Table 2 as follows. This table summarizes the data that are found in the ten-listed directories published until 1997.

 

NR.

Year

National Associations

Other countries with affiliates

Total per country

Total  laboratory members

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1968

6

0

6

135

2

1971

7

2

9

137

3

1973

7

6

13

136

4

1975

7

9

16

143

5

1978

8

10

18

159

6

1980

8

11

19

163

7

1983

9

11

20

187

8

1987

8

13

21

467

9

1990

8

15

23

772

10

1997

7

15

22

656

However, In the last record of members there is a rather decrease in the number of laboratory members.

Throughout these years the activity of the U.I.L.I., besides the ordinary meetings of the Governing Board (two by year) to guaranty the good management of the Association, has been the organization of special sessions to discuss highly important issues for the independent laboratories.

The most significant papers and reports presented and discussed are listed below:   

YEAR

REUNION

REPORTERS

THEME

 

 

 

 

1971

 

Tours

6e. General Assembly

 

 

 

 

H. Boddaert

Price analysis

 

 

E. Liddiard

Retirement chemists

 

 

R. Goloubinow

Subcontracting

1973

 

Wiesbaden

7e General Assembly

 

 

 

 

W. Fresenius

Environment and Pollution

 

 

H. Boddaert

Legal liability

 

 

E. Liddiard

Taxes

1976

 

Maastricht

8e General Assembly

 

 

 

 

M. Oosting

 

 

 

E. Niël

Unfair competition by

 

 

 

P. Ledoux

state laboratories and

   

 

 

H. Hochschewender

University

 

 

J. Neale

 

 

 

B. Oliver

 

1978

 

Bath

9e General Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

E. Niël

Future development of UILI

1981

 

Barcelone

10e General Assembly

 

 

 

 

H. Jepsen

The future of UILI

 

 

7 reporters

 

 

Laboratory Accreditation

Analyses in the private

different countries

1981

 

Guernesey

Symposium

 

 

 

 

18 papers

(Members of ACS and UILI)

Advances in methods of physical-chemical

1984

 

Washington

11e General Assembly

 

 

 

 

B. Oliver

 

Enlargement. Opening to the West

 

 

H. Reuss

General Economics

 

 

J. Donaldson

 

ISO accreditation / certification

YEAR

REUNION

REPORTERS

THEME

 

 

 

 

1987

 

Copenhague

12e General Assembly

 

 

 

 

G. Berchtold

Licensing and accreditation

 

 

H. Bernth

of laboratories

 

 

W. Boyce

 

 

 

K. Albutt

Quality Management

 

 

D. Stanger

 

 

 

H. Hochschwender

The future of UILI

1988

 

Wiesbaden

Symposium

 

 

 

 

K. Albutt (UK)

 

 

 

R. Cienfuegos (E)

 

 

 

A. Bryden (F)

The Organization of the Future

 

 

 

 

J. Ware (ISO/CASCO)

Capacity Testing in Europe

 

 

J. MacMillan (CEE)

 

 

 

H. Bernth (DK)

 

 

 

J. Summerfield (UK)

 

1990

 

Rotterdam

13e General Assembly

 

 

 

 

E. Niël

 

 

 

Van Leemput

Laboratory Accreditation

 

 

 

G. Dijkstra

And other topics

 

 

N. Velthorst

 

1993

 

 

Cambridge

14e General Assembly and

International Symposium

 

 

 

 

J. McMillan

 

 

 

D. Stanger

 

 

 

B. Henderson

European legislation on

 

 

 

A. Bryden

Consultants and

 

 

 

G. Gagnon

Testing Laboratories

 

 

And 14 other reporters

 

So far I have only made but a brief overview of the principal issues presented and discussed within the U.I.L.I. in order to highlight the interest with which our Union has followed, and even in some case has been ahead, to the evolution of these issues, especially the accreditation of the public, private and independent Trial and Analysis Laboratories.
Other performance field has been especially developed by some members of U.I.L.I., among them, H. Hochschwender and above all by D. Stanger.

It deals with the active participation in ISO, ILAC, UNITED NATIONS, EUROLAB and EOTC. It is not necessary to insist on the extremely importance of making ourselves to be listened to at the different levels of these international organizations.
The publication and advertisement of our NEWSLETTER (as a rule two by year), backed by Hermann Hochschwender should be recalled.

Likewise, the general evolution of the economic and professional systems and, especially the changes in the internal structure of the laboratories, has obliged to make several changes to our by-laws, which have been accomplished in the following dates:

  • 3 June1969
  • 30 October 1978
  • 6 June1983
  • 15 June 1987
  • 24 September 1993

The last two reviews are especially important because the different possibilities of association and affiliation to U.I.L.I. were established in 1987, and in 1993, the conditions, by which a private laboratory was set to be independent, were clearly outlined.

All this activity has been accomplished thanks to some people who have spent their time and work for the attainment of our ambitions in these projects. Firstly, the founders, among them it would be fair to recall the names of Mr. Robert Dubois, Mr. Georges Wolff, Mr. Wilhelm Fresenius Henry, Mr. Boddaert, Mr. Francois Verheyden and Claude Boudet.

Also the Presidents as follows:

Georges Wolff

France

1960 – 1963

Philippe Boddaert

The Netherlands

1963 – 1968

M. Barent