World Accreditation Day 2020: Improving Food Safety

On 09 June, individuals and organizations worldwide celebrated World Accreditation Day 2020: Improving Food Safety. Accreditation has a crystal-clear objective: it aims to assure businesses, end users and regulators that a conformity assessment body (CAB), such as a certification or inspection body, testing, calibration or medical laboratory, has […]

IAF Chair’s Message

Xiao JianhuaIAF Chair We have experienced unprecedented challenges in the past few months due to COVID-19. I am, on behalf of IAF, wishing all members strength and health as we progress through the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to COVID-19, IAF published a statement with a […]

Quality Infrastructure (QI): A Rising Topic for Development

Results from the World Bank Group Survey of QI Development Partners Bin Zhai, QI Specialist bzhai@ifc.org,Wafa’a M. Aranki, QI Global Lead waranki@ifc.org The Quality Infrastructure (QI) system comprises the organizations (public and private), policies, and relevant legal and regulatory frameworks and practices needed to support and enhance the […]

Accreditation provided in a Virtual world

As societies cope with lockdowns and travel restrictions, it remains critical that products and services placed on the market continue to be safe. However, Accreditation Bodies (ABs) have an obligation to protect the health and safety of their assessors, their staff and their customers. As a result, the […]

Certification Bodies Step up With Remote Auditing

Marcus Long IAF Conformity Assessment Bodies Advisory Committee Chair IIOC Chief Executive Lockdowns and travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have necessitated more frequent use of remote auditing techniques. Certification Bodies (CBs) were well-prepared, as many had already established remote auditing protocols prior to the current crisis […]

Advancing Conformity Assessment for the New Digital Age

Bernardo Calzadilla Sarmiento Managing Director, Digitalization, Technology & Agri-Business at UNIDO Today, we are at the early stages of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which brings physical and biological systems into the digital realm. From artificial intelligence to mobile supercomputing, we are at the start of a new […]

Accreditation to Support Businesses through COVID-19

Aparna Dhawan APAC CPC Chair The COVID-19 pandemic has presented thousands of businesses around the world with unprecedented challenges to keep their business afloat and their employees safe. One such challenge has been the flow of information, both within individual organisations but also along their supply chains. Various […]

European Co-operation for Accreditation Status Report

Amandine Combe Communications and Marketing Manager  The European co-operation for Accreditation Multilateral Agreement (EA MLA) continued to grow and extend its scope in 2019.  EA welcomed a new signatory – our special congratulations to the Egyptian Accreditation Council (EGAC). 43 economies are now signatories. Paulo Tavares of the […]

The Latest From ISO CASCO

CASCO secretariat25 May 2020 The annual plenary and policy meetings With the spread of COVID-19 accelerating in many parts of the world, the CASCO secretariat and the meetings host, the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), decided to move the 35th CASCO plenary and workshop from 05-07 May to […]