IAF updates

Working together to advance accreditation

Jon Murthy

Every year, leaders of accreditation, conformity assessment, scheme owners and other interested parties come together to ensure that accredited conformity assessment continues to be a preferred solution for facilitating trade, understanding current issues and trends, and evolving to meet the needs of government, regulators and businesses seeking supply chain confidence.

IAF and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) operate global accreditation arrangements that recognise equivalence of results. These agreements facilitate the removal of technical barriers to trade, enabling goods to move freely in international markets. These arrangements therefore strengthen global trade, enabling imports and exports to be accepted worldwide as meeting the specified technical requirements.

The recognition of accreditation in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Gulf States has increased significantly in recent years. The system is supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the World Bank Group, and it is embedded in World Trade Organisation trade policy guidance.  

In turn, membership and participation in IAF and ILAC has grown. The membership of both organisations has grown by around 40% over the past 10 years, with members from over 100 economies. The annual conference now attracts over 500 delegates from around the world with the common aim of advancing global accreditation and making ‘accredited once, accepted everywhere’ a reality.  

Hear how our delegates are working towards this goal.


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