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Hosting Events During COVID-19

Melissa ColeManaging Partner, Say Something Communications Inc. (SSC) SSC has been providing event management services to IAF and ILAC for over five years. Meetings and events have been a necessary part of the accreditation world since the beginning, and COVID-19 will not change that. Even during the pandemic, […]

How EA and Its Members Celebrated WAD 2020

Amandine CombeCommunications and Marketing Manager, EA Each year, on June 9th, World Accreditation Day (WAD) takes place. This event is a great opportunity to widely promote accreditation, accredited conformity assessment and standards, and is celebrated in over 100 economies around the world. In the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2019 IAF MLA Annual Report Published

To ensure that regulators, specifiers, and businesses can have confidence in accredited certification and the IAF MLA, IAF and its Accreditation Body Members invest significant effort and resources to maintain the integrity and consistency of the MLA through a peer evaluation process. The IAF MLA Annual Report sets […]

IAF response to COVID-19

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to cause safety concerns and travel restrictions worldwide, IAF is committed to ensuring consistent and appropriate action to confirm that accredited certificates remain valid. A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about conformity assessment activities during this period, including the […]

Participation in IAF Certsearch continues to grow

Sheronda Jeffries IAF CertSearch has launched. IAF CertSearch is the world’s exclusive global database for accredited management system certifications, providing businesses and governments the ability to digitally validate an organization’s certification(s) to determine if a certificate is valid and if the Certification Body (CB) issuing the certificate is […]