Category: IAF updates

World Accreditation Day 09 June 2021

Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals Marcus LongChair, IAF Conformity Assessment Bodies Advisory CommitteeCEO, Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC) The 2021 World Accreditation Day (WAD) focuses on the theme of how accreditation supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the 14th WAD, […]

IAF Virtual 2021 Mid-Term Meetings

IAF and ILAC held a series of virtual committee meetings from 15 April to 12 May 2021 in place of the in-person IAF and ILAC Joint Mid-term Meetings scheduled for April 2021. These meetings were held with the support of Say Something Communications, a conference and event management […]

Demonstrating the Value and Benefits of Accreditation

All quality infrastructure (QI) organizations, whether global, regional or national, seek and publish information that demonstrates the benefits and economic impact of their services. The International Network of Quality Infrastructure (INetQI) Public Sector Assurance and Business Benefits websites serve as a central hub for case studies, research and […]

WAD 2021 Poster and Video Contests

Each year on June 9th, IAF, ILAC, their members and partners, and other organizations in the field of conformity assessment celebrate World Accreditation Day (WAD) to acknowledge the contributions of accreditation to societal well-being. The theme of WAD 2021 will be Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable […]

IAF Holds its 2020 General Assembly Virtually

IAF held its 2020 General Assembly (GA) virtually on 05 November with approximately 300 attendees. Topics of discussion included the ongoing challenge of COVID-19, the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, the establishment of a single organization for accreditation with ILAC, the status of IAF CertSearch, and committee activities. Members welcomed […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]