Category: IAF updates

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

WAD 2020: Accreditation Supporting Food Safety

The theme of World Accreditation Day 2020 will be ‘Accreditation: Delivering Food Safety’. The production of food and water involves complex supply chains. Food safety policies have a critical role in assuring that food stays safe at every stage of the food chain – from production to harvest, […]

IAF and ICAO sign MoU

IAF and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the provision of training for ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). ICAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and […]

ISO publishes ISO/IEC 17029:2019

The validation or verification of information declared in claims is a key way of demonstrating that what is said is reliable and true. ISO/IEC 17029 – Conformity assessment – General requirements for verification and validation bodies was published on 30 October 2019, and will ensure the validators and verifiers […]

Promoting accreditation to Trade Officials

As a key stakeholder, IAF continues to pursue different avenues to work closely with the WTO. At the IAF General Assembly in 2018, Dr Aik Hoe Lim, Director Trade and Environment Division World Trade Organization, provided IAF with guidance on how it might better promote itself with trade […]