Update on Developments at ARAC

SecretariatArab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) New ARAC Associate Member: Somalia Significant growth in the Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) membership has been achieved with the acceptance of the Quality Department of the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Reconstruction in Federal Republic of Somalia as an ARAC Associate member. This […]

Persons Certification during COVID-19

Cynthia WoodleyChief Operations Officer and PsychometricianProfessional Testing, Inc. Many of us have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by changing how we operate our businesses and organizations, including by implementing remote work policies and technologies that will have an enduring effect on our practices. Almost every aspect of our […]

Conformity Assessment for the Sustainable Development Goals

Mika VepsäläinenChief, Market Access Section, Economic Cooperation and Trade DivisionUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe Fifty years ago, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) initiated a series of “Meetings of Government Officials Responsible for Standardization Policies”.  The anniversary of these meetings was celebrated in circumstances that […]

ISO/IEC 17021:2015 Accreditation of CABs Delivering ISO 44001:2017 Collaborative Business Relationship Management Systems Certification

Alan WebbDevelopment Project ManagerUnited Kingdom Accreditation Service ISO 44001:2017 Collaborative Business Relationship Management Systems provides requirements for the establishment and control of collaborative business relationships utilising a formalised and measurable process for joint working. Industry recognises the advantage of shared objectives and resources to reduce liability and competition […]

Diffusion and Effects of Accredited Certification among Exporting Companies – Italian Study

The urgency of a productivity boost for Italian companies requires tools such as management systems that are certified by accredited certification bodies (CBs), which help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to position themselves along global value chains and increase their efficiency. Francesca NizzeroExternal Relations ManagerL’Ente Italiano di Accreditamento […]

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 […]

Accredited Conformity Assessment Supporting the Medical Device Sector in the APAC region

Aparna DhawanChair, Communications and Promotion CommitteeAsia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) The medical device industry is expanding globally, including in the Asia Pacific region, generating a demand for high-quality and safe products. Conformity assessment and accreditation are key building blocks of a country’s quality infrastructure. Conformity assessment connects requirements […]

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 […]

2020, a Year of Firsts for EA

Amandine CombeCommunications and Marketing Manager, EA In 2020, we were all forced to develop new tools, many of which will become permanent solutions for the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) community to deliver sustainable professional services: online meetings, workshops and training sessions; electronic ballots; forum discussions; and virtual […]

IPC Specification on Performing Online Examinations

George AnastasopoulosIPC Secretary Online examination systems are becoming increasingly popular and widespread. Many educational institutes, examination centers and certification bodies of persons are replacing their traditional examination methods with online testing technologies. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for such credible online examination systems and verification processes. […]