October 21-30, 2019
The IAF-ILAC meetings in Frankfurt, Germany, took place on 21-30 October 2019. Around 500 participants from more than 100 countries participated to over 50 meetings, to discuss policy and governance, schemes, assessments, audit, and many more technical issues.
The General Assemblies of IAF and ILAC were held from 28 to 30 October 2018 and EA is pleased to announce the following decisions.
Certainly, the most important move from a strategic point of view was the decision by the Joint General Assembly to endorse the recommendation of the Joint Executive Committee to establish a single international organisation for accreditation. A Steering Committee, reporting to the Joint Executive Committee, will lead this process.
There are many reasons for the establishment of one single international organization:
This next step is the logical consequence of a process started many years ago, which has already led to several joint activities, such as the MLA and Communications committees, joint meetings for the Executive Committees and the General Assemblies.
The General Assembly resolved that accredited certification shall only be issued against documents/standards that contain requirements, and to endorse ISO/IEC 17029:2019 (1) when published as an IAF normative document. Consequences on ISO/IEC 14065 (currently under revision) will be discussed in the near future.
IAF General Assembly (GA) made several decisions about transition to new standards or new versions of standards:
The document IAF MD3:2008 – Advanced Surveillance and Recertification Procedures (ASRP), Issue 1, Version 2, issued on 1 February 2008 is withdrawn.
The decisions will have to be transferred to EA for application at EA level. More information to come after the EA General Assembly on 20-21 November 2019 in Budapest.
Without the need for an additional peer evaluation by IAF, as a consequence of being a signatory to the EA MLA, the following EA MLA signatories join the IAF MLA:
Furthermore, the MLA scope extensions was recognized by IAF for:
Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation Incorporated (APAC) scope of recognition at global level is extended by ILAC to cover accreditation of Proficiency Testing Provider (ISO/IEC 17043(13)).
ILAC launched its new Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) for Proficiency Testing Provider (PTP), and 20 signatories out of 42 are members of EA.
EA MLA / BLA signatories join the ILAC Arrangement for the accreditation scope Proficiency Testing Provider (ISO/IEC 17043):
Furthermore, the Slovenian Accreditation Body SA joint the ILAC MRA for the scope extension medical testing (ISO 15189).
The General Assembly, acting upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee, approved the adoption of the Revised ILAC Bylaws and the amendment of the Articles of Association.
The General Assembly also endorsed the withdrawal of ILAC G11:07/2006 ILAC Guidelines on Qualifications & Competence of Assessors and Technical Experts.
Jon Murthy (UKAS, UK National Accreditation Body) stepped down as Marketing and Communications Committee (MCC) Chair. We thank Jon for all his great work in ILAC for seven years, and also in EA, especially in the Communications and Publications Committee, for 15 years.