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The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) & The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Benefits of the ILAC & IAF Multilateral Mutual Recognition Arrangements ITU Regional Consultation on Conformance Assessment & Interoperability, September 2010. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
  • The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)&The International Accreditation Forum (IAF)

    Benefits of the ILAC & IAF Multilateral Mutual Recognition Arrangements

    ITU Regional Consultation on Conformance Assessment & Interoperability, September 2010


  • What is ILAC ?International Laboratory Accreditation CooperationEstablished in 1977 to promote communication among laboratory accreditation bodies around the world

    Formalized as a cooperation in 1996 with 44 bodies signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

    On 2 November 2000, a mutual recognition arrangement was signed, among the 36 accreditation body members from 28 economies, which had successfully completed a peer evaluation ILAC was incorporated in the Netherlands on 20 January 2003.

    Approx. 33,000 laboratories & over 6,000 inspection bodies have now been accredited by the 67 ILAC Full Members.


  • ILACs Global RolePrincipal international forum for:

    Recognition of competent test and calibration labs world-wide through its Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA)

    Development and appropriate harmonization of laboratory accreditation practice across the globe

    Promotion of laboratory accreditation as an effective mechanism for providing confidence in measurement results, which is essential for global trade facilitation and socio-economic issues

    Assisting with the development of laboratory accreditation systems


  • ILAC GoalsStrengthen/deepen the existing ILAC MRA, promote the use of accredited labs & appropriately link this activity to inter-governmental trade activity

    Continually promote the clear distinction between certification & accreditation to help reduce the confusion in the marketplace

    Provide assistance to developing countries by providing appropriate pre-MRA support to new accreditation systems

    Increase cooperation with all relevant stakeholders, i.e. labs, regulators, industry groups, standard writing bodies and governments


  • ILAC Membership CategoriesMEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES: Full Members (Signatories); Associates; Affiliates; Stakeholders; Regional Cooperation Bodies.

    CURRENTLY: (as of 3 Sept 2010)67 Full Members from 55 economies;20 Associates from 20 economies;20 Affiliates from 19 economies;4 Regional Cooperation Bodies; 25 Stakeholders.

    Full Members & Associates have voting rights for all matters except admission of new Full Members, where voting is restricted to the Full Members only. There are currently 137 member organisations representing 89 economies.


  • ILAC Organisation ChartAdvisory CommitteesSecretariatProficiency Testing Consultative GroupArrangement CouncilGeneral AssemblyLaboratory CommitteeArrangement Management Committee

    Financial Audit CommitteeExecutive Committee

    Joint Inspection Group Accreditation CommitteeMarketing &Communications CommitteeArrangement Committee

    Joint Development Support Committee


  • MRAs Between Accreditation Bodies

    The Fundamental Purpose of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement is to demonstrate that:A laboratory accredited by one signatory has equivalent competence to a Laboratory accredited by the other signatories.


  • The ILAC Vision

    Accredited once Accepted Everywhere

    Governments can take advantage of the ILAC Arrangement to further develop or enhance trade agreements. The ultimate aim is increased use and acceptance by industry as well as government of the results from accredited laboratories, including results from laboratories in other countries.

    In this way, the free-trade goal of 'product tested once and accepted everywhere' can be realised.


  • How does the ILAC Arrangement (MRA) Work?

    The ILAC Arrangement is based on the results of an intensive evaluation of each accreditation body carried out by peers and in accordance with the relevant rules and procedures contained in several ILAC publications (P-Series or A-Series Documents). Procedural Series (P Series)- Procedural and policy publications forthe operation of the ILAC Arrangement, and which form part of the criteria for ILACArrangement evaluations.ILAC-IAF Joint Publications (A Series)-Joint IAF and ILAC documents used for theevaluation of regions, unaffiliated bodies and inspection bodies.


  • How does the ILAC Arrangement (MRA) Work?

    Each accreditation body signatory to the Arrangement agrees to abide by its terms and conditions and by the ILAC evaluation procedures and shall:Maintain conformance with the current version of ISO/IEC 17011,related ILAC guidance documents, and a few, but important, supplementary requirements, andEnsure that all accredited laboratories comply with ISO/IEC 17025or ISO 15189 (for medical testing laboratories) and related ILAC policy and guidance documents.


  • How does the ILAC Arrangement (MRA) Work?

    ISO Standards:ISO/IEC 17011:2004 - Conformity assessment -- General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies ISO/IEC 17025:2005 - General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories ISO 15189:2007- Medical laboratories -- Particular requirements for quality and competence


  • The International PictureILACInternational Laboratory Accreditation CooperationEAEuropean Cooperation for AccreditationAPLACAsia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation CooperationIAACInter-American Accreditation CooperationSADCASouthern African Development Community AccreditationUnaffiliated Bodies Peer evaluated ABs who are not geographically located in one of the established regions


  • Status & Operation of the ILAC MRAAs of 3 September 2010, 67 Full Members representing 55 economies are signatories to the ILAC Arrangement (MRA).The MRAs of the recognised regions underpin the ILAC Arrangement (MRA).Currently, the MRAs of 3 of the 4 Regional Cooperation Body members in ILAC are recognised by ILAC (EA, APLAC and IAAC).Recognition of a region is achieved after successful peer evaluation by ILAC.Each recognised region undergoes a re-evaluation by ILAC every 4 years.Signatories to the EA, APLAC and IAAC MRAs, who are also members of ILAC, are entitled to become signatories (Full Members) to the ILAC Arrangement.


  • Status & Operation of the ILAC MRA (contd)Unaffiliated bodies are ABs who do not have a Regional Cooperation body in their geographical region.

    ILAC relies on the evaluations undertaken by the recognised regions to grant and maintain ILAC signatory status for the ILAC members in their respective regions.

    ILAC itself undertakes the evaluations of the regions, the unaffiliated bodies (those ABs who do not have a region in their geographical area) and those ABs who are part of a developing region, that has not yet obtained recognition (eg SADCA).

    ILAC draws its peer evaluators from the regions and unaffiliated bodies.


  • Benefits of ILAC The development of the MRA underpins cross border trade through the acceptance of accredited test results. Tested once, accepted everywhere.A support structure to lead the co-ordination of a consistent approach and the harmonisation of best practice.The provision of a platform to exchange information and enable knowledge transfer.Support to developing and emerging economies. Links with other international organisations such as IAF, ISO & ISO/CASCO, BIPM, IEC, OIML, WADA, IFCC, WHO and trade organisations.


  • In Summary:Primary Objective of the ILAC ArrangementEliminate testing as a Technical Barrier to Trade throughRecognition of Competence betweenAccreditation Bodies


  • ILAC-MRA Mark


  • ILAC-MRA Mark (contd)47 ILAC Full Members have signed Licensing Agreements with ILAC, for the use of the Combined MRA Mark.

    The Combined MRA Mark, is the ILAC-MRA Mark used in combination with the accreditation bodys own mark.

    Once licensed, accreditation bodies can enter into a Sub-Licensing Agreement with their accredited laboratories for the use of the ILAC Laboratory Combined MRA Mark.

    The ILAC Laboratory Combined MRA Mark is the ILAC-MRA Mark used in combination with the mark which an accredited lab is entitled to use.


  • International PartnershipsILAC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the following organisations:



  • International Partnerships (contd)Joint BIPM/ILAC Statement on the roles of NMIs and NABs.

    Joint Declaration of the BIPM, OIML and ILAC promoting the existing three MRAs.

    Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communiqu on the alignment of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 with ISO/IEC 9001 (2008) updated January 2009.

    Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communiqu on the alignment of ISO15189:2007 with ISO/IEC 9001 (2008) released September 2009.

    Agreement for Closer Cooperation was signed between ILAC and IAF in September 2005.


  • The IAF Vision

    To develop a single, worldwide program of conformity assessment, which reduces risk for business, regulators and the general public by ensuring that accredited certification may be relied upon.


  • What is IAFThe International Accreditation Forum (IAF) is a global association of;Accreditation BodiesCertification Body Associations Industry associationsOther stakeholder organisations and scheme owners involved in conformity assessment activities in a variety of fields including management systems, products, services and personnel


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