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Accreditation reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring them that accredited bodies are competent to carry out the work they undertake. Accreditation bodies which are members of IAF are required to operate at the highest standard and require the bodies they accredit to comply with appropriate international standards. Certificates issued by bodies accredited by members of the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) are relied upon all over the world because the MLA assures customers that the certificate is credible.


1. Changes for the IAF MLA
IAF has moved away from three MLAs covering QMS, EMS and Product to one MLA with scope and changed the way the IAF MLA Mark is used in connection with Product certification ...more

2. IAF-ISO Joint Communique - Transition to ISO 17021:2011
ISO/IEC 17021 was revised and published on 1 February 2011.  IAF has set the date for implementation of ISO/IEC 17021:2011 as 1 February 2013, which is a two year transition from the date of publication.

3. ISO 26000 Social Responsiblity
ISO releases statement on no certification to ISO 26000 Guidance Standard on social responsibility

4. Tripartite MoU between IEC, ILAC and IAF
IEC, ILAC and IAF sign an historic agreement which will help significantly to reduce cost, time and complexity for the reassessment of certification bodies and testing laboratories that are accredited by IAF and ILAC Member ABs (Accreditation Bodies).

5. World Accreditation Day 2011
June 9th 2011 will mark World Accreditation Day, a global initiative jointly established by the IAF and ILAC to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities.

6. Bogus Accreditation Association
 A bogus organization called the Commonwealth of Nations Accreditation Board (CNAB) is plagiarizing the website of the International Accreditation Forum. ...more

7. Expectations of Accreditation & Accredited Certification
This position paper has been prepared by the IAF User Advisory Committee.

8. IAF Newsletter
Acts as a link between members of the accreditation community, as well as providing the means of communicating with stakeholders, and other partners. ...more

9. IAF-ISO Joint Communiques - Expected Outcomes for Accredited Certification
IAF and ISO have released the following two joint Communiqués covering concise statements of outcomes that are to be expected as a result of accredited certification to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. The intent is to promote a common focus throughout the ent ...more

10. ISO/CASCO eNewsletter
For the ISO/CASCO eNewsletter please click on the link on the entry page. ...more

11. Problems with Cut Price Certification
Quick thinking is best defence against fraud ...more

12. Extract from the ENDS Report #364

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