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12. MLA Signatories

 

The mechanism by which IAF implements its objective is the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA). Accreditation body members of IAF are admitted to the MLA only after a most stringent evaluation of their operations by a peer evaluation team which is charged to ensure that the applicant member complies fully with both the international standards and IAF requirements. Once an accreditation body is a member of the MLA it is required to recognize the certificates issued by certification/registration bodies accredited by all other members of the MLA.

 

IAF has granted Special Recognition to two Regional Accreditation Groups, the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) and the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC), on the basis of the acceptance of the mutual recognition arrangements established within these organizations. Membership of the IAF MLA is recognized as being satisfied by membership of either the EA MLA or the PAC MLA and IAF members who are also signatories of these regional MLAs are automatically accepted into the IAF MLA. Special Recognition was granted to the Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) for the Quality Management Systems (QMS) MLA at the IAF Annual Meetings held in Cancun, Mexico in November 2006.

 

The first fourteen members to join the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for QMS signed the Arrangement in Guangzhou, China on 22 January 1998. At the IAF Annual Meetings held in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2004, the IAF MLAs for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Product Certification became operational with 27 EMS MLA and 21 Product MLA certificates being signed.

 

The number of IAF MLA Signatories at November 2007 is as follows:

-  IAF QMS MLA:     3 Regional Accreditation Groups (EA, PAC & IAAC) and 39 Accreditation Bodies
-  IAF EMS MLA:     2 Regional Accreditation Groups (EA & PAC) and 36 Accreditation Bodies
-  IAF Product MLA:  2 Regional Accreditation Groups (EA & PAC) and 28 Accreditation Bodies

 

IAF is encouraging more of its members to join the MLA, as soon as they have passed a rigorous evaluation process, to ensure that their accreditation programs are of world standard.

 

The consequence of joining the IAF MLA is that ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 conformity assessment certificates issued by certification/registration bodies accredited by any one of the members of the MLA will be recognised in the world wide IAF program.

 

Contact details of the accreditation bodies which are signatories to the MLA are listed on the IAF Members pages.  Those members which are signatories are denoted by ‚ÄúDate Admitted to the MLA‚Äù.

 

The signatories of the IAF MLA programs at the present date are indicated below:

International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) Signatories 

 

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Location

Signatory

MLA & Date Admitted

Argentina

Organismo Argentino de Accreditacion (OAA)

QMS 17 Sep 2005
EMS 17 Sep 2005
Product 17 Sep 2005

Australia & New Zealand

Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ)

QMS 22 Jan 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Austria

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labor (BMWA)

QMS 25 Sep 2003
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Belgium

BELAC

QMS 29 Sep 1999
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Brazil

National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO)

QMS 23 Aug 1999
EMS 8 Dec 2005

Canada

Standards Council of Canada (SCC)

QMS 22 Jan 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

China

China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS)

QMS 29 Oct 1999
EMS 9 Oct 2004

Czech Republic

Czech Accreditation Institute, (Cesk√Ω Institut pro Akreditaci, o.p.s.) (CAI)

QMS 29 Sep 1999
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Denmark

Danish Accreditation (DANAK)

QMS 22 Jan 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Finland

The Finnish Accreditation Service (FINAS)

QMS 22 Jan 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

France

Comite Francais d’Accreditation (COFRAC)

QMS 30 Mar 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Germany

German Accreditation Council (DAR) on behalf of
- TGA (Traegergemeinschaft fuer Akkreditierung GmbH)



- DAP (Deutsches Akkreditierungssystem Pruefwesen GmbH)



QMS 22 Jan 1998 &
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004


Product 9 Oct 2004


Greece

Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD)

QMS 24 Mar 2006
EMS 24 Mar 2006
Product 24 Mar 2006

Hong Kong China

Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS)

QMS 9 Oct 2004

India

National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB)

QMS 22 Sep 2002 EMS 26 Oct 2007

Indonesia

Accreditiation Body of Indonesia (Komite Akreditasi Nasional) (KAN-BSN)

QMS 10 Nov 2000
EMS 9 Oct 2004

Ireland

The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB)

QMS 29 Oct 1999
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Italy

Sistema Nazionale per l’Accreditamento degli Organsimi di Certificazione (SINCERT)

QMS 22 Jan 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Japan

The Japan Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment (JAB)

QMS 22 Jan 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004

Republic of Korea

Korea Accreditation Board (KAB)

QMS 29 Sep 1999
EMS 9 Oct 2004

Republic of Korea

Korean Accreditation System (KAS)

Product 26 Oct 2007

Malaysia

Department of Standards Malaysia (DSM)

QMS 29 Sep 1999
EMS 9 Feb 2006

México

Mexican Accreditation Entity, (Entidad Mexicana de Acreditacion) (EMA)

QMS 3 Nov 2001
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Netherlands

Dutch Accreditation Council (Raad Voor Accreditatie) (RvA)

QMS 22 Jan 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Norway

Norwegian Accreditation (NA)

QMS 16 Apr 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Philippines

Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO)

QMS 22 Sep 2002 EMS 26 Oct 2007

Poland

Polish Centre for Accreditation (PCA)

QMS 16 Feb 2005
EMS 16 Feb 2005
Product 16 Feb 2005

Portugal

Portuguese Institute for Accreditation (IPAC)

QMS 18 Mar 2006
EMS 18 Mar 2006
Product 18 Mar 2006

Singapore

Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC)

QMS 29 Sep 1999
Product 23 Jan 2007

Slovakia

Slovak National Accreditation Service, (Slovenskä Närodnä Akreditaÿnä Sluzba) (Slovakia) (SNAS)

QMS 19 Sep 2003
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Slovenia

Slovenian Accreditation (SA)

QMS 7 Oct 2006
EMS 7 Oct 2006
Product 7 Oct 2006

South Africa

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

QMS 29 Oct 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Spain

Entidad Nacional de Acreditacion (ENAC)

QMS 22 Jan 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Sweden

Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (SWEDAC)

QMS 22 Jan 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Switzerland

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS)

QMS 22 Jan 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

Chinese Taipei

Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF)

QMS 22 Sep 2002
EMS 9 Oct 2004 Product 26 Oct 2007

Thailand

National Accreditation Council of Thailand, The Office of (NAC)

QMS 10 Nov 2000
EMS 9 Oct 2004

Turkey

Turkish Accreditation Agency (TURKAK)

QMS 26 Oct 2007

United Kingdom

United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

QMS 22 Jan 1998
EMS 9 Oct 2004
Product 9 Oct 2004

USA

American National Standards Institute - American Society for Quality National Accreditation Board (ANAB)

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