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IEC, ILAC & IAF Sign Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding
Dec 3, 2010
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An agreement signed by IEC, ILAC, and IAF is intended to help significantly 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).

One of the most important outcomes of the tripartite MoU (Memorandum of Understanding), signed in Shanghai, China, will be that a single reassessment – instead of three – will suffice and be accepted by all three bodies.

THE SIGNATORIES

IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies, collectively known as “electrotechnology." IEC also manages Conformity Assessment Systems that certify that equipment, systems, or components conform to its standards.

ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) is an international cooperation of laboratory and inspection accreditation bodies formed to help remove technical barriers to trade. ILAC provides a focus for developing and harmonizing laboratory and inspection accreditation practices and for promoting laboratory and inspection accreditation to industry, governments, regulators, and consumers.

IAF (International Accreditation Forum, Inc.) is the world association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies and other bodies interested in conformity assessment in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel, and similar programs of conformity assessment. Its primary function is to develop a single worldwide program of conformity assessment that reduces risk for business and customers.

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