ILAC AND IAF

Internationally there are two organisations in the accreditation area:

  • International Accreditation Forum (IAF) - the international organisation on accreditation for certification of management systems, products and people.
  • International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) - the international organization for accreditation of laboratories and inspection bodies.

The two organisations work closely together.

FOR ACCREDITATION BODIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Members of the IAF and ILAC are among others accreditation bodies from around the world - including DANAK.

Other members may be representatives from industry or accredited companies.

IAF and ILAC are working to get accreditation widespread and recognised globally. Thus international trade is facilitated, so that products and services can cross borders without having to be certified or be re-tested.

The global system of accreditation is based on a uniform interpretation and use of the international standards. Both standards that form the basis of accreditation of enterprises, and the standards which the accredited companies use when they provide services to their customers.

CO-SIGNATORIES ON IAF AND ILAC-AGREEMENTS

Accreditation bodies, which have introduced and apply the accreditation criteria properly, can become signatories of the IAF and/or ILAC- agreement.

In order for an accreditation body to sign the agreement of mutual recognition, ILAC/IAF will implement a so-called peer-evaluation - in Europe this takes place at the EA-level, which thus includes DANAK.

With the evaluation ILAC assesses whether standards are implemented and used properly by the accreditation body. The assessment shall be repeated every four years.

Signatories of the agreements undertake to recognise accreditations from other accreditation bodies as equal.

At the same time they undertake to comply with the common guidelines from IAF or ILAC on the interpretation of accreditation standards.

DANAKS AGREEMENTS WITH THE IAF AND ILAC

DANAK has signed agreements with ILAC and IAF on the mutual global recognition of reports and certificates bearing DANAKs accreditation symbol.

The ILAC-agreement concerns calibration, testing and inspection.

The IAF-agreement concerns certification of management systems and certification of products.

IAF publishes an annual report, which takes stock of the developments within the MLA Agreement on mutual recognition. View IAF's MLA-report here.

DANAK participates annually in the General Assembly of ILAC/IAF and participates in the technical committees that discuss the interpretation of accreditation standards. DANAKs contact person in relation to ILAC and IAF Director Jesper Høy.

LEAFLETS AND WEBSITES

The two global organisations have sent out a number of leaflets and other material concerning accreditation.

ILAC

Read the ILAC leaflets here

ILACs website: ILAC

IAF

Read the IAF leaflets here

IAF's website:  IAF