Accreditation Body Membership of IAF is open to bodies that conduct and administer programmes by which they accredit validation/verification bodies and/or bodies for the certification of management systems, products, processes, services, personnel and other programmes of conformity assessment. Accreditation Body Members must declare their common intention to join the IAF Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MLA) recognising the equivalence of other signatories' accreditations to their own.
Regional Accreditation Group Membership is open to regional groupings of Accreditation Bodies whose aims include the maintenance of regional multilateral recognition agreements recognising the equivalence of their members' accreditations.
A Recognized Regional Accreditation Group is a Regional Accreditation Group Member that has been peer evaluated to confirm that its membership and MLA peer evaluation criteria and processes meet or exceed IAF requirements.
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