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Evaluation Process

Contact details of the Accreditation Bodies and Regional Accreditation Groups which are signatories to the MLA are listed here.


Evaluation Process

Accreditation Body Members of IAF are admitted to the MLA only after stringent evaluation of their operations by a peer evaluation team. It is the responsibility of this team to assess that the applicant complies fully with both international standards and IAF guidelines.

Each Accreditation Body that is a signatory to the IAF MLA commits to:

  • Maintain conformity with the current version of ISO/IEC 17011 Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies providing assessment and accreditation of conformity assessment bodies and supplementary requirements documents.
  • Recognise the competence and impartiality of accreditations of conformity assessment bodies by all other members of the MLA.

The IAF MLA has been structured to build on existing and developing regional MLAs established around the world. IAF has granted Special Recognition to the MLA programs of five Regional Accreditation Groups, the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC), the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation Incorporated (APAC), the ARAB Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC), the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), on the basis of the acceptance of the mutual recognition arrangements established within these organisations.

IAF Accreditation Body Members who are signatories of these regional MLAs may also be accepted into the IAF MLA for recognised programs.