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Q41. How will the database be made mandatory?

03 Nov 2021

To mandate the upload of certification data to IAF CertSearch there needs to be a mechanism and obligation for AB members to achieve this goal.  After discussions with IAF Executive Committee members, it was determined that the following steps would be the most appropriate way forward:
Amend the IAF CertSearch Principles to be approved by IAF Members after consultation exercise. Afterwards, the MLA Committee will create an obligation on the MLA signatories through the amendment of IAF ML4.  Clause 4.3 of this document requires each participating body to abide by the terms and conditions of the MLA, with Clauses 4.3.1, 4.4 and 4.5 going further to document the obligations of the AB signatories.  It is recommended that these obligations be extended to include the obligation of the AB signatories to mandate the upload of all accredited certification data, by CBs into the IAF CertSearch.  This will require a transition period for contractual arrangements to be put in place.