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2003-11
New Members
IAF Resolution 2003-11 – (Agenda Item 5.3.3) New Members - The Annual Meeting received the Secretary’s report (ref IAF-AM-03-005) on the admission to membership since the 2002 Annual Meeting of four new Accreditation Body Members:
  1. SA – Slovenian Accreditation
  2. NAA – the National Accreditation Association of DPR of Korea
  3. BMWA – the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs
  4. Labor of Austria and RENAR – the Romanian Accreditation Association
Three new Association Members:
  1. EFAC - the European Federation of Associations of Certification Bodies
  2. IFIA - the International Federation of Inspection Agencies and INN
  3. Instituto Nacional de Normalizacion of Chile for a 12 month period
The Annual Meeting also noted the resignations since the 2002 Annual Meeting of ABCB – the Association of British Certification Bodies (UK) and AEA – the American Electronics Association (USA).
Bratislava IAF17-5.3.3
2003-12
Admission of IAS
The Annual Meeting, noting the information provided to it, votes to an extend invitation to IAS, the Iran Accreditation System, to become an Accreditation Body Member.   [Note: IAS (Iran) signed the IAF MoU at a ceremony during the IAF/ILAC Gala Dinner on 19 September 2003.]
Bratislava IAF17-5.3.4
2003-13
Report from the Chairman of the Technical Committee
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the report from the Chairman of the Technical Committee (ref IAF 17 – Item 6.1) and approved the Technical Committee Program.
Bratislava IAF17-6.1
2003-14
Publication of IAF Guidance Documents
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that the following documents, having been approved by IAF Members, now be published by IAF as amended editorially in the Technical Committee on 16 and 17 September in response to comments made by IAF Members attached to their votes:
  • • IAF Guidance on Cross Frontier Accreditation (to be published both as a self standing document and as an Annex to the Guidance on ISO/IEC Guide 61);
  • • Procedure for Exchange of Documentation among MLA Accreditation Bodies for the Purposes of Assessment;
  • • IAF Guidance on QMS CRB Competence (to be published as part of the Guidance on ISO/IEC Guide 62 replacing the existing Guidance on clause 2.2);
  • • Revised IAF Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC Guide 62 (FG62_3);
  • • Revised IAF Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC Guide 66 (FG66_3).
The Annual Meeting agreed that with respect to the guidance on Cross Frontier Accreditation, this shall be implemented by the MLA Signatories within 6 months of publication. The IAF MLA MC shall, in cooperation with the regional members, prepare an evaluation plan for the IAF MLA Signatories having accredited CRBs with foreign branches, cf. Section 2.1.1 in the Guidance document. An evaluation of the ABs shall begin immediately after the guidance has come into force.   It was further agreed, on reissuing the IAF Guidance on ISO /IEC Guide 61, the same provision used for Guides 62 and 66 will be used for introducing the applicable parts of ISO 19011 (Guidelines for Quality and/or Environmental Management Systems Auditing) in place of the reference in the standard to the superseded ISO 10011 series.
Bratislava IAF17-6.1
2003-15
Well Developed and Implemented Management Systems (WDI)
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that the balloted document “Method for Maintaining Certification/Registration of Well Developed and Implemented Management Systems (WDI)” be not progressed for publication at this stage, but that a new Task Group led by Mr Kawaberi and Mr Croft develop further guidance on this subject, and that in the meantime the current document “The Alternative Method” (ref IAF 98/020) remain in force.
Bratislava IAF17-6.1
2003-16
Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC 17024
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, thanked Mr Kronvall and his Task Group for their work and resolved that the draft IAF Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC 17024:2003 (ref TC/43/03) be circulated to all IAF Members for approval by 60 day ballot.
Bratislava IAF17-6.1
2003-17
IAF Communique
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that IAF issue a Communique to the following effect:

Draft IAF Communique

ISO 9001 Certification after 15 December 2003

 
  1. At its Annual Meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, in September 2003, IAF reaffirmed to the market that all accredited certification/registration of Quality Management Systems to ISO 9001:1994, ISO 9002:1994 and ISO 9003:1994 ceases to have validity on 15 December 2003. The decision that this would happen was taken in 1999 by IAF along with the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) committees on Quality Management (ISO/TC 176) and Conformity Assessment (ISO CASCO) in preparation for the withdrawal of those standards by ISO in favour of ISO 9001:2000 (which came into effect on 15 December 2000).
  2. Organizations that base their purchasing decisions on the fact that their supplier is third party “ISO 9000 certified/registered” are reminded that after 15 December 2003 the only recognized form of conformity of an ISO 9001 Quality Management System will be an accredited certification/registration to ISO 9001:2000.
  3. After 15 December 2003, all accredited certifications/registrations to ISO 9001:1994, ISO 9002:1994 and ISO 9003:1994 will have expired. Any use of accreditation marks on Resolutions IAF17_ver2.doc Printed 26 September, 2003 such certificates will therefore be in error, and in contravention of the intellectual property rights of the owners of the marks.
Bratislava IAF17-6.1
2003-18
Conformity Assessment Services
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, in support of the principle that IAF, its members and their constituents, should avoid actions that create confusion or conflict of interest between the respective roles of accreditation bodies and certification/registration bodies, resolved that IAF will not endorse:
  1. the provision of any conformity assessment services by Accreditation Body members of IAF (other than insofar as the accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies may be termed a conformity assessment service)
  2. the provision of any conformity assessment services by accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies to denote conformity with any of the standards that are used as the basis for accreditation.
Note: Currently, services identified as conformity assessment services are:
  • - Calibration (ISO/IEC 17025)
  • - Testing (ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 15189)
  • - Inspection (ISO/IEC 17020)
  • - Management System Certification (future ISO/IEC 17021)
  • - Personnel Certification (ISO/IEC 17024)
  • - Product Certification (ISO/IEC Guide 65)
Bratislava IAF17-6.1
2003-19
Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC 17020
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Inspection, resolved that the final draft document “ IAF-ILAC Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC 17020”, be circulated to all IAF members for approval by 60 day letter ballot and that this guidance document be used as the basis for Accreditation Bodies assessing Inspection Bodies for the IAF-ILAC Multilateral Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MLMRA).
Bratislava IAF17
2003-20
IAF-ILAC Inspection Arrangement
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Inspection, resolved to request that the Joint Committee on Closer Cooperation (JCCC) develop a mechanism (including involving Inspection Body stakeholders) for:
  • • the management of the IAF-ILAC Inspection Arrangement including the allocation of responsibilities;
  • • the development of technical criteria to be considered during the evaluation (using existing IAF and ILAC harmonised evaluation procedures); and
  • • the development of a single IAF-ILAC Logo/Mark for the Inspection Body MLMRA and a fee structure.
Bratislava IAF17
2003-21
Report from the Chairman of the MLA Committee
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the report from the Chairman of the MLA Committee (ref IAF 17 – Item 6.2) and approved the IAF MLA Work Program.
Bratislava IAF17-6.2
2003-22
New IAF QMS MLA Signatories
The Annual Meeting noted that, as a consequence of EA MLA membership, the accreditation body members SNAS (Slovakia) and BMWA (Austria), have been approved for membership in the IAF QMS MLA.   [Note: SNAS (Slovakia) and BMWA (Austria) signed the IAF QMS MLA at a ceremony during the IAF/ILAC Gala Dinner on 19 September 2003.]
Bratislava IAF17-6.2
2003-23
New IAF EMS MLA Signatory
The Annual Meeting noted that the IAF MLA Group, on the recommendation of the MLA MC, has agreed that ANSI-RAB NAP (United States of America) should be admitted to the IAF EMS MLA when it is established.
Bratislava IAF17-6.2
2003-24
Registration of the IAF MLA Mark
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the MLA Committee, resolved that IAF register the IAF MLA Mark internationally in all IAF Accreditation Body Member economies and other economies as appropriate. It was further resolved that the IAF Secretariat coordinate the registration in both the Accreditation Body Member economies in the Madrid System according to the Madrid System and other Accreditation Body Member economies individually with assistance of the respective Accreditation Body Members.
Bratislava IAF17-6.2
2003-25
General Principles for the Use of the IAF MLA Mark
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the MLA Committee, resolved that the final draft document “General Principles for the Use of the IAF MLA Mark” (ref MLA-2003/1) be circulated to all IAF members for approval by 60 day letter ballot.
Bratislava IAF17-6.2
2003-26
Protection of the IAF MLA Mark
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the MLA Committee, resolved that IAF be responsible for the worldwide protection of the IAF MLA Mark. It was further resolved that the IAF Accreditation Body Members shall be obligated to assist IAF to protect the IAF MLA Mark on the basis of self-enforcement and policing.
Bratislava IAF17-6.2
2003-27
Inquiries on MLA Signatory Equivalence
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the MLA Committee, resolved that the final draft document “Responding to Inquires on MLA Signatory Equivalence” (ref MLA-2003/2) be circulated to all IAF members for approval by 60 day letter ballot. It was further resolved that this document be shared with ILAC in discussions on harmonization of IAF/ILAC procedures.
Bratislava IAF17-6.2
2003-28
Harmonized Procedures for Peer Evaluation of Accreditation Bodies (ABs) and Regional Groups
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the MLA Committee, resolved that the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Harmonization of the Peer Evaluation of ABs and Regional Groups prepare the final draft of the IAF/ILAC MLA documents on evaluation of ABs and Regional Groups (ref A1, A2, and A3) after receiving final comments from IAF members and that these final drafts be circulated to the members of the IAF MLA Procedures Sub-Committee and the MLA Committee Chairman for review prior to being circulated to all IAF members for approval by 60 day letter ballot.
Bratislava IAF17-6.2
2003-29
Refinements and Updates to MLA P&P 3v4
The Annual Meeting, acting on the recommendation of the MLA Committee, resolved that the proposed changes for the MLA Policies and Procedures 3v4 (ref MLA-2003/3) be circulated to all IAF members for approval by 60 day letter ballot.
Bratislava IAF17-6.2
2003-30
Policies and Procedures for Industry Specific Programs
The Annual Meeting resolved that the draft document “Policies and Procedures for Industry Specific Programs” (ref MLA-2003/4) be revised according to the comments received from the members and subsequently circulated to all IAF members for approval by 60 day letter ballot.
Bratislava IAF17-6.2
2003-31
GFSI Program for IAF Product MLA
The Annual meeting resolved that the requirements of the GFSI program “Arrangement between IAF and GFSI for the GFSI program” (ref MLA-2003/5) be incorporated into the IAF Product MLA and the peer evaluation be commenced upon receiving application for the GFSI program.
Bratislava IAF17-6.2
2003-32
Development Support Committee
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the report from the Co-Chair of the Joint Development Support Committee (JDSC), recognizing the work done by the JDSC in the JCDCMAS, encourages the continuation of this involvement.
Bratislava IAF17-6.3
2003-33
Strategic Planning Proposal
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the presentation on the IAF strategic directions and the allocation of responsibilities.
Bratislava IAF17-7.1
2003-34
IAF Seal and MLA Mark
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the presentation on the new IAF Seal and the results of the letter ballot on the preferred design of the MLA Mark.
Bratislava IAF17-7.2
2003-35
Customer Satisfaction Survey
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the presentation on the results of the Customer Satisfaction Survey.
Bratislava IAF17-7.3
2003-36
Cross Frontier Accreditation Policy
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the presentation on the Cross Frontier Accreditation Policy and its proposed implementation.
Bratislava IAF17-7.4
2003-37
Report of ISO
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the report presented on behalf of the Secretary General of ISO.
Bratislava IAF17-8.1
2003-38
Report of ISO/TC 176
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the report presented on behalf of the Chairman of ISO/TC 176 (ref IAF 17 - Item 8.1.1).
Bratislava IAF17-8.1.1
2003-39
Report of ISO/CASCO
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the report presented on behalf of the Chairman of ISO/CASCO (ref CASCO 96/2003).
Bratislava IAF17-8.1.2
2003-40
Report of IATCA
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the report presented on behalf of the Chairman of IATCA (ref IAF 17 – Item 8.2).
Bratislava IAF17-8.2
2003-41
Report of QuEST Forum
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the report presented on behalf of the QuEST Forum.
Bratislava IAF17-8.3
2003-42
Report of IAQG
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the report presented on behalf of the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) (ref IAF 17 – Item 8.4).
Bratislava IAF17-8.4
2003-43
Report of Food Industry
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the report presented on behalf of the Food Industry.
Bratislava IAF17-8.5
2003-44
Report of UNFCCC
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the report presented on behalf of the UNFCCC.
Bratislava IAF17-8.6
2003-45
Election of Directors
The Annual Meeting congratulated the following Directors on their election:
  • -Dr Thomas Facklam (DAR) elected unopposed as Chairman for a three year term ending at the 2006 Annual Meeting.
  • -Mr Anthony Craven (JAS-ANZ) elected as Director representing Accreditation Body Members located in a high income economy, as designated by the World Bank, for a three year term ending at the 2006 Annual Meeting.
  • -Note: Ms Elva Nilsen (SCC) will complete her term as Vice-Chairman, ending at the 2004 Annual Meeting.
  • -Mrs Verónica Garcia de Solórzano (EMA) will complete her term as Director representing Accreditation Body Members located in low and medium income economies, as designated by the World Bank, ending at the 2004 Annual Meeting
  • -Mr Dale Misczynski (ITIC) will complete his term as Director representing the Industry and User Association Members, ending at the 2005 Annual Meeting.
  • -Mr Sandy Sutherland (IIOC) will complete his term as Director representing Certification/Registration Body Association Members, ending at the 2005 Annual Meeting.
Bratislava IAF17-9
2003-46
Invitation for the 2004 Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting accepted with appreciation the invitation by SANAS to hold the 2004 Annual Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, from October 4 to 13, 2004, in association with the ILAC General Assembly.
Bratislava IAF17-12.2
2003-47
Invitations for Future IAF Annual Meetings
The Annual Meeting, noting that it had accepted the following invitation:
  • -IANZ invitation to hold the 2005 Annual Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand in September, 2005, in association with the ILAC General Assembly;
  • -Invites other members to offer to host the Annual Meetings of IAF and ILAC in years after 2005.
Bratislava IAF17-12.3
2002-01
Acceptance of Apologies and Proxies
The Annual Meeting received and accepted the list of apologies for non-attendance and accepted the notifications of proxies by members.
Berlin IAF16-2
2002-02
Approval of the Agenda
The Annual Meeting adopted the draft agenda (ref IAF–AM–02-003).
Berlin IAF16-3
2002-03
Minutes of the Fifteenth Meeting
The Annual Meeting approved the draft Minutes (with minor amendments) as a true record of the Fifteenth Annual Meeting, held in Kyoto IAF15-, Japan, on 6 and 8, November, 2001 (ref IAF–PL–01-032) as circulated and amended.
Berlin IAF16-4
2002-04
President’s Report
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the Report of the President (ref IAF-PL-02-019) as circulated and presented.
Berlin IAF16-5.1
2002-05
Treasurer’s Report on the Financial Operations of IAF in 2001
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the Report by the Treasurer on the Financial Affairs of IAF (ref IAF-AM-02-010) and the Report of the Financial Auditor on the Financial Operations of IAF for the complete year of 2001 (ref IAF-AM-02-009) as circulated and presented.
Berlin IAF16-5.2.1,IAF16-5.2.2
2002-06
Report of the Financial Oversight Committee
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation and adopted the Report of the Financial Oversight Committee (ref IAF–AM–02-014), as circulated and presented by the Financial Oversight Committee.
Berlin IAF16-5.2.3
2002-07
Membership of the Financial Oversight Committee
The Annual Meeting resolved to appoint Mr Vagn Anderson (DANAK), Mr Shinichi Iguchi (JAB) and Mr Pierre Salle (IAAR) to be members of the Financial Oversight Committee for the complete years of 2003 and 2004.
Berlin IAF16-5.2.3
2002-08
Amendment to Annex 1 of Structure of IAF
The Annual Meeting approved the proposed amendment to Annex 1 of the Structure of the International Accreditation Forum Inc. (ref IAF-BD-01-022)- to delete the second paragraph of section 3.1 concerning the appointment of Members.
Berlin IAF16-5.2.3
2002-09
Treasurer’s Report on the Financial Operations of IAF in 2002
The Annual Meeting received with appreciation the Report by the Treasurer on the Financial Affairs of IAF for the period 1 January to 30 July 2002 (ref IAF-AM-02-005) as circulated and presented.
Berlin IAF16-5.2.4
2002-10
IAF Budget for 2003
The Annual Meeting approved the IAF Budget for 2003 submitted by the Treasurer (ref IAF-AM-02-006) and directs the Board to send invoices for membership fees in 2003, based upon the budget amount for membership fees of $US 285,500, in accordance with the Membership Fees Rules (ref IAF–PL–00-028) to all members as quickly as possible.
Berlin IAF16-5.2.5
2002-11
Current Membership
The Annual Meeting received the Secretary’s report on the current IAF membership as at September 2002 (ref IAF-AM-02-002).
Berlin IAF16-5.3.1
2002-12
New Members
The Annual Meeting received the Secretary’s report (ref IAF-AM-02-012) on the admission to membership since the 2001 Annual Meeting of two new Accreditation Body Members
  1. KAS – the Korean Accreditation System
  2. TUNAC the Tunisian Accreditation Council
Three new Association Members
  1. APEDA - the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (India)
  2. AIOICI - the Association of the Independent Certification and Inspection Bodies (Italy)
  3. ALPI the Association of Independent Test Laboratories and Certification Bodies (Italy)
Special Recognition Regional Group
  1. SADCA - the Southern African Development Co-operation in Accreditation)
Two Special Interest Liaison Groups with Special Recognition
  1. QuEST Forum (North, Central and South America and the Caribbean
  2. ISO - the International Organisation for Standardization (Worldwide).
The Annual Meeting also noted the resignations since the 2002 Annual Meeting of CNACP – the China National Accreditation Council for Product Certification Bodies and GAMA – the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (USA).
Berlin IAF16-5.3.3
2002-13
Proposed Revision of Membership Provisions in the Bylaws
The Annual Meeting received a proposal (ref IAF-GM-02-009) to revise the Bylaws and approved the creation of a new category of Members called “Partner Members”, limiting the totality of votes of Association Members and Partner Members to no more than 4/7th of the total votes of Accreditation Body members and allowing the Board to grant Observer Status, reviewed annually, to those entities with which it wishes to develop closer relationships but which are not eligible for either membership or special recognition.
Berlin IAF16-5.3.4