• Српски
  • English
-A +A
 

ILAC

International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) is an international organisation the members of which are national accreditation bodies and other organisations in the field of laboratory testing and inspection. They have signed the Memorandum of Understanding that constitutes a basis for the establishment and further development of multilateral agreement system. In this way test results are recognised globally and technical barriers to trade are eliminated.

ILAC also provides assistance to developing countries that are in the process of developing their own laboratory accreditation systems. These developing systems are able to participate in ILAC as associate members, and access the resources of ILAC's more established members.

In conjunction with ILAC, specific regions have also established their own accreditation co-operations, notably in Europe (EA) and the Asia-Pacific (APLAC), America (IAAC), and Africa (SADC and AFRAC). These regional co-operations work in harmony with ILAC procedures. ILAC is encouraging the development of such regional co-operations in other parts of the globe.

Structure of the ILAC MRA

The ILAC MRA is structured in five levels:

Level 1 - ISO/IEC 17011, specifies mandatory criteria that apply to all accreditation bodies (ABs)

Level 2 - Conformity assessment activities of conformity assessment bodies to which the accreditation body grants accreditation according to the generic, normative documents listed in Level 3

  • Testing
  • Calibration
  • Inspection
  • Proficiency Testing
  • Reference Material Production*

Level 3 - Generic, normative documents used by the AB to assess the conformity assessment body (CAB) competence for each activity in Level 2 are:

  • For Testing: ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 15189
  • For Calibration: ISO/IEC 17025
  • For Inspection: ISO/IEC 17020
  • For Proficiency Testing: ISO/IEC 17043
  • For Production of Reference Material*: ISO 17034

Level 4 - Sector-specific normative documents which specify internationally recognised applications of the generic, normative document listed in Level 3. These application documents are used by the AB, in combination with the generic, normative documents listed in Level 3, to assess the CAB competence in the relevant sector and are:

(a) Normative documents to be used in combination with ISO/IEC 17025:

  • For anti-doping testing laboratories also accredited by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) - the WADA International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)
  • For medical reference measurement laboratories - ISO 15195

(b) Normative documents to be used in combination with ISO 15189:

  • For Point-of-Care Testing - ISO 22870

(c) Normative documents to be used in combination with ISO/IEC 17020:

  • None currently endorsed

(d) Normative documents to be used in combination with ISO/IEC 17043:

  • None currently endorsed

(e) Normative documents to be used in combination with ISO 17034*:

  • None currently endorsed

Level 5 - The scope of accreditation of the CAB accredited by an ILAC Arrangement signatory.

*) The General Assembly endorses the recommendation of the ARC to extend the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) to include accreditation of reference material producers to the criteria specified in ISO 17034 according to the Resolution ILAC GA 20.13.