The most important role of IAF and ILAC is to demonstrate the equivalence of the operation of the AB members. A Peer Evaluation System is used as the control mechanism to ensure constantly competent services are delivered according to harmonized standards. Upon positive evaluation outcome, the accreditation body may sign the Arrangement between accreditation bodies, confirming systematic reliability and competence of the results produced by accredited organizations to the market.
For this Arrangement different terms have emerged, MLA (Multilateral Recognition Arrangement) is used by IAF, whereas MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement) is used by ILAC.
Be a member of ILAC/IAF
Comply with ISO/IEC 17011
Have undertaken a Self-Assessment
Have carried out at least one accreditation in the respective scope
Meet the suitable requirements for PT (For lab Abs)
Have implemented a cross frontier accreditation policy in accordance with appropriate ILAC and/or IAF guides
Offer relevant training for AB staff
Shall prepare the entire documentation written or translated into English
And so on...