International Recognition of National Accreditation System to Help Russian Exporters Save Expenses
The Federal Accreditation Service (Rosaccreditation) has acceded to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC MRA). This was announced at the meeting of the General Assembly of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) in Vancouver.
At the official ceremony, Alexey Khersontsev, head of the Federal Accreditation Service, was handed over the Mutual Recognition Arrangement of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation for Testing and Calibration (ISO/IEC 17025), which was signed by Khersontsev and Merih Malmqvist Nilsson, ILAC Chairman. The ceremony was attended by Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Savva Shipov (the Rosaccreditation ex-head).
The Rosaccreditation’s joining the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, a global international accreditation organization, became possible after the formal accession of the Rosaccreditation to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement of the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC MRA).
Joining ILAC MRA means a global recognition of the national accreditation system activities and the beginning of a new stage in the program for supporting Russian exports.
"The status of the ILAC MRA participant opens new opportunities for domestic exporters when Russian products are exported not only to Asia-Pacific markets, but also to dozens of other markets. This club membership means that the Rosaccreditation has joined a global partnership, after that the testing laboratories accredited by the Service will be able to place the ILAC MRA mark in their protocols with the permission from the Rosaccreditation. This will make it easier for Russian exporters to promote their products, since, in order to enter many foreign markets, the ILAC MRA mark in production test protocols is a prerequisite for international recognition of the results of tests conducted in Russia," said Alexey Khersontsev.
"The international recognition of the Russian accreditation system is an important step towards improving conformity assessment and simplifying export of Russian products. A large number of people have been engaged in developing the project for six years, and I want to congratulate them on this significant achievement and thank them for their work," said Savva Shipov.
He also stressed that all key decisions in the field of accreditation were made on the basis of the principles of openness and transparency, involving representatives of the expert and professional community as members of the Public Council under the Rosaccreditation.
According to the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, the next step should be signing of a similar agreement with the International Accreditation Forum, as well as entering into intergovernmental agreements with Russia’s trading partner countries.
The Rosaccreditation became the 92nd participant of the ILAC MRA that unites 92 accreditation bodies in 95 world economies and provides for mutual recognition by the signatories of accreditation within the declared area and based on equivalence of the procedures used for accreditation of conformity assessment bodies. In practice, such recognition is an important tool used by participants in international trade to ensure favorable conditions for promoting their commodities to overseas markets.
ILAC stands for the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation established in 1977 to advance international cooperation for boosting trade development by promoting acceptance of accreditation results and calibration tests. In 1996, ILAC became an official cooperation, with the main purpose of creating ties between accreditation bodies around the globe. On November 2, 2000, in Washington, D.C., 36 accreditation bodies from 28 countries signed the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement, which was designed to boost development of the international trading system by recognizing test and calibration results obtained in laboratories of different countries. Accreditation allows for making an informed decision when choosing a laboratory, as it demonstrates its competence, impartiality and capabilities.
Joining the ILAC and the IAF does not automatically mean free circulation of goods, since requirements for products and research methods can vary significantly from one country to another. Real recognition of certificates can be ensured either within regional associations such as the Eurasian Economic Union, where a uniform accreditation procedure is backed up by equivalent requirements in other areas, or through conclusion of bilateral government agreements.