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Aplac its role and structure
APLAC - ITS ROLE AND STRUCTURE

APLAC PR 007 issue no 34


Aplac its role structure
APLAC - ITS ROLE & STRUCTURE

  • What is APLAC?

  • The Role of APLAC

  • Structure of APLAC

  • Accreditation

  • APLAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement

  • APLAC MRA - supporting G2G MRAs and trade in the APEC region

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Asia pacific laboratory accreditation cooperation
Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation

  • Established 1992

  • Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) inaugural signing 1997

  • Inaugural signing of extended MRA for inspection November 2003

  • Inaugural signing of extended MRA for RMP December 2007

  • Incorporated in 2006: APLAC Constitution

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Aplac membership
APLAC Membership

  • Laboratory, inspection body and reference material producer (RMP) accreditation bodies in APEC economies

  • Laboratory, inspection body and reference material producer (RMP) accreditation bodies in other economies with approval of three-fourths majority

  • Commitment to compliance with ISO/IEC 17011

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Aplac membership ctd
APLAC Membership ctd

  • Laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 (ISO 15189 for medical laboratories)

  • Inspection bodies accredited to ISO/IEC 17020

  • RMPs accredited to ISO Guide 34

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Current aplac membership
Current APLAC Membership

  • All APEC economies except Chile

  • Also Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

  • 38 full members

  • 9 associate members

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Aplac full members
APLAC Full Members

  • Australia: NATA

  • Brunei Darussalam

  • Canada: SCC; CALA; QMP-LS

  • People’s Republic of China: CNAS

  • Hong Kong China: HKAS

  • India: NABL, NABCB

  • Indonesia: KAN

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APLAC Full Membership, ctd

  • Japan: JAB; IAJapan; VLAC

  • Korea: KOLAS

  • Malaysia: Standards Malaysia

  • Mexico: ema

  • Mongolia: MNAS

  • New Zealand: IANZ

  • Pakistan: PNAC

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APLAC Full Membership, ctd

  • Papua New Guinea: PNGLAS

  • Peru: Indecopi

  • Philippines: PAO

  • Russia: AAC Analitica

  • Singapore: SAC

  • Sri Lanka: SLAB

  • Chinese Taipei: TAF

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APLAC Full Membership, ctd

  • Thailand: BLQS-DMSc; BLA-DSS; NSC-ONAC

  • USA: A2LA; ACLASS & FQS; AIHA-LAP, LLC ; IAS; A-S-B; NVLAP; PJLA Inc.

  • Vietnam: BoA

  • Australasia: JAS-ANZ

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Aplac associate membership
APLAC Associate Membership

  • Australia: PTA

  • Bangladesh: BAB

  • Bhutan, NAFP

  • Korea: KTR; NIER; RRA; KASTO

  • Chinese Taipei: NIEA

  • Thailand: FHI 360 (Thailand Office)

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Aplac s role
APLAC’s Role

  • Development of laboratory, inspection body, RMP and PTP accreditation procedures and practices in the APEC region

  • Promotion of laboratory, inspection body and RMP accreditation as a trade facilitation tool

  • Assistance to developing accreditation systems

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Aplac s role1
APLAC’s Role

  • Recognition of competent test and calibration facilities, inspection bodies and reference material producers in the APEC region

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APLAC’s Role

  • Cooperation with other regional laboratory and inspection body accreditation organisations such as EA, IAAC, SADCA, AFRAC

  • Strong links with APEC SCSC & other APEC Specialist Regional Bodies, APLMF, APMP, PAC, PASC

  • APLAC is a recognised Regional Cooperation Body of ILAC

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Aplac s structure
APLAC’s Structure

  • General Assembly

  • Board of Management

  • MRA Council

  • 5 permanent Committees

    • Proficiency Testing Committee

    • Public Information Committee

    • Technical Committee

    • Training Committee

    • Nominations Committee

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APLAC’s Structure

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APLAC’s Structure

  • Board of Management

    • meets at least twice a year

    • oversees management of APLAC’s activities

    • oversees the work of the APLAC committees

  • Committees report to members at each annual General Assembly

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Proficiency testing
Proficiency Testing

  • Calibration

  • Measurement (some with APMP)

  • Testing

  • Inter-regional Programs

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Public information
Public Information

  • “APLAC News Notes” published every 3 months by a different APLAC member each time

  • Publicity and information material

  • APLAC website: http://www.aplac.org

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Technical
Technical

  • Guidance and interpretation documents

    • APLAC documents

      • management reviews; internal audits

      • reporting compliance with a specification

      • measurement uncertainty in testing

      • guidance on ISO/IEC 17020

      • guidance for food testing laboratories

      • guidance on accreditation of RMPs

    • adoption of ILAC and EA documents

  • Input into ILAC documents

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Training
Training

  • Accreditation body staff

  • APLAC & ILAC MRA evaluators

  • Train the trainers

    • Technical assessors

    • Laboratory staff

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Aplac primary objective
APLAC - Primary Objective

  • Acceptance of test, calibration and inspection reports and reference material certificates amongst all signatories’ economies

    • demands mutual confidence in technical competence

  • Confidence cannot be legislated

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Aplac subsidiary objectives
APLAC - Subsidiary Objectives

  • Information exchange

  • Exchange of experts

  • Training

  • Proficiency Testing

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Aplac mra signatories

NATA

CALA

QMP-LS

SCC

CNAS

HKAS

NABCB

NABL

KAN

JAB

IAJapan

VLAC

KOLAS

Standards Malaysia

ema

MNAS

IANZ

PNGLAS

APLAC MRA Signatories

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PNAC

PAO

AAC Analitica

SAC

SLAB

TAF

BLA-DSS

BLQS-DMSc

NSC-ONAC

AIHA-LAP, LLC

A2LA

ACLASS & FQS

A-S-B

IAS

NVLAP

PJLA Inc.

BoA

JAS-ANZ

APLAC MRA Signatories ctd

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Accreditation
Accreditation

  • Assessment of laboratory, inspection body and RMP performance against international criteria (ISO/IEC 17025; ISO/IEC 17020; ISO Guide 34)

  • Means of determining competence of laboratories, inspection bodies and RMPs to perform specific measurements, calibrations, tests or inspections, or to certify reference materials competently

  • Formal recognition of that competence

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Accreditation ctd
Accreditation ctd

  • 3rd party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks (ISO/IEC 17000)

  • Key phrases

    • competence

    • specific…. tasks

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Accreditation ctd

  • Demonstrated competence

    • Specific tests

    • Defined measurements

    • Types of calibrations

    • Particular testing techniques

    • Specific types of inspections

    • Specific types of reference materials

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Accreditation ctd

  • Technical competence

  • Integrity

  • Transparency (as defined by WTO TBT)

  • Fairness

  • Scope of accreditation

    • products; types of test parameters types of inspections;matrices

    • measurement techniques, range, accuracy

    • test specification; test method

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ISO/IEC

17025/17020

Supplementary,

Field-specific

criteria (eg Electrical Testing)

Technical Requirements of Specific Test Methods and Procedures

Accreditation Hierarchy of

Criteria

1 General technical competence and systems compliance criteria

2 Additional field-specific criteria, eg for emc testing laboratories

3 Additional test, calibration, inspection method criteria

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Accreditation Hierarchy of Criteria

ISO/IEC

17025/17020

Supplementary,

Field-specific

criteria (eg Electrical Testing)

Technical Requirements of Specific Test Methods and Procedures

Regulatory Requirements

1 General technical competence and systems compliance criteria

2 Additional field-specific criteria, eg for emc testing laboratories

3 Additional test, calibration, inspection method criteria

4 Additional, regulator-specific criteria (eg reporting formats, labelling etc)

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Aplac mra
APLAC MRA

  • Single multilateral MRA for testing and calibration, 1997

  • Extended to include inspection, 2003

  • ISO 15189 separated out, 2007

  • Extended to include RMP, 2007

  • Replaced network of bilateral MRAs

  • Regional component of global ILAC Arrangement, November 2000 (test and calibration only)

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APLAC MRA ctd

  • Facility accredited by one MRA partner has equivalent competence to facility accredited by other partners

  • Each signatory acknowledges equivalence of all other signatories

  • Signatories demonstrate compliance with ISO/IEC 17011

  • Procedure: APLAC MR 001

  • Re-evaluation every 4 years maximum

    • shorter interval for various causes

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Aplac procedure mr 001
APLAC Procedure MR 001

  • Application; pre-evaluation; evaluation

  • Maintenance of signatory status

  • Criteria for accreditation bodies

    • ISO/IEC 17011

  • Qualifications of evaluators

    • Expanded on in APLAC MR 004

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Aplac procedure mr 001 ctd
APLAC Procedure MR 001 ctd

  • Criteria for accredited bodies

    • ISO/IEC 17025: laboratories

    • ISO 15189: medical laboratories

    • ISO/IEC 17020: inspection bodies

    • ISO Guide 34: RMPs

    • ISO Guide 43: PTPs

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Aplac mra supplementary requirements
APLAC MRA - Supplementary Requirements

  • Access to appropriate measurement traceability system

  • Avoidance of conflict of interest

  • Confidentiality

  • Access to adequate comprehensive proficiency testing programs

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Aplac mra evaluation team
APLAC MRA - Evaluation Team

  • Peer review

  • Balance of skills and technical expertise

  • Evaluators

    • experienced in laboratory accreditation

    • technical expertise

    • proficiency testing experience

    • free from conflict of interest

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Aplac mra evaluation
APLAC MRA - Evaluation

  • Preparation

  • On-site visit

    • accreditation body

    • accredited & applicant facilities

  • Report

    • corrective actions identified

    • acceptance of corrective actions

    • schedule for implementation

  • Full review by APLAC MRA Council

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Aplac mra maintenance of signatory status
APLAC MRA - Maintenance of Signatory Status

  • Accreditation body notifies changes

    • name; legal status; organisation structure

    • key staff

    • operational procedures

  • Re-evaluation

    • maximum every 4 years

    • after a shorter period with due cause

    • focus on changes

    • new team leader

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Aplac mra assisting trade
APLAC MRA - Assisting Trade

  • APLAC MRA enhances acceptance of test, calibration and inspection reports, and RM certificates amongst signatory economies

  • APLAC MRA signatories recognise equivalence of each others’ accredited facilities

  • APLAC MRA is an international recognition for accredited laboratories, inspection bodies and RMPs

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APLAC MRA - Assisting Trade

  • APLAC MRA reduces or eliminates need for re-testing or re-inspection of imported goods

  • Entry into global ILAC Arrangement (for testing and calibration only)

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Aplac mra regulators
APLAC MRA & Regulators

  • Laboratories and inspection bodies accredited for compliance with domestic & foreign regulations

  • MRA evaluations assure competence to assess to domestic & foreign regulations

  • APLAC MRA underpins APEC G2G MRAs

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Contact aplac
Contact APLAC

  • website: http://www.aplac.org

  • email: [email protected]

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