ILAC’s 40th Anniversary

This year, ILAC is celebrating their 40 Year Anniversary.

ILAC first started as a conference, which was held on the 24th to 28th of October 1977 in Copenhagen, Denmark. ILAC was established with the aim of developing international cooperation for facilitating trade, by promoting the acceptance of accredited test and calibration results. Some of the significant milestones that have cemented ILAC’s global role in promoting accreditation include:

 

  • Amsterdam 1996 – ILAC became a formal cooperation with a charter to establish a network of mutual recognition arrangements among accreditation bodies
  • Gaithersburg 1997 – ILAC held their first General Assembly
  • In 2000, 36 of ILAC’s Full Members comprised of laboratory accreditation bodies from 28 economies worldwide, signed the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) in Washington DC. This aimed to promote the acceptance of test and calibration data for exported goods. This MRA came into effect on 31 January 2001
  • Kyoto 2001 – ILAC and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) began formalising their cooperation by holding their first combined General Assembly
  • ILAC became officially incorporated on the 3rd of January 2003 in the Netherlands, Amsterdam
  • On 9 June 2009, the IAF and ILAC first celebrated International Accreditation Day, now known and widely celebrated each year as World Accreditation Day
  • October 2012, the ILAC MRA was extended to include the accreditation of inspection bodies

ILAC’s growth and development has been significant as there are now 92 signatories (Full Members) to the Arrangement, representing 95 economies and with over 57,000 laboratories and 8,800 inspection bodies currently accredited by these Full Members.

As ILAC celebrates 40 years of growth and success, ILAC is also looking forward to continuing to develop and support trade, regulators and the health and environment in the general community through accreditation, with goals such as the extension of the ILAC MRA to include PTP and RMP accreditation.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

It is important to read this section before booking your flight to Vancouver.  New entry requirements for Canada are in effect.

There are new entry requirements in effect for Canada. If you did not need a Visa to enter Canada in the past, you are now required to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.

Click here to determine whether you need a Visa OR an ETa and apply online before arranging your flight. Various languages are supported including: العربية, 中文,  English, Francais, Deutsch, ελληνικά, Magyarul, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Polski, Português, Español.

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Where are the meetings located?
All meetings will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, located at
1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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How do I request a letter from IAF and ILAC for my Visa application?
When submitting your registration to attend the conference, you will be asked to enter more information if you require a Visa invitation.  If you are not sure if you require a Visa to enter Canada, you can find a list of countries who are required to apply for a Visa here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp

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