International Cooperation

International cooperation removes the technical barriers to trade and makes it easier for countries to do business with each other. This helps boost economies, streamline operations, save money and build confidence in the marketplace.

JAS-AAS supports international cooperation by establishing arrangements with accreditation bodies operating around the world.

These arrangements mean countries recognize and accept each other’s certificates and inspection reports. This reduces the time, money and effort involved in re-certifying or re-inspecting. It makes it more efficient for one country to do business with another country.

We are going to establish the arrangements with:

  1. International Accreditation Forum (IAF): The world association of bodies interested in conformity assessment in the fields of management systems, products, services, personal and other programs of conformity assessment.
  2. International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC): An international cooperation of laboratory and inspection accreditation bodies formed more than 30 years ago to help remove technical barriers to trade.
  3. Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC): An association of accreditation bodies and other interested parties whose objective is to facilitate trade and commerce among economies in the Asia Pacific region.
  4. Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC): A cooperation of accreditation bodies in Asia Pacific that accredit laboratories, inspection bodies and reference material producers.
  5. Multilateral Cooperative Accreditation Arrangement (MCAA): An international arrangement for quality management systems, environmental management systems and Australian forest certification.

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