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Links to recent and upcoming INAB Webinars

24th February 2022; INAB Assessor Webinar

INAB will host a half-day webinar for our assessors on February 24th 2022. Participation at the webinar ensures that active and new assessors benefit from an open platform, where discussions on INAB policy issues take place and with the opportunity to further harmonise the accreditation process. INAB currently hold this forum every two years - this will be the first time we will run it virtually.

15th October 2021; IAF Informative and Mandatory Documents

Speaker - James Stapleton (INAB assessment manager)
15th October 2021 10.00am

This webinar gives a brief overview of IAF informative and mandatory documents. 

Informative Documents (ID Series)

IAF Informative Documents reflect the consensus of IAF Members on specific subjects and are intended to support the consistent application of requirements. IAF Members and their accredited bodies are not obliged to use or comply with these documents. 

Mandatory Documents (MD Series)

IAF Mandatory Documents are required to be used by accreditation bodies when accrediting certification or validation/verification bodies, to assure that they operate their programs in a consistent and equivalent manner. 

11th June 2021; ISO/IEC 17020 and application of P15

Speaker - Sinead Guckian
11th June 2021

The webinar gave an outline of changes to ILAC P15. This document provides information for use by both accreditation bodies and inspection bodies on the application of ISO/IEC 17020.

This most recent revision of ILAC P15 includes updates as a result of clarification requests and the experience gained in the application of the previous version of ILAC P15 and ISO/IEC 17020:2012. It also includes guidance on the use of emerging technologies (e.g. drones, artificial intelligence) in inspection which are not addressed in ISO/IEC 17020:2012.

23rd April 2021; Accreditation according to ISO 20387

Speaker - Brid Burke
23rd April 2021

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The ISO 20387:2018 standard “Biotechnology – General requirements for biobanking” specifies general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of biobanks, including quality control requirements to ensure biological material and data collections are produced and maintained appropriately.  

This standard is applicable to all organisations performing biobanking, including biobanking of biological material from multicellular organisms (e.g. human, animal, fungus and plant) and microorganisms for research and development. It does not apply to biological material intended for food/feed production, laboratories undertaking analysis for food/feed production, and/or therapeutic use. 

Relevant EU / Irish legislation will also be applicable for any biobanks applying for accreditation. 

INAB has just begun to offer accreditation in this area and will open the scheme for applicants from 1st April 2021.   

1st October 2020; Brexit - Implications for Accreditation

Speaker - Dr. Adrienne Duff, INAB Manager 
1st October 2020

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pdf iconBrexit Q&A for Accreditation Session



Links to INAB Podcasts

Accreditation – an overview and the benefits

Remco Klop speaks to the Health and Safety Authority about his work as an Accreditation Officer, and describes the accreditation process and its benefits for Irish businesses.

 Accreditation Matters - IAF & ILAC

Accreditation Matters Podcast Promo

A podcast that discusses the accreditation matters and spreads information on the importance of Quality infrastructure for the three sustainable development pillars: People, planet and prosperity.

Ep1: Our Role in Quality Infrastructure

Role of accreditation and accredited conformity assessment services in the Quality Infrastructure.

Ep2: Our role in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance)

This episode is about the role of accreditation and accredited conformity assessment in enabling and approving ESG declarations (Environmental, Social and Governance). Episode 2 host is Rebecca Sheehan from ILAC secretariat Our two guests are: + Emanuele Riva : IAF Chair + Ron Josias: AFRAC Chair Case studies gathered from around the world on the use of accredited conformity assessment its business benefits are available in the following two websites: Public Sector Assurance website : Business Benefits website: Coming up in this episode(0:00) Podcast promo video (0:20) Episode introduction (1:15) Guests introduction (2:08) What is ESG and why it is so important? (4:04) How does accreditation support ESG? (6:47) Breaking down the elements of E S G (9:13) Is ESG covered under ILAC and IAF arrangements? (14:08) IAF Sustainability Working group (17:36) Social welfare and corporate governance (21:00) Support to regulators (26:29) Closing remarks(31:00)

Ep3: Digital and technological advance for accredited conformity assessment

Welcome to the third of IAF and ILAC’s podcast series, Accreditation Matters. This podcast series features discussions with international experts on important matters about the international quality infrastructure and the way that accreditation and accredited conformity assessment supports business, regulators, governments and consumers.

In our first episode, we explored the role of accreditation and accredited conformity assessment services within the quality infrastructure community, highlighting the importance of accreditation and the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement/ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement.

In the second episode, we examined the role accreditation plays in issues of ESG, Environmental, Social and Governance.

In this third Accreditation Matters episode, we will be discussing the role of technology in delivering trustworthy, effective, and valuable accredited conformity assessment.

Ep4: Our Role in Enabling the Circular Economy

When we talk about circular economy, as we all know it is an alternative to highly extractive and resource intensive linear economy principle which replaces the end of life concept with three Rs concept and focuses on the usage of selection of materials, products, processes for waste elimination. It aims at retaining value of resources, products and materials by using them as long as possible and minimizing the wastage of the life cycles and at each life cycle stage. And there is no denying that the implementation of circular economy approaches can in fact lead to material cost savings and increase the profits. So when we look at the global communities stand it is nothing but for the economic growth which comes at an ecological cost there is a need that we introduce this concept of circular economy so that we have a potential to provide new opportunities for trade and create jobs. As well as the global corporations are expanding I would like to emphasize that TIC sector and the accreditation community plays a critical role in positioning at the center to facilitate this transition to circular economy which requires the role of TIC sector standards, accreditation community, different stakeholders in this whole ecosystem so that these sectors can contribute as an independent third party to verify the circular economy claims made by the manufacturing companies as well as instill trust among the relevant stakeholders. The Host of this episode of Accreditation Matters Podcast is Dr. Aparna Dhawan and our two guests are Dr. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento and Dr. Stephanie Vehring.

Ep5: Accreditation's Vital Role in Shaping the Future of Sustainability

Welcome to the fifth episode of the ILAC/IAF Podcast, titled "Accreditation's Vital Role in Shaping the Future of Sustainability." In this episode, we explore the crucial role that accreditation plays in the world of sustainability. Join our IAF Chair Emanuele, the host of this episode, as he discusses with Cesare, the Sustainability WG Co-convener, the impact of accreditation on sustainability practices. They delve into how accreditation bodies help ensure the credibility and reliability of sustainability claims in various sectors, including finance, public procurement, and international trade. Our guests shed light on how accreditation standards and processes are instrumental in addressing the challenges of greenwashing and providing trustworthy information about an organization's sustainability performance. They emphasize that sustainability reporting is not just a European concern but has global implications. The podcast also highlights the convergence of regulatory frameworks worldwide, emphasizing the need for a common standard to evaluate sustainability claims accurately. Accreditation bodies are working to create a level playing field for organizations across the globe, ensuring that sustainability reporting is transparent, consistent, and based on performance metrics. Listeners will gain insights into the growing importance of accreditation in sustainability, as it helps organizations build trust with stakeholders, comply with evolving regulations, and navigate the complex landscape of sustainability reporting. This episode provides a compelling look into how accreditation is shaping the future of sustainability. Tune in to Episode 5 of the ILAC/IAF Podcast to learn more about the pivotal role accreditation plays in driving sustainability practices and ensuring a sustainable future for all. Don't forget to subscribe for more thought-provoking discussions on accreditation and its impact on various industries.