• The IAF - Its Value in Certification Globally


The IAF - Its Value in Certification Globally


Natalia Larrimer, Specialist, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs, ANAB, Alexandria, VA, USA


IAF, Accreditation, Certification





What allows a certificate issued in one country to be recognized around the world?

The work, principles, and system of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) allow or certified products, processes, and services from one region or country to be accepted in other regions and countries.

IAF is a network of accreditation bodies, certification bodies, certified organizations, and other stakeholders with an interest in conformity assessment that work together to ensure equivalent conformity assessment procedures are developed and implemented around the world.

This session will provide a detailed explanation of IAF, the IAF MLA, and IAF’s impact on the operations of accrediting bodies, certification bodies, and certified organizations globally.

Participants will learn how and why the IAF MLA mark may or may not appear on certificates, products, and organizations’ promotional materials; the meaning and intent behind different types of memberships, the impact of the membership level of an accreditation body on certification bodies it accredits and, in turn on, certified organizations; and the process for recognition of accreditation bodies and the importance of scopes.

The session will also provide overview of IAF’s relationship with regional cooperations such as the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and the InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), and the difference between certification programs that are recognized and incorporated under the MLA vs. certification programs for which there is an MoU with the IAF.

At the end of the session, participants will understand the complexity of IAF and when they should request an accredited certificate with the IAF MLA mark or a certificate issued by a certification body accredited by an accreditation body recognized under the IAF MLA.