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Voice of Industry Requested by International Accreditation Forum

New York, Jan 26, 2007

The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has issued a call for industry participation at a forum to explore the needs and expectations of businesses seeking certification of their quality and environmental management systems (for such standards as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001).

This “Industry Day” discussion will be held on March 28, 2007, in San Francisco, California, in conjunction with meetings of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF)—the global association of accreditation bodies assessing competence of certifiers of management systems, products, services, and personnel. IAF’s primary function is to develop a single worldwide program of conformity assessment that reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring the integrity of accredited certificates.

“This will be the first major event hosted by IAF to bring together industry representatives and stakeholders of the conformity assessment process to discuss their needs and expectations,” explained ANAB president Robert King. ANAB is the U.S. host for Industry Day and the midyear 2007 IAF technical committee meetings.

The program will engage IAF leaders, speakers from around the globe and participants from a diverse cross-section of industry sectors in a discussion of the deliverables IAF should provide to meet current marketplace needs. Input will be requested on topics such as:

  • expectations and results throughout the value chain: from standards developer to accredited body to certified supplier
  • the value of accredited certification programs across industry sectors
  • “good” and “bad” performance characteristics of accredited certification activities

There is no fee for participation by industry guests, but advance registration is required.

According to Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI vice president of accreditation services and a member of the Industry Day 2007 planning committee, this event “signifies the launch of a new outreach campaign to increasingly engage end-users in an expanded and ongoing role in IAF itself, and the ultimate fulfillment of its mission.”

The Industry Day event will be followed by a two-day meeting of the ANSI Company Member Forum (CMF).

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