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ISO CASCO/DEVCO Workshop on Product and Management System Certification in Developing Countries


New York, Sep 10, 2003

The ISO Committees on Conformity Assessment (ISO/CASCO) and Developing Countries Matters (ISO/DEVCO) will hold a workshop on product and management system certification on November 4, 2003, in Geneva, Switzerland. Both the workshop and a related training seminar are targeted at executives and experts of ISO member bodies in developing countries, particularly those with responsibilities for conformity assessment activities.

The workshop aims to contrast third-party certification with other existing conformity assessment alternatives. Attendees will gain an improved understanding of the relative need, types, and possible service delivery options for certification activities in developing countries and in countries in transition. Speakers will discuss models with voluntarily or mandatory certification requirements, and update the group on the relevant ISO/IEC conformity assessment standards and guides that are currently published or being prepared or revised.

This workshop will bring together presenters from various backgrounds to discuss these issues, and will also include an opportunity for workshop participants to address the following topics in small groups from the perspective of developing countries and countries in transition:

  • the future of mutual recognition of certifications
  • certification of green-house gas emissions
  • certification activities by ISO members

The 2003 CASCO plenary meeting will take place in Geneva November 6-7; to segue between the two events, the ISO Central Secretariat has arranged a familiarization and training session for November 5 on the development of international conformity assessment guides and standards. Both the workshop and training seminar are targeted at executives and experts of ISO member bodies in developing countries, particularly those with responsibilities for conformity assessment activities.

For more information, or to express an interest in attending these events, please contact Sara Desautels (sdesaute@ansi.org; 212-642-4937), ANSI program manager and secretary of the Institute’s International Conformity Assessment Committee (ICAC). The ICAC will coordinate the ANSI delegation.

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