One of the key objectives of the accreditation system reform in Russia is to obtain international recognition, which in turn is achieved through the membership of national accreditation bodies in international organizations: the International Laboratory Accreditation Organization (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), Whose members are involved in the accreditation of certification bodies.
Currently, RusAccreditation is an associated member of the ILAC and Federal Service gets challenge to obtain full membership in ILAC. In addition, RusAccreditation is in the process to join IAF. In 2015, preparatory measures were carried out to obtain international recognition. A roadmap for ensuring the international integration of the national accreditation system has been approved, including the inclusion of RusAccreditation in the relevant regional and international organizations. The Government of the Russian Federation has issued orders to ensure the participation of the RusAccreditation in IAF activities (Russian Federation Government Executive Order No. 1735-r of September 4, 2015) and the Asia-Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Organization (APLAC) (Russian Federation Government Executive Order No. 2468 of December 2, 2015 -R).
In 2016 an on-site peer assessment of the Russian accreditation system by group of international APLAC experts took place. In 2017, it is planned to join the APLAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement.
Since May 2013 RusAccreditation has been an associated member of ILAC.
Since December 2015 RusAccreditation has been a member of APLAC.
On June 21, 2017 RusAccreditation joined APLAC MRA.
RusAccreditation takes part in the work of the Interstate Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification of the Commonwealth of Independence States (CIS), which is an intergovernmental body of the CIS on the formation and implementation of an agreed policy on standardization, metrology and certification.
On January 24th, 2014, a Memorandum on cooperation between the national accreditation bodies of the CIS member states was signed (Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine)
Within the cooperation framework with the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) in 2013-2015 was implemented the project "Approximation of the accreditation systems of Russia and the European Union".
Traditionally, the European Union and Russia have been major trading partners. Nevertheless, the exporters of the European Union, like the importers of Russia, face difficulties in the certification of goods due to the application of different standards and certification rules. Both sides show an interest in strengthening bilateral trade and investment relations, as well as in facilitating trade liberalization in the global economy. One of the important tools for supporting trade between the EU and Russia will be mutual recognition of the system of conformity assessment and accreditation system for conformity assessment bodies. To achieve this goal the project "Approximation of the accreditation systems of Russia and the European Union" was implemented.
While working together with the experts of the European cooperation on accreditation the detailed analysis was carried out on the text of the Federal Law "On accreditation in the national accreditation system" and on accompanying it subordinate legislation, as well as developed recommendations on improving both the legal framework and other components of the accreditation system in Russia to match International, and European requirements and standards.
The third stage of the project was implemented in 2015, during which the training seminars were held in all federal districts of Russia on the international standard ISO / IEC 17011 "Conformity assessment. General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies ". About 275 people took part in training seminars. 24 employees of RusAccreditation central office were trained as instructors of the main international standard of 17000 series.