RusAccreditation invites an international management systems assessor to lecture in Russia

June 14, 2017


June 9 is the World Accreditation Day. The holiday was established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Organization (ILAC) and aims to unite the professional community.

To honor the celebration, the Federal Service for Accreditation has invited a key expert in the area of management systems audit, a member of ISO/CASCO and the Business Development and Partnerships Director of Corporate International Affairs of French Standardization Association (AFNOR), Alister Dalrymple to lecture in Russia on Practical aspects of ensuring compliance with the requirements of the accreditation of management systems certification bodies.

The internationally reputed expert in standardization, certification and management systems met representatives of the Russian professional, business and scientific communities, federal executive agencies and mass media in Moscow, in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

Head of Federal Service for Accreditation Alexey Khersontsev started off the event. He began with the words of gratitude to Alister Dalrymple for the visit and thanked co-organizers for their support of the event. After that he noted that, while current interaction of the market and the Service is mostly related to issues of goods certification and conformity assessment, the modern trend is related to development of various process certification systems and management certification.

“Future development of accreditation and conformity assessment systems is related exactly to this area, and the business is getting more and more trust in such systems,” – said the head of the Service.

The seminar of over 100 participants was moderated by Deputy Head of Federal Accreditation Service Sergey Migin. During the lectures, he asked the international expert questions acute for the Russian professional community.

Alister Dalrymple talked about international approaches to conformity assessment of management system certification bodies, as well as development of new certification systems and usage of standard systems and ISO, CASCO and IAF tools. He elaborated on issues related to assessment of professional conformity of employees at certification bodies, on controversy between approaches of expertise and qualification, on risk assessment and integration of risk-based thinking, matters of organizational set-up and operations management of certification bodies and provision of principles of impartiality and independence thereof; he provided some case studies and real-world examples.

The event was organized by the National Institute of Accreditation of the Federal Service for Accreditation in compliance with The Plan of Topical Seminars for 2017 approved by RusAccreditation.

Video of the lectures is available at the RusAccreditation website.

Reference Information

Alister Dalrymple is a world-known, internationally reputed expert in the area of standardization, certification and management systems. He is a member of the Committee on Conformity Assessment at International Organization for Standardization (ISO/CASCO), Co-Chairman of ISO/CASCO working group 42 on General requirements for accreditation bodies and Co-Chairman of a working group of International Accreditation Forum (IAF) on multi-sided certification of organizations.  

He has taken part in the development of the ISO/IEC 17021 “Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems”, which stipulates new requirements towards audit of management systems and expertise of auditors and is aimed to boost the significance of management system certification in both public and private economy sectors all over the world. Alister Dalrymple co-authored with Randy Dougherty a text-book on the second edition of ISO/IEC 17021.

Since 1993, he has held management positions in French Standardization Association (Association Française de Normalisation – AFNOR). Today, he is the Head of International Business Development and Partnerships at AFNOR. AFNOR’s activity covers standardization, certification, metrology and quality management. Over thirty standardization branch bureaus involved in the development of French national standards are working under AFNOR’s guidance. 

Ensuring compliance with the requirements of the accreditation of management system certification bodies. Practical aspects. Alister Dalrymple