June 27, 2017
RusAccreditation officially joined the Mutual Recognition Arrangement of the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC MRA), – said the Head of the Department Alexey Khersontsev at a briefing held in Moscow on Tuesday.
According to him, he signed the relevant document with APLAC management at the annual joint meeting of the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation and the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation.
A. Khersontsev noted that RusAccreditation became the 39th participant of APLAC MRA, an agreement that unites accreditation agencies of the largest economies of the Asia Pacific Region and provides for mutual recognition of accreditation. In particular, APLAC participants, according to him, included countries such as China, USA, Australia, India, Iran, Canada, Mexico and others.
The Head of RusAccreditation explained that he had already held a number of meetings with the heads of similar agencies in the APR countries, including representatives of China, where he discussed the issues of mutual recognition of the results related to testing laboratories. Per him, a number of countries are organized in such a way that the country's accession to APLAC agreement is necessary, but still insufficient to recognize the protocols of testing laboratories from other countries, and it is necessary to conclude bilateral agreements with these countries for mutual recognition of test results for some types of products.
A. Khersontsev said that by the end of the summer, the Ministry of Economic Development and RusAccreditation will develop additional requirements for accredited testing laboratories in Russia, so that the laboratories, that accept these requirements, receive an opportunity from RusAccreditation to conduct tests under the mark of APLAC MRA. In his assessment, approximately 20-30% of the accredited laboratories in Russia can show interest in obtaining such mark.
In his turn, Deputy Head of the RF Ministry of Economic Development Savva Shipov, emphasized that RusAccreditation accession to APLAC is an important and necessary step to full membership in the international accreditation system of ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, including without limitation EU).
The RF expects that it will be able to join ILAC already in November 2017 during the general assemblies of this organization in Vancouver.
S. Shipov emphasized that full membership in these organizations is an important step in solving the task of developing non-resource exports from the RF and will primarily help small and medium-sized businesses in developing new markets, as businesses will not have to retest their products in these countries, which will save material and time resources, accordingly.