RusAccreditation joins ILAC MRA

October 30, 2017

Moscow. 30th of October. INTERFAX.RU - The Federal Service for Accreditation (RusAccreditation) has joined the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA), as reported by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia press service on Monday.

The official ceremony took place during the General Assembly of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) in Vancouver. The ceremony was attended by the Head of RusAccreditation Alexey Khersontsev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Savva Shipov and ILAC Chair Merih Malmqvist Nilson.

It was reported that RusAccreditation has already joined the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement (APLAC MRA) in June this year.

"The ILAC MRA participant status opens new opportunities for domestic exporters when Russian products are exported not only to the markets of the Asia-Pacific region, but also to the markets of dozens of other countries. The membership in this club means that RusAccreditation has joined a global partnership and after that the accredited testing laboratories will be able to use the ILAC MRA Mark on their protocols with the permission of RusAccreditation. This will make it easier for Russian exporters to promote their products since the presence of the ILAC MRA Mark on the production testing protocols is a mandatory condition for the recognition of testing results performed in Russia abroad to enter many foreign markets," Khersontsev said.

S. Shipov noted that the next step should include signing of a similar arrangement with the International Accreditation Forum, as well as the conclusion of intergovernmental agreements with the trading partners of Russia.

RusAccreditation became the 92nd participant of the ILAC MRA, an arrangement that unites 92 accreditation bodies from 95 world economies and "provides mutual recognition of accreditation by signatories within the declared scope and on the basis of equivalence of product certification used for accreditation of conformity assessment bodies."

"Such recognition is an important tool used by international trade participants to ensure favorable environment for the promotion of their goods in foreign markets,"- the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade noted.

"Joining ILAC and IAF does not automatically mean free circulation of goods because the requirements for products and methods of research can differ significantly from one country to another. Real recognition of the certificates may be ensured either within regional associations, such as Eurasian Economic Union, where a uniform accreditation procedure is backed up by equivalent requirements in other areas, or through signing of bilateral governmen agreements," - the representatives of the Ministry added.

// // Interfax