IAAC is a Regional Cooperation Body recognized by IAF and ILAC

The Inter American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) has been accepted as a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangment (MRA) for the scope of Inspection Bodies as of October 2012.

IAAC is also a signatory to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), Multi Lateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for the scopes of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and Product Certification Bodies.

Additionally, IAAC is a signatory to the ILAC MRA for the scopes of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.

IAAC is now a signatory to six MLA/MRA scopes culminating years of hard work undertaken by accreditation bodies members in the Americas who contributed their share to achieve this historic milestone. IAAC joins the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) and the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) as having been granted Regional Body recognition within IAF. Regional Cooperation Bodies that are recognized by ILAC are the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) and the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA).

What does this mean to us as members of IAAC? We are recognized members of the international accreditation communities. We are expected to promote and abide by ILAC and IAF Arrangements and to participate in ILAC and IAF activities. There are numerous committees in both organizations that are working on activities of interest to our region. A visit to the IAF website at or the ILAC site at will give you a background on each organization and lists of committees and contact information.

Congratulations to all IAAC members and thank you to all who have contributed to this accomplishment!

IAAC Promotions Subcommittee

IAAC program to promote the IAF Multi-lateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) and the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA)



Testing and Calibration Laboratories MRA

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Inspection Bodies MRA

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Quality Management Systems Certification MLA

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Environmental Management Systems Certification MLA

and Product Certification MLA

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