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The Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) was established on 1 January 2019 by the amalgamation of two former regional accreditation cooperations – the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) and the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC).
Role of APAC
APAC ‘s primary role is to manage and expand a mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) among accreditation bodies in the Asia Pacific region. The MRA facilitates the acceptance of conformity assessment results (e.g. test reports, test certificates, inspection reports, and certification) across the region and with other regions around the world. Conformity assessment results that are produced by conformity assessment bodies (CABs) that have been accredited by one APAC MRA signatory are accepted by all the other APAC MRA signatories. This mutual recognition and acceptance of conformity assessment results reduces the need to undertake duplicate testing, inspection or certification, thus saving time and money, increasing economic efficiency and facilitating international trade.
APAC’s members include accreditation bodies, accreditation focal points and other organisations that have an interest in accredited conformity assessment results.
APAC is recognized by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as one of four APEC Specialist Regional Bodies (SRBs) that support the work of the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance.
ema received the endorsement from the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) for compliance with the requirements of the NMXEC-17011-IMNC-2018 standard (ISO / IEC 17011: 2017) that is mandatory for every accreditation bodies in the world. The result was rated with zero nonconformities, that is, with an excellence rating.
ema, is the only Acreditation Body in Mexico competent for the development of its activities in the accreditation and surveillance of conformity assessment bodies in our country, operating and controlling its competitiveness at the international level according to senior managers requirement in terms of accreditation such as the new version of standard 17011.
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