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NCSL International - Governance
The ILAC MRA Mark
Peter S. Unger
Now that the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) multi-lateral mutual recognition arrangement (MRA or simply the ILAC Arrangement) has been in force for almost four years with 53 signatories from 43 economies as of 1 January 2006, have we achieved our goal of "one test, one calibration, one accreditation accepted everywhere." The answer is only marginal at best. Part of the reason for such modest success is that purchasers, regulators and the general consuming public who look for accreditation as assurance of technical competence is neither familiar with internationally recognized accreditation body marks (or symbols) nor do they understand the intent of MRAs.
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