The Philippine Accreditation Bureau-Management System Accreditation Division (PAB-MSAD) convened its Conformity Assessment Bodies’ (CABs) Forum to further gather insights from accredited and applicant CABs, refine accreditation processes, and introduce a new standard that CABs might be interested in implementing as one of their certification schemes.

The online forum was conducted on Wednesday, 27 September 2023, detailing the updates on PAB-MSAD accreditation programs, PAB activities with other regulatory agencies, and discussion on ISO 21001- a standard that is now being adopted by educational institutions, among others.

Engr. Ma. Juanita P. Carpio, Chief of MSAD, provided a rundown of her division’s 2022-2023 accomplishments, current accreditation programs, and future programs or activities. She also included in her discussion the reminders on the responsibilities of both PAB and the CABs. This was followed by the topic of MSAD’s Billing Procedure and Schedule of Fees, presented by Mr. Dennis Belale, one of the Accreditation Officers under the MSAD team.

The presentation on the updates on the Collaboration with Regulators was discussed by Ms. Japhet Celis, Officer-in-Charge of the Promotion and Documentation Division. Ms. Celis reiterated that PAB is continuously coordinating and forming a collaboration with other government agencies to provide an efficient service to its clientele and help ensure the public has safe and high-quality products and services.

A team from the Bureau of the Philippine Standards (BPS) was also present during the forum to share some updates on the Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Ms. Geraldine Buela outlined the standards that have been developed, standards that are under development, and those that are already published as international standards. Division Chief Ma. Teresita Del Rosario and Ms. Myra Magabilin of the Standards Development Division also joined during the open forum to share updates and other information with the participants.

One of the highlights of the forum is the introduction of ISO 21001:2018 discussed by the founder and CEO of Center of Assessment for Excellence (COAE International) Arti Khosla. ISO 21001:2018 specifies requirements for a management system for educational organizations (EOMS).

During her discussion, Ms. Arti Khosla cited that one of the challenges that the education sector is facing right now is the competency of educators. She emphasized that this is why ISO 21001 is needed so that educators can update their competency skills and consistently deliver high-quality services to their learners. She also highlighted that not just educational organizations will benefit from the implementation of the standard, but also the learners worldwide as well as all interested parties.

In summary, ISO 21001 recognizes the critical role of competence within educational organizations management systems. Ensuring that staff members are competent in their roles is essential in delivering quality education, meeting the needs of the learners, and continually improving the management system’s effectiveness. The standard provides guidelines and requirements to help educational organizations establish and maintain competence among their personnel.

The CABs Forum is an annual event organized by the Philippine Accreditation Bureau, the national accreditation body of the Philippines, mandated by virtue of Executive Order No. 802 to accredit conformity assessment bodies like testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, medical laboratories, inspection bodies, and certification bodies.

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Release Date: 03 October 2023.