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On February 28, 2022, the DTI-Philippine Accreditation Bureau’s Management System Accreditation Division (PAB-MSAD) convened an online stakeholders’ forum with representatives from the fields of management, product, and person certification. A total of 47 stakeholders from the private and public sectors attended the event.

This yearly activity is held to ensure that updates and other development on PAB’s accreditation services and requirements are communicated to its stakeholders.

PAB Director James E. Empeño officially welcomed the participants, adding that their presence and involvement served as a reminder to PAB of its commitment in providing excellence in accreditation of conformity assessment services.

The PAB-MSAD 2021 Accomplishments, the Role, Objectives, and Benefits of Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs), Updates on the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and ISO’s Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO), PAB’s Involvement in the Task Force for Counterfeit Certificates, PAB’s Collaboration with Regulators, PAB’s Accreditation Requirements on Witness Audit, and Payment Procedures, are among the topics discussed at the forum.

Ms. Maria Paula B. Domingo, Director of the DBM-SPIB (Department of Budget and Management – Systems and Productivity Improvement Bureau), was also present at the forum to discuss the Agency’s Engagement with Certification Bodies (CBs) on the Validation of ISO Quality Management System (QMS) Certifications of Government Agencies.

PAB’s emerging new scheme on International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is another focus of the event. Ms. Sofia Paula R. Fulmaran, a representative from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), gave an overview of the CORSIA, which was followed by an in-depth presentation of the entire project by Ms. Monica Bonfanti, an ICAO CORSIA Expert from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

During the open forum, participants were also given the opportunity to ask questions, get clarifications, and express their concerns.

PAB Asst. Director Ernani M. Dionisio concluded the session by thanking the attendees for their active involvement and urging them to offer honest feedback, observations, and other suggestions for the betterment of PAB’s accreditation services delivery.

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Release Date: 07 March 2022.