The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) marked its 30th anniversary this 2023, celebrating three decades of promoting a single worldwide program of conformity assessment in the fields of management systems, products, processes, services, personnel, validation and verification, and other similar programs of conformity assessment.

Founded in 1993, the IAF is a global association of accreditation bodies that provides a platform for its members to exchange ideas, best practices, and experiences in the field of accreditation and conformity assessment.

The Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO), which later became the Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB), has been a part of the organization since 2002. As the national accreditation body of the Philippines, PAB ensures that conformity assessment activities within the country comply with international standards through competent and impartial accreditation. Through its membership in the IAF, PAB has been able to participate in the development of international standards and practices, as well as benchmark its operations against other accreditation bodies worldwide.

PAB’s membership in the IAF has enabled it to promote the credibility of conformity assessment results issued by accredited organizations. It has also allowed PAB to participate in mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs) with other IAF members, facilitating the acceptance of accredited products and services across borders. This enhances trade opportunities for Philippine businesses, which can have their products and services recognized in other countries without the need for further testing or assessment.

The IAF’s 30th-anniversary celebration is an opportunity to recognize the organization’s vital role in advancing international trade and consumer protection through the development of a globally-recognized accreditation system. The event also provides an opportunity for PAB to reflect on its achievements as an IAF member and to renew its commitment in promoting best practices in conformity assessment in the Philippines.

The IAF’s 30th-anniversary celebration is a significant milestone for the organization and its members, including the Philippine Accreditation Bureau. Through its membership in the IAF, PAB has been able to enhance its accreditation services, contribute to the development of international standards, and support the growth of Philippine businesses in the global marketplace. The bureau’s continued membership in the IAF is critical in ensuring that it maintains its position as a trusted and respected accreditation body, both in the Philippines and globally.

Date of release: 09 March 2023.