International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)
The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) is an international cooperation between the various laboratory accreditation schemes operated throughout the world. ILAC first started as a conference in 1977 with the aim of developing international cooperation for facilitating trade by promotion of the acceptance of accredited test and calibration results.
Recognizing the need to strengthen the links between accreditation and metrology and to cooperate and to coordinate the actions of the BIPM and ILAC in respect of their tasks related to national and international measurement infrastructure, the CIPM and ILAC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 3 November 2001. This MoU was reaffirmed in 2012 and again in 2016.
A Joint CIPM/ILAC Working Group consisting of BIPM and ILAC members was established in view of the BIPM-ILAC MoU. The group has produced a joint statement on the collaboration and roles of the two organizations.
In particular the two organizations collaborate through:
Interaction at senior level through annual bilateral and multilateral meetings at the BIPM;
Mutual observer/liaison status at meetings;
Participation in the DCMAS Network;
Participation in the JCGM;
ILAC is a major partner in the JCTLM;
The BIPM is an active participant in the ILAC Accreditation Committee (ILAC AIC) and particularly the AIC WG2;
The BIPM organizes consultation with NMIs (via RMOs) on key ILAC documents;
The BIPM and ILAC issue joint declarations and joint statements when appropriate: