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Complying with OAE, IAF or IACC

Resources | October 1, 2011 | By:

We’ve been asked by a customer in Ecuador if our products comply with OAE, IAF or IACC. How do we find out if they do?

OAE stands for the Ecuadorian Accreditation Organization. According to the OAE website, they are the entity in Ecuador that is responsible for insuring that the products, services and materials sold in Ecuador meet the country’s requirements in technical regulations, standards or other specifications. The OAE accredits testing labs and similar bodies that can then provide product certifications. The OAE website has the details and a directory of OAE accredited labs.

The OAE recognizes certificates that are issued by organizations that are accredited conformity assessment entities for other countries, but they must have an agreement with the OAE or be members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) or the InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).

SOURCE Ecuadorian Accreditation Organization

SOURCE International Accreditation Forum

SOURCE InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation

U.S. accreditation entities that are members of IAF and/or IAAC include:

SOURCE American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (IAF member)

SOURCE American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board LLC (IAF and IAAC member)

SOURCE International Accreditation Service (IAS) (IAF member)

SOURCE National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) (IAAC member)

Juli Case is IFAI‘s information and technical services manager.

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