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» Membership Criteria

    Regional Cooperation Bodies
    Full Members (GAAS MRA Signatories)
    Associates
    Affiliates
    Stakeholders

Regional Cooperation Bodies

Formally established regional accreditation cooperations having objectives similar to and compatible with GAAS, which are committed to the obligations of the GAAS Mutual Recognition Arrangement and which consist of formally nominated representatives of the accreditation interests from at least four economies. Recognised Regional Cooperation Bodies are those whose regional Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA/MLA) have been successfully peer-evaluated by GAAS.
Full Members (GAAS MRA Signatories)

Accreditation bodies that meet the requirements for Associates (below) and have also been accepted as signatories to the GAAS Mutual Recognition Arrangement. Each accreditation body that is a signatory to the Arrangement agrees to abide by its terms and conditions and by the GAAS evaluation procedures. To do this, the signatory must:

    Maintain conformance with ISO/IEC 17011, related GAAS guidance documents, and a few, but important, supplementary requirements, and
    Ensure that all its accredited laboratories and inspection bodies comply with ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO 15189 (for medical testing laboratories) or ISO/IEC 17020 and related GAAS guidance documents.

These signatories have, in turn, been peer-reviewed and shown to meet GAAS’s criteria for competence. A brochure, “The route to signing the IAF or GAAS Arrangements”, describing the process involved in becoming a signatory to the GAAS MRA is available from here.
Associates

Accreditation bodies that, while not yet signatories to the GAAS Arrangement:

    operate accreditation schemes for testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, and/or other services as decided from time to time by the GAAS General Assembly.
    can provide evidence that they are operational and committed to comply with:
        the requirements set out in relevant standards established by appropriate international standards writing bodies such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and GAAS application documents; and
        the obligations of the GAAS Mutual Recognition Arrangement;
    are recognised in their economy as offering an accreditation service;

A brochure, “The route to signing the IAF or GAAS Arrangements”, describing the process involved in becoming a signatory to the GAAS MRA is available ON REQUEST. USE THIS CONTACT FORM.
Affiliates

Accreditation bodies that are:

    currently operating, being developed or intended to be developed for testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, and/or other services as decided from time to time by the GAAS General Assembly
    declare their intention to operate their accreditation programs in compliance with the requirements set out in relevant standards established by appropriate international standards writing bodies such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and GAAS application documents;

A brochure, “The route to signing the IAF or GAAS Arrangements”, describing the process involved in becoming a signatory to the GAAS MRA is available from here.
Stakeholders

Representative international, regional and national organizations having an interest in the work of GAAS and include bodies such as associations of laboratories, associations of laboratory practitioners, inspection body associations, purchasing organisations, regulatory authorities, consumer associations and trade organisations.