|PAB Director James E. Empeño (right) receives the certificate of ILAC MRA from ILAC Arrangement Council Chair, Ms. Etty Feller (left)|
The DTI-Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) formally received the certificate of International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC-MRA) after achieving signatory status for its accreditation schemes for medical testing and inspection. The result of the peer evaluation extending the MRA for these schemes was announced on 29 October 2019 when DTI-PAB attended the 2019 International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Joint Annual Meetings in Frankfurt, Germany.
This welcome outcome, adds DTI-PAB’s schemes on the ISO 15189 medical testing laboratory accreditation and ISO/IEC 17020 inspection body accreditation to its roster of internationally recognized schemes. This recognition ensures that the results of these laboratories and inspection bodies are accepted worldwide.
As the national accreditation body of the Philippines, DTI-PAB accredits inspection bodies, testing and calibration laboratories, medical laboratories, certification bodies and other bodies offering conformity assessment services. DTI-PAB also conducts continuous awareness programs to promote accreditation services and ensure that changes or updates are properly communicated among its stakeholders.