APLAC Sponsors RMP Accreditation Workshop

A workshop sponsored by APLAC on Reference Material Producer Accreditation was held 18-20 November 2013 in Tokyo. The workshop was hosted by International Accreditation Japan (IAJapan) and Japan Accreditation Board (JAB). Since 2005, a total of six workshops and training courses on RMP has been organized and offered by APLAC.

The workshop was organized to resolve an issue relating to the presentation of the scope of accreditation for RMP accreditation identified during an evaluation of a signatory for APLAC RMPs in 2012. The APLAC MRA Council held in Sydney 2012 recognized the need to hold a workshop with the participation of accreditation bodies and experts in reference material (RM) production and RMPs.

A total of 43 participants from 19 economies representing 23 accreditation bodies, five accredited RMPs, two research institutes, and one user of RMs attended the three-day workshop. Participants reached a common understanding of the scope of accreditation for RMP accreditation.

A new revision of the guidance document expected in 2014 will address additional issues on RMP scopes of accreditation and accreditation of both qualitative CRMs and RMs. Two new revisions of REMCO documents in the Guide 30 series are likely to be published in 2015.

Participants in the APLAC RMP Workshop posed for a group photo in Tokyo last November.

Participants at a November 2013 APLAC RMP Workshop in Tokyo.