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“IPC Management System Auditors certification scheme” is endorsed as a sub-scope of the IAF MLA

The IPC Management System Auditors certification scheme is the first personnel certification scheme ever to have achieved official endorsement by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). This means more consistency and integrity for Management System Auditors certificates issued around the world.

IPC is only working with those Accreditation Bodies that are participating in the IAF MLA for personnel certification. The IAF MLA delivers the confidence needed for market acceptance of conformity assessment outcomes. Certification of persons issued, within the scope of the IAF MLA, by a Personnel Certification Body (PCB) that is accredited by an IAF MLA signatory, ensures worldwide recognition, thereby facilitating international trade.

Working with Stakeholders

Users of certified personnel are the principal stakeholders recognised by IPC. This group includes industry, certification and registration bodies, regulators and governments as appropriate. IPC welcomes representatives of all stakeholders into its membership, and seeks to involve stakeholders in all of its activities. This is particularly relevant in the development of competencies and certification criteria by IPC that are aimed to serve specific industry sector needs. IPC seeks to consult with interested stakeholder groups outside of its membership as appropriate.

Liaisons

IPC establishes close links with other international bodies that have similar strategic objectives. These links differ between the organisations, but are aimed at developing schemes that are international in character, are based on international standards as much as possible, and are developed in harmony between all the relevant bodies. Given the nature of IPC's work, the most important liaisons that IPC has established to date are with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

Multilateral Agreements 

An important offering of IPC to its Members and stakeholders is the multilateral agreement for personnel certification bodies. This agreement is based on its signatories having successfully demonstrated that their schemes have been accredited by a full member of IAF against ISO/IEC 17024 and approved IPC criteria.  

     
 
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