On October 6, 2010, SAC was officially recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the ENERGY STAR program. As of December 30, 2010, all ENERGY STAR partners will have to have their products certified by an EPO-approved certification body (CB) prior to their qualification. Before applying for EPO marketing authorization, the CB must obtain iso/IEC 17065 accreditation. Similarly, the test laboratory must first be accredited in accordance with ISO/CIS 17025 for testing methods prescribed by the applicable ENERGY STAR product specifications prior to the EPO`s application for recognition. As soon as a laboratory or control body is accredited, it is authorized to use exclusively the logo belonging to the relevant accreditation body that has issued its accreditation. The accredited organization can only refer to its accreditation after testing, calibration or inspections. To facilitate cross-border recognition, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) has developed an internationally recognized sign called the ILAC sign. It will be used next to the accreditation body`s logo. As the ILAC brand is used by accredited laboratories in Singapore, the MRA for the equivalence of technical requirements, approved by APEC telecommunications ministers on October 31, 2010, relies on the MRA for compliance assessment by facilitating the recognition of equivalent technical standards or requirements and by providing for a further reduction in compliance assessment costs. APAC`s main mission is to manage and extend a mutual recognition agreement between accreditation bodies in the Asia-Pacific region.
The MRA facilitates the acceptance of compliance assessment results (for example. B test reports, test certificates, test reports and certifications) throughout the region and with other parts of the world. Compliance assessment results prepared by compliance assessment agencies (CABs) accredited by an APAC MRA signatory are accepted by all other APAC MRA signatories. This mutual recognition and acceptance of compliance assessment results reduce the need for dual checks, inspections or certifications, saving time and money, increasing economic efficiency and facilitating international trade. Note: In order to facilitate the recognition of accredited reports and certificates, the membership accreditation mark is listed below. Please click below for the corresponding MRA offers. The key objective of ILAC is to build confidence in the competence of the organizations that conduct and support these activities by concluding an international agreement among accreditation body members on the basis of peer review and mutual acceptance. For more information on APAC, please visit the APAC website: (www.apac-accreditation.org/ or contact the APAC secretariat: APEC-TEL Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) is a multilateral agreement between the economies of the APEC region. The APEC TEL MRA for the evaluation of compliance of telecommunications equipment, which came into force on July 1, 1999, facilitates the recognition of the results of the other`s compliance assessment. Signing date: confirmed in June 1998 (please note that this agreement has been approved but not signed). APAC MRA signatories are full members of APAC. As APAC is a regional cooperation recognized by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), most APAC signatories are also recognized under the IAF International Multilateral Ener (MLA) and ILAC MRA.