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ARAC Launching in Cairo, Egypt

The Arab Accreditation (ARAC) was launched on 12 June 2011 in Cairo, Egypt along with celebrating the International Accreditation Day and was graced by over 200 dignitaries from Arab countries, regional trading blocs, diplomats from various countries including the Arab League, representatives from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Gulf Standards Organization (GSO) and senior Egyptian officials.

His Excellency Dr. Samir el Sayed, the Egyptian Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade who was represented

by Eng. Hassan Shaarawi the Executive Director of the Egyptian Accreditation Council (EGAC) and Mr. Mohamed Ben Youssef the Director General of the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) were the guests of honour.

 

 (AIDMO) The Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization

AIDMO is the responsible regional organization for industrial development in the Arab region with clear mandate to achieve several objectives, including but not limited to the achievement of a harmonized and integrated quality infrastructure in the Arab world....

  

 

 

 (UNIDO) The United Nations Industrial Development Organization
In response to a request from (AIDMO) and with the financial support from the (SIDA), UNIDO developed a technical support program to support AIDMO in the implementation of the Regional Standardization Strategy targeting the regional cooperation in accreditation as the main focus.....

  

Overview
Accreditation can provide a competitive advantage and facilitate access to global export markets with the aim of goods and services being tested or certified once and accepted everywhere. This will remove the need for additional testing or internal audits therefore cutting cost, effort and time to exports.

This can only be achieved in the framework of mutual international recognition of accreditation bodies through signing multilateral/multi-recognition agreements (MLA/MAR) with the two International Accreditation Bodies, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

 

ARAC membership is divided into four categories, whose rights and duties are determined in special executive regulations:

 

 

1- (UNIDO) The United Nations Industrial Development Organization

In response to a request from (AIDMO), UNIDO developed a technical support program to support AIDMO in the implementation of the Regional Standardization Strategy targeting the regional cooperation in accreditation as the main focus.

The project aims at achieving regional integration, harmonization and effective coordination in the quality infrastructure ensuring compliance with international trade rules and regulations, through the establishment and/or strengthening existing regional support of standardization, conformity assessment and accreditation in order to achieve international levels of quality for Arab products and services.......

 

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