Monday, 18 June 2012

ARAC and IAAC sign technical cooperation agreement to boost the performance of accreditation bodies

AMMAN, Jordan, 18 June 2012 - The Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) and the Interamerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) have signed a technical cooperation agreement to boost the development and operations of national, regional and inter-regional accreditation programmes.

The agreement, inked during the ARAC regional workshop in Amman on 18 June 2012, aims to foster national, regional and global schemes to develop more reliable accreditation bodies, including programmes for the development of qualified personnel.

The signing ceremony was attended by Victor Gandy, IAAC Secretary on behalf of Beatriz Garcia, IAAC Chairman; Hassan Shaarawi, ARAC Chairman; Ali Badarneh, UNIDO project manager; and Hassan Qasem, ARAC Secretary.

ARAC is the association of the national accreditation bodies in the Arab states and other organizations interested in conformity assessment. Its main mission is to provide effective and reliable accreditation services answering the needs of the Arab nations’ economies and societies.

ARAC was established in 2011 with the support of the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a project financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

The IAAC was established in 1996 to promote cooperation among accreditation bodies and interested parties of the Americas, and aims to develop conformity assessment structures to achieve the improvement of products, processes and services.

For more information, please email:

Ali Badarneh
UNIDO Project Manager

Further information about ARAC can be found at
Further information about the IAAC can be found at

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