Categories

About AFRAC

The following sections explain the Vision, Mission, Functions and Objectives of AFRAC.

To view the sections, click on the relevant links to expand or collapse each section.

Background

AFRAC was established in 2010 following 3 years of extensive consultative preparatory work including the development of its bylaws and project document. AFRAC held its first general assembly in September 2010 in Cairo Egypt, attended by representatives of the African Union, NEPAD, Regional Economic Co-operations, Accreditation Bodies in Africa and ILAC, IAF, EA, IAAC and APLAC and government representatives and other stakeholders.

Vision

To be the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) that is recognised by the African Union Commission (AUC) as well as internationally and which is also accepted by AU Member States for serving the African economy and society.

Mission

To facilitate the use of accreditation as a tool to support trade and industrial development, improve competitiveness of African products and enhance the protection of the health and safety of the public and the environment.

Functions

1

Fostering collaboration among accreditation bodies in Africa and facilitating collaboration between Member States having accreditation bodies and those without;

2

Assisting and supporting the establishment of national or multi-economy accreditation bodies in Africa without compromising AFRAC’s impartiality;

3

Creation and maintenance of a system for the recognition of accreditation bodies in Africa within the framework of and consistent with global MRA/MLA international requirements;

4

Coordination and facilitation of liaison with other regional and international organizations concerned with accreditation such as International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), Inter American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), Asian Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC), Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and European Accreditation (EA);

5

Representation of Africa in international accreditation and other quality infrastructure fora;

6

Promotion and expansion of the recognition and acceptance of the MRA in Africa internationally in both the voluntary and regulatory areas;

7

Development of and managing training and technical assistance programs for transferring expertise and technical information, sharing of information and  activities identified to assist new or developing accreditation programs, among present and potential members;

8

Harmonisation of accreditation practices within Africa in compliance with international requirements;

9

Establishment of an information system such as a database on accreditation bodies, Proficiency Testing (PT) schemes and qualified technical assessors, etc.; and

10

Finding ways to reduce costs incurred by African accreditation bodies associated with obtaining and maintaining full membership to ILAC/IAF, in particular pre-peer and peer evaluation processes.

AFRAC’s Structure: