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Dear Colleagues,
 
I would like to inform you about a very important development. As you know IPC is the scheme owner of the world-wide operated "IPC Management System Auditors certification scheme”. At the beginning of 2015 IPC had applied to IAF to evaluate IPC’s auditor certification scheme.  Since then our scheme has been evaluated in depth by IAF experts/committees.  Now I am glad to announce that IPC has received the IAF endorsement as a sub-scope of the IAF MLA, during the 31st IAF General Assembly that took place on 28 and 30 October 2017 at Vancouver, Canada. The IPC Management Systems Auditor Certification Scheme is also the first personnel certification program to be endorsed by IAF. Up to now, tenths of thousands  of MS auditor certificates have been issued by members of the IPC MLA. From now on IPC scheme will be globally established as the common competency based personnel certification scheme for Management System Auditors. 
 
IPC sets, since the 90’s, voluntary standards for the certification of Management Systems (MS) auditors and provides the standard and the framework for independent, recognized 3rd party certification of Management System Auditors based on ISO/IEC 17024. The two certification grades that IPC recognizes are IPC MS Auditor, and IPC MS Lead Auditor. Until the day of IAF endorsement IPC schemes were used solely by the IPC MLA signatories. The “IPC Management System Auditors” may be used now by all PCBs that are accredited by IAF MLA signatories and are becoming IPC members. I believe that this is a major development that it will widen IPC and IAF members’ family with PCB’s aiming to contribute to the goal of continuous improvement.
 
It is also important to remind that IPC’s executive member EOQ is operating similar schemes regionally in Europe. EOQ’s schemes are also approved by IPC and are endorsed by EA (European Accreditation). PCB’s seeking accreditation to Management System Auditors Schemes in Europe, are encouraged to comply to EOQ programs which fully comply to IPC criteria.
 
I would kindly ask you to share this news to your colleagues and business associates that might be interested. If they are interested in IPC's activity they can to join our mailing list. Also for any additional questions may contact us at secretary@ipcaweb.org 
 
Osman Vural
IPC Chairman
     
 
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