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ARAC TRAINS NEWCOMERS TO ARAC PEER EVALUATION TEAMS MUSCAT, OMAN 14-16 NOV 2016

ARAC TRAINS NEWCOMERS TO ARAC PEER EVALUATION TEAMS MUSCAT, OMAN 14-16 NOV 2016

ARAC TRAINS NEWCOMERS TO ARAC PEER EVALUATION TEAMS MUSCAT, OMAN 14-16 NOV 2016

Following the recommendation of the Arab Accreditation Cooperation [ARAC] Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangement Committee [MLA], the ARAC Executive committee meeting held in Tunis, Tunisia in February 2016, approved the proposal for conducting the ARAC Peer evaluators regional training course. The aim of this training course is to enlarge future teams of ARAC peer-evaluators with a view to improve ARAC peer-evaluation activities. The training targeted potential ARAC peer-evaluators from the lead assessors of ARAC Accreditation Body Members.

Fourteen enthusiastic lead assessors from eight ARAC accreditation body members took part in this training course held on 14-16 November 2016 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

The participants were selected according to ARAC Procedures, while giving priority to those applicants who had more competence for the ARAC MLA scopes that lacked resources in terms of peer-evaluation (inspection, certification of Management System, calibration and medical testing). Developed and led by Mrs Roxanne M. Robinson (ILAC&IAF Regional Peer Evaluator Team Leader, trainer for APLAC Peer evaluators, former APLAC MRA Council Chair, former ILAC Arrangement Management Committee ILAC Arrangement Management Committee member and former Chair of the ILAC&IAF Joint Working Group A series documents) and Mr Mahmoud Eltayeb (ARAC Chair and Peer evaluator Team Leader) ; the course covered the requirements and processes of peer evaluation primarily for ARAC, but also included ILAC and IAF requirements.

An opening ceremony organized in the margin of the regional training course held on 14th November 2016 with the participation of more than fifteen delegates from the Omani Ministry of Commerce and Industry and was honored by the presence and the statement made by the His Excellency Mr. Mohsin Al-Balushi, Ministry of Commerce and Industry Adviser and Mr. Sami Al-Sahib, Acting Director General for Standards and Metrology.


It should be highlighted that the ARAC Regional Peer Evaluators training course has been covered by the Omani media (see Attachments I & II).
As a follow-up of this training course, the successful participants will take part in future evaluations of ARACMember national accreditation bodies (NABs), first as trainee team members, then as team members.

ARAC wishes to extend its gratitude to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization [UNIDO], the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization [AIDMO] and the Swedish International Development Agency [SIDA] for supporting the organization of this training course.

 

ARAC Press release PETW 2016.pdf

ARAC Article ALWATAN.pdf