The African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) is a cooperation of accreditation bodies, sub-regional accreditation cooperations and stakeholders whose objective is to facilitate trade and contribute to the protection of health, safety and the environment, in Africa and thereby improve Africa’s competitiveness.
AFRAC is one of the four pillars of the Pan-African Quality Infrastructure (PAQI) established by the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency to support intra-African trade, improve the competitiveness of African goods and services and to facilitate health and safety of the public and the environment. AFRAC whose establishment was partially funded by Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) Germany to facilitate capacity building in accreditation across the continent with the goal of sustaining an internationally acceptable mutual recognition arrangement.
AFRAC is currently working towards the achievement of the international recognition of its own competence to manage a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) within Africa. In undertaking these developments it will need to comply with the international procedures for the evaluation of regional accreditation cooperations, which include the establishment and operationalisation of the Secretariat, MRA Committee, Technical Committees and the General Assembly.
In order to achieve the above objective, AFRAC will build confidence in African produced goods and service, thus facilitate their acceptance on the global market through the (MRA).
See About AFRAC page for more information on AFRAC.
The 5th AFRAC General Assembly Meeting held on 26 September 2014 at the Elilly International Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia