On an international level there are two coordinating organisations that promote harmonisation between countries and regions:
- International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) for laboratories and inspection bodies;
- International Accreditation Forum (IAF) for certification bodies.
A national accreditation body can be a member of both coordinating organisations. The RvA is a co-signatory to the ILAC and IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangements. Statements of conformity issued by bodies accredited by the RvA are therefore accepted worldwide. This international recognition is exceptionally important, certainly for major trading and distribution countries such as the Netherlands.
The RvA is co-signatory to the ILAC-MRA (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation).
The RvA is a co-signatory to the IAF-MLA (International Accreditation Forum).