In order to acquire in-depth information about the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) and for networking purposes, APACC welcomed the visit of Mr. Md. Zainuri Juri, Senior Accreditation Officer of Asian Productivity Organization – Accreditation Body (APO - AB) on September 12, 2019. He was accompanied by Mr. Rizalito Legaspi, Project Manager, Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

Ms. Adrienne Abril, APACC Officer; Mr. Md. Zainuri Juri, APO - AB Senior Accreditation Officer; Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, APACC President; and Mr. Rizalito Legaspi, DAP Project Manager

APO is an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region since 1961. APO assists its 20 member economies in formulating national strategies for enhanced productivity and through a range of institutional capacity-building efforts. APO’s Governing Board approved the establishment of an accreditation body (APO-AB) responsible for assessing and accrediting national productivity organization in APO member economies or their affiliates as certification bodies. DAP is one of APO’s focal agencies in the Philippines.

The visit of APO-AB to APACC was held in the hopes of learning and improving APO-AB’s systems, being a recently created accreditation board. The APACC President Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane and APACC Officer Ms. Adrienne Abril provided the overview of APACC including the rationale and process of creating the commission, process of accreditation and certification, management, and status report.

Both parties agreed to further collaborate for the benefit of stakeholders in respective member governments.