An accreditation and certification program was identified as one activity that could raise the APO’s visibility and authority as a leading productivity organization. Recognizing the competency and credibility of national productivity organizations (NPOs) or their affiliates as APO-accredited certification bodies (CBs) will build APO brand awareness, cultivate and expand a community of experts, and strengthen APO leadership in the area of productivity.
Therefore, the Governing Body, in its review of the APO Strategic Plans, approved the establishment of an accreditation body. This separate, impartial entity known as the APO Accreditation Body (APO-AB) is responsible for assessing and accrediting CBs following the APO General Requirements for Certification Bodies: Certification of Persons Scheme, which is aligned with ISO/IEC 17024.
To be the leading future-oriented productivity-related specialist accreditation body and expand the recognition of APO certification programs worldwide.
To enhance the image and reputation of NPOs/affiliated organizations in APO members by recognizing them as APO-accredited CBs on productivity and future-oriented programs. This will involve:
The APO-AB is committed to operating its accreditation programs and related services at the highest quality in compliance with international standards to meet the needs and expectations of APO member governments. Through the balanced representation of key stakeholders and interested parties within or outside the APO membership, the APO-AB ensures that the professionalism, competency, impartiality, and transparency of its services are maintained at all times.
The main responsibility of the APO-AB Council is to formulate policies relating to the accreditation system for endorsement by the APO Workshop Meeting of Head of NPOs. The list below is the APO-AB Council for 2019–2021.
|Position in APO-AB Council||Name & Designation|
|Chair||Dr. AKP Mochtan, Secretary-General, APO|
|Advisor||Ir Mahlok Abdullah, Consultant, Malaysia|
|Council Member||Dr. Isimeli Waibuta Tagicakiverata, Director,|
National Training & Productivity Centre (NTPC), Suva, Fiji
|Council Member||Kunjung Masehat, Chairman,|
Indonesia Professional Certification Authority, Jakarta, Indonesia
|Council Member||Kimiaki Jin, Senior Assistant Director,|
Private Sector Development Group, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo, Japan
|Council Member||Tadashi Noguchi, Executive Director,|
Japan Small and Medium Enterprise Management Consultant Association (J-SMECA), Tokyo, Japan
|Council Member||Prof. Tetsushi Sonobe, Vice President,|
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan
|Council Member||Takeshi Fujita, Director,|
International Cooperation, Global Management Center, Japan Productivity Center, Tokyo, Japan
|Council Member||Chew Mok Lee, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Infocomm and Media & Digitalization,|
Enterprise Services & New Industries, Enterprise Singapore, Singapore
|Council Member||Prof. Hester Klopper, Deputy Vice Chancellor,|
Strategy and Internalization, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
|Council Member||Punnee Angsusingha, President,|
Management System Certification Institute (Thailand), Foundation for Industrial Development, Bangkok, Thailand
|Council Member||Dato’ Abdul Latif Haji Abu Seman, Director General,|
Malaysia Productivity Corporation, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
|Council Member||Abdul Ghaffar Khattak, CEO,|
National Productivity Organization, Islamabad, Pakistan
The APO-AB accredits organizations that operate APO Certification of Persons (CoP) schemes. The APO-AB will develop new certification schemes periodically to meet the needs of member countries. Current schemes being developed are shown below:
|Program||Accreditation Requirement||Certification Scheme|
|Productivity Practitioners||• ISO/IEC 17024:2017|
• APO-AB Requirement for Certification Bodies
|APO-PS 101 Requirements for Productivity Specialists|
|Green Productivity||APO-GPS 201 Certification Scheme and Competency Standard for Green Productivity Specialists|
|Public Sector||APO 301 Requirements for Public-sector Productivity Specialists|
|Strategic Foresight||APO 401 Requirements for Strategic Foresight Specialists|
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