Live Blogging: 1st ASEAN IPEC Retreat Convention On ISO17024

Day 3.


It was the final day of the 1st ASEAN IPEC Retreat Convention 2015 On ISO/IEC 17024. The prenary meeting was held to present and discuss on the consensus reached for all the Work Groups. The consensus is then summarized by the Convention Chairman and recommendation of resolution will be made based on it.

In the closing, Dr Michel Chiam, the Expert of ISO & ILO International Guideline Standards on Social Responsibility also presented his insights on Employment and Social Protection Policies – ASEAN Economic Community: The Impact of Trade and Human Capital on Economic Growth in relation to ASEAN Free Movement of Skilled Workers.



Yang Berhormat Joniston Bingkuai, the Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board officiated the closing ceremony of the ASEAN IPEC Retreat Convention 2015 with his powerful speech. To commemorate the ceremony, YB Joniston Bingkuai and Dr Juliana Lim, the CEO of IPEC Bureau exchange gifts to showcase a memorable 3-day event we had in Kota Kinabalu Sabah.



Before we say goodbye to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, let’s hit for some seafood and visit a few interesting places !

Live Blogging: 1st ASEAN IPEC Retreat Convention On ISO17024

Day 2.


LIVE Work Group 02 Discussion: Wellness, Beauty Science, Advance Aesthetic – The contextual perspective of training & competency standards, exchange of industry experience, and current industry practising standards & regulation implementation.


Ms Jchanet Tan is the facilitator for this Work Group. Prof. Dr. Ng Wee Kiong from AICA Malaysia is assisting her on the Beauty Science, Dr. Morthy S. also from AICA Malaysia is assisting on the Advance Aesthetic topic, Prof. Dr. Coco Alex an industry expert from Malaysia is assisting on the Semi-Permanent Pigmentation, Mr Alan Teo an industry expert from Singapore is assisting on the Aesthetic Technology Device topic and finally Dr. Diana Mossop an industry expert from UK is assisting on the Phytobiophysics (Complementary Therapy) topic.

Each topic is being discussed thoroughly as it will involve a formal proposition for standardizations. This is a session where each ASEAN countries’ representative will share their insights, experience and input where a consensus will be made at the end of the day.

LIVE Work Group 02 Discussion: A demonstration on Micropigmentation by Dr. Coco Alex, an industry expert from Malaysia


Live Blogging: 1st ASEAN IPEC Retreat Convention on ISO17024


Dr. Juliana Lim, CEO of IPEC Bureau and the organiser for the event was delivering her opening speech 2 hours ago during the event kickoff. She addressed the importance of the ISO/IEC 17024 as a Blue Ocean Strategy that ASEAN must take advantage of in the free skilled workers movement initiative.



Right after the morning break session, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Fadilah Baharin, the Director General of Standards Malaysia gave her speech. This was a pre-officiate speech of the event.



Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, Minister of Science Technology and Innovation Malaysia, was delivering his speech and officially launched the 1st ASEAN IPEC ISO/IEC 17024 Retreat Convention 2015, together with Datuk Fadilah Baharin, the Director General of Standards Malaysia, Dr Juliana Lim, the CEO of IPEC Bureau and Dr Ng Wee Kiong, the Corporate Advisor of IPEC Bureau.

1st ASEAN IPEC ISO/IEC 17024 Retreat Convention 2015 Is Now Officially Launched.


Dr Juliana’s Courtesy Visit To Sabah State Secretary

Dr Juliana’s Courtesy Visit To Sabah State Secretary

Dr. Juliana Lim recently paid a courtesy visit to Sabah State Secretary Office. She was here for a short discussion with The Honourable Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, in her capacity as the CEO of IPEC Bureau cum the organiser for the upcoming ASEAN IPEC Retreat Convention 2015 to be held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah this November 25 – 27, 2015.

State of Sabah is one of the major partner for the retreat convention.

ASEAN IPEC Retreat Convention 2015: Press Conference

ASEAN IPEC Retreat Convention 2015: Press Conference

A press conference session was held at the Sabah Tourism office yesterday for the inaugural ASEAN IPEC Retreat Convention 2015. The ISO/IEC 17024 Certification of Persons focused convention, will be the first of its kind ever to be held in this region in collaboration of IPEC Bureau, Standards Malaysia and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia.

The press conference was led by YB Datuk Joniston Lumai, the Sabah Tourism’s Chairman and Dr Juliana Lim, CEO of IPEC Bureau. Both local and international press community attended the session. Sabah Tourism is one of the event partner for the retreat convention.

Towards the end of the session, Dr Juliana Lim officially handed Datuk Joniston Lumai the sponsored magazine for the event to mark the collaboration between IPEC Bureau and Sabah Tourism.

Would You Go For A Certification With 100% Pass Rate?

Would You Go For A Certification With 100% Pass Rate?

Recently I crossed path with an old friend of mine and had a long chat with her at one of the cafe nearby my office. She owns a training company that offer courses and certifications for functional safety personnel certification programs. At one point she was telling me that for the last 18 courses, she had an amazing 100% of the students passed.

“Did you develop those syllabus internally Sally?” I asked. She replied “Nope.” According to her, those syllabus and examinations are developed by independent consultants who also grade the exams.  Then a certification agency collects the names and issues a certificate based on the pass and fail information from these consultants.  I was whispering to myself, this is crazy.

Why did I say this is crazy? This kind of programs violate many of the requirements of ISO 17024, the international standard for Certification of Persons. These requirements was developed by theInternational Organization for Standards or ISO for good reason.  There is a conflict of interest where instructors who collects fees is the same group of people who grade the exams.  To me, it is like a pay-for-certificate kind of courses. And the certificates offered are of with no quality. This arrangement is definitely a questionable arrangement.

The main objective of a Certification of Persons courses is for someone to demonstrate their true competence.  Imagine a medical courses are being arranged like this? I definitely am not comfortable to deal with a doctor or a specialist who participated in this kind of program and being certified for what they are trained for.

Would you go to this doctor?

Asbestos: How ISO 17024 Contain Risks In Construction Industry

Asbestos: How ISO 17024 Contain Risks In Construction Industry

Inadequate surveys will increase the danger of workers being exposed to asbestos on site, says Health and Safety Executive or HSE. HSE outlines the risk control indicators which will be used by enforcement officers against which the performance of duty-holders will be measured.

Asbestos simply can’t be ignored. When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect the person immediately, they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. This is why it is important that construction community to protect themselves. Asbestos can cause the following fatal and serious diseases:

Mesothelioma is a cancer which affects the lining of the lungs (pleura) and the lining surrounding the lower digestive tract (peritoneum). It is almost exclusively related to asbestos exposure and by the time it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal.

Asbestos-related lung cancer is the same as (looks the same as) lung cancer caused by smoking and other causes. It is estimated that there is around one lung cancer for every mesothelioma death.

Asbestosis is a serious scarring condition of the lung that normally occurs after heavy exposure to asbestos over many years. This condition can cause progressive shortness of breath, and in severe cases can be fatal.

Pleural thickening is generally a problem that happens after heavy asbestos exposure. The lining of the lung (pleura) thickens and swells. If this gets worse, the lung itself can be squeezed, and can cause shortness of breath and discomfort in the chest.

This issue needs addressing at the inception of a project and many clients, construction managers and main contractors have realised that independence and accredited asbestos expertise is the only way to solve the problem. A common mistake is to assume that any existing asbestos information will be adequate for the project to proceed. This is unlikely to be the case.

An appropriate survey needs to be in place, HSE recommended. Surveys must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. It has been commissioned with the intended building work taken into consideration;
  2. It has been carried out while the building is unoccupied to facilitate the required level of intrusion – unless the work is a minor refurbishment;
  3. It has been carried out by surveyors accredited to ISO 17020 or ISO 17024 who are insured for the commensurate risk.
  4. The CDM Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that this information is available and for checking the survey.

Expert surveyors is then essential. Only the most experienced surveyors can produce the level of information required. And only those companies with robust quality procedures accredited to ISO 17020, or ISO 17024 for individuals, will be able to produce a document that reports the information gathered on site in a manner that is impartial and independent. In the industry, there are many organisations that are not competent and are employing unqualified surveyors.

This is one of many scenarios that showcase on how ISO 17024 Certification of Persons helps construction industry worldwide.