Successful collaboration between EA and European Union Agency For Railways
Successful collaboration between EA and European Union Agency For Railways

EA successfully fulfilled its cooperation role with the European Union Agency for Railways to improve the consistent assessment of conformity assessment bodies regarding the Interoperability Directive (IOD).

The main objective was to develop a detailed set of requirements, in particular the technical requirements, needed to be fulfilled by notified bodies in order to improve and harmonize the general level of performance of EU notified bodies under Directive 2008/57/EC and to increase trust in the work performed by notified bodies. 
The assessment scheme developed is divided into two parts: a first one produces general references and information on legal requirements for notified bodies, scheme owner, the NAB assessment teams, accreditation information etc., and a second one provides sectorial requirements to apply when accrediting CABs for the purpose of notification under the IOD. 

To get more information about collaboration between EA and European Union Agency For Railways, click here

Read the ECIBC latest publications
Read the ECIBC latest publications

The JRC is currently developing a European quality assurance scheme for breast cancer services underpinned by Regulation (EC) 765/2008 on accreditation, and to which EA is actively contributing through a working group led by ACCREDIA, the Italian national accreditation body (NAB), since 2014.

EA is pleased to draw your attention to the latest releases by ECIBC - European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer.

For further information about ECIBC latest publications, click here

MRV Regulation : the guidance/best practices is online
MRV Regulation : the guidance/best practices is online

The guidance/best practices documents elaborated with support of EA has been published.

The EU is calling for a global approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping – a large and growing source of emissions.
Main obligations can be summarized are as follows:

By 30 August 2017, MRV companies shall submit to an accredited MRV shipping verifier a monitoring plans using a template corresponding to the model in Annex I of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1927 (for more information see also our FAQs document). Electronic templates will also be developed under THETIS MRV (the dedicated European Union information system currently under development by the European Maritime Safety Agency);

From 1st January 2018, MRV companies shall monitor for each of their ship CO2 emissions, fuel consumption and other parameters, such as distance travelled, time at sea and cargo carried on a per voyage basis, so as to gather annual data into a Emissions report submitted to an accredited MRV shipping verifier;

From 2019, by 30 April of each year MRV companies shall submit to the Commission through THETIS MRV (a dedicated European Union information system currently under development by the European Maritime Safety Agency) a satisfactorily verified Emissions report for each of the ships having performed EEA related maritime transport in the previous reporting period (calendar year);

From 2019, by 30 June of each year MRV companies shall ensure that, all their ships having performed activities in the precedent reporting period and visiting EEA ports, carry on board a document of compliance issued by THETIS MRV. This obligation might be subject to inspections by Member States' authorities.

Click here to read the documents elaborated, with support of EA, published on the European Commission's website

Furthermore, the Directorate-General for Climate Action has opened a public consultation (Inception Impact Assessment) about the revision of Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport, in view of an alignment with the IMO data collection system. 
To get further information, click here

To get the list of EA Members, providing the service of Verification Bodies for assessment of monitoring plans and verification of emissions reports, please click here

Give your opinion on EA's website
Give your opinion on EA's website

The European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) is an association of National Accreditation Bodies in Europe that are officially recognised by their national Governments to assess and verify—against international standards—organisations that carry out evaluation services such as certification, verification, inspection, testing and calibration (also known as conformity assessment services).

To provide relevant and useful digital materials, EA has decided to revamp its website in 2018.

The first step of this redesign will be to collect your feedback to include the necessary improvements in the future website with a online survey.  

We thank you in advance for the time you will dedicate to this survey, it should take only few minutes to answer!

To access our survey, please click here

SAVE THE DATE: EA will co-organise a round table at the 18th International Metrology Congress (CIM 2017 - Paris)

The 18th International Metrology Congress (CIM 2017), the annual meeting about R&D and best practices for measurement in industry, is organized from 19th to 21st September 2017 in Paris (France).

The event allows to:
- improve measurement, analysis and testing processes, and control risks,
- follow the evolution of techniques, advances in R&D and discover industrial applications
- explore the exhibition showcasing innovations and solutions

As the official guardian of the European accreditation infrastructure, EA is a part of the organization team of this congress and has been invited to participate and facilitate the round table on “Measurement and conformity declaration: ISO 17025, what’s new?” on the 19th of September (9.00 - 11.00 am).

Expected in mid-2017, the new version of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard tries to respond to some inadequacies in the current version. One of the major changes concerns measurement uncertainty and its use in declaring compliance.

This round table would be the occasion to debate on 3 topics:
- What are the major changes in metrology?
- What are the new decision rules for declaring compliance?
- How should the risk approach be established?

Representatives of specifiers such as public authorities, whose influence is exerted through regulation, private-sector specifiers, who impose their own standards or specifications and users, mostly in industry (clients requiring testing, owners of measuring equipment for calibration laboratories), will be central to fuel the discussions, animated and co-organised by EA, with the participation of:

  • Trevor Thompson, Head of Operations Support, ISO WG44 BSI member for revision of 17025 (UKAS – United Kingdom) and EA Laboratory Committee Vice Chairman,
  • Pierre Claudel, Testing, Calibration and Certification Director (?CETIAT - France),
  • François Daubenfeld, Head of Metrology (PSA Group - France),
  • Pascal Launey, Quality director, (LNE - France),
  • Laurent Vinson, Laboratories Division Director (COFRAC - France) and EA Laboratory Committee Chairman.
To get more information about CIM 2017, click here

Accreditation: supporting the needs of global regulators

Global arrangements through ILAC and IAF underpin the international acceptance of traded products. Through accredited sources, economic operators can demonstrate that their products meet market requirements so that market operators can use these products with confidence. This system also enables governments to regulate products in the knowledge that the market will have the means of meeting both voluntary and regulatory requirements in a transparent way.

Independent accredited conformity assessment of certification, testing, calibration and inspection services provides an essential tool that can be used by the public sector to meet policy objectives. Jointly developed by IAF/ILAC/ISO/ IEC/IIOC, Public Sector Assurance showcases how accredited conformity assessment is used around the world by central government, local government and regulators to deliver positive benefit. It features case studies that illustrate the value of accreditation to government officials and regulators in delivering results in key policy areas. It also provides independent research and supporting information which demonstrates the tangible benefits of conformity assessment to the public sector. 

To read more information about the benefits of using accredited conformity assessment, click here

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