CETA Protocol on Conformity Assessment: Update on the cooperation between EA and SCC
 

Signed at the EU-Canada Summit on 30th October 2016, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a trade agreement, designed to strengthen economic relations and develop business between the European Union and Canada.

It includes a chapter on technical barriers to trade that encourages cooperation in technical regulations, standards to avoid unnecessary obstacles to international trade, by positioning conformity assessment as a prerequisite to business on the European and Canadian markets.

The details are covered in the CETA Protocol on the Mutual Acceptance of the Results of Conformity Assessment (CA Protocol).

The CETA CA Protocol may be summarized that products being placed on the Canadian or the EU market shall be certified by recognized Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs). These CABs shall be accredited by a recognized National Accreditation Body (NAB). The CABs and NABs shall be located either in Canada or in the EU. The provisions for recognition are defined in the CA Protocol.

In order to facilitate the recognition of CABs and NABs, EA and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) signed a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement in 2016.

The implementation of the CA Protocol, facilitated by the BCA between EA and SCC, includes inter alia the selection of a first pilot project, based on the ATEX /HAZLOC systems (equipment allowed in explosive atmosphere) as ATEX in Europe is very similar to HAZLOC in Canada. The pilot project includes:

  • Exchange of relevant information, notably regarding the applicable standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures,
  • Assessment of a Canadian CAB according ISO/IEC 17065 and HAZLOC requirements, performed by SCC and observed by EA,
  • Assessment of a CAB located in the EU according ISO/IEC 17065 and ATEX requirements, performed by the French NAB COFRAC and observed by SCC.

The pilot project is almost concluded. The observation activities have taken place and the requirements according ATEX and HAZLOC have been analyzed.

The next step is to start with the recognition of NABs and CABs according the CA Protocol. Therefore, in March – May 2018, assessments shall be performed:

  • in Europe, according ISO/IEC 17065 and the HAZLOC requirements;
  • in Canada, according ISO/IEC 17065 and the ATEX requirements.

The assessments shall be performed by the NAB located in the country of the CAB. The assessments will be performed in English or French and CABs, interested on recognition under CETA, may contact their National Accreditation Body.

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Congratulations to our Members!
 
The General Assemblies of ILAC and IAF have just met in Vancouver from 28th to 30th October and EA is pleased to announce the following decisions.
EA MLA signatories joint the IAF MLA: 
  • NAAU (the Ukrainian NAB) Ukraine becomes a signatory of the IAF MLA for Product Certification (ISO/IEC 17065), Certification of Persons (ISO/IEC 17024), Management Systems Certification (ISO/IEC 17021-1) and Level 5 of the Sub-Scopes ISO 9001 and ISO 14001,
  • NAH (the Hungarian NAB) becomes a signatory of the IAF MLA for Product Certification (ISO/IEC 17065), Certification of Persons (ISO/IEC 17024), Management Systems Certification (ISO/IEC 17021-1) and Sub-Scopes Level 5: ISO 9001 and ISO 14001,
  • EA-BAS (the Bulgarian NAB) has signed for an extension of the IAF MLA for Management Systems Certification (ISO/IEC 17021-1), Product Certification (ISO/IEC 17065) and Sub-Scopes Level 5 : ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

EA MLA signatories join the ILAC MRA:

  • ALGERAC, the Algerian NAB, becomes a signatory of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA) for Calibration (ISO/IEC 17025), Testing (ISO/IEC 17025) and Inspection (ISO/IEC 17020),
  • NAH, the Hungarian NAB, becomes a signatory of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA) for Calibration (ISO/IEC 17025), Testing (ISO/IEC 17025), Medical Testing (ISO 15189) and Inspection (ISO/IEC 17020),
  • JAS-AU, the Jordanian NAB, becomes a signatory of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA) for Calibration (ISO/IEC 17025), Testing (ISO/IEC 17025), Medical Testing (ISO 15189),
  • MOLDAC, the Moldavian NAB, becomes a signatory of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA) for Calibration (ISO/IEC 17025), Testing (ISO/IEC 17025), Medical Testing (ISO 15189) and Inspection (ISO/IEC 17020).
To get more information about the decisions taken during the General Assemblies of ILAC and IAF, click here



The EA CC updates its FAQs
 

The Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs), answered by the EA Certification Committee (CC), have been updated after its meeting last September and are now available on the EA website.

Every EA technical committee manages FAQs on the application of those specific standards which they are in charge of. Questions are submitted by committees’ Members before the committees’ meetings, at which they are discussed and answered. Due to an increasing number of submitted questions, the FAQs process within the EACC had to become more elaborate in order for a maximum of questions to be answered within the allotted meeting time. 

Click here to access the update of the EA CC The Frequently-Asked Questions



EA last revised publications

Please find below details of revised publications:

  • EA-INF/01: List of EA publications and International documents 
    (Published on 10th November 2017)
  • EA-INF/02: Contact Persons of EA Full and Associate Members, Recognized Stakeholders and Observers (Published on 10th November 2017)
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The European Commission launched a public consultation on the evaluation of the Low Voltage Directive
 

The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU deals with the electrical equipment placed on the EU market that is designed for use with a voltage rating between 50 and 1 000 V AC and between 75 and 1 500 V DC. The objectives of the LVD are to ensure the safety of low voltage electrical equipment placed on the EU market and ensure its free movement.

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess if the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU2 is fit for purpose in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence, EU added value. On the basis of the conclusions on the performance of the Directive, the Commission will assess which next steps may be necessary to improve the performance of the Directive.

To have further information, click here



Information regarding transitional arrangements
 

In Vancouver, on the 30th October 2017, IAF and ILAC have made several decisions regarding the transitional arrangement of ISO standards. In EA, this will be followed up by the EA Certification Committee and MLA Council.

  1. Implementation of transition to ISO/IEC 17011:2017: How to manage changes at NAB and EA level on peer-evaluation system
  2. Management System Certification: Transitional Arrangements for the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015
  3. Energy Management Systems: Transitional Arrangements for the revision of ISO 50001:2011
  4. GHG Emissions: Arrangements for the revision of ISO 14064-1:2006 and 14064-2:2006
  5. Food Safety Management Systems: Transitional Arrangement for the revision of ISO 22000:2005
  6. Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems: Transitional Arrangement for the Revision of ISO/IEC TS 17021-3:2013 to ISO/IEC 17021-3:2017
To read the detailed article, click here



IAF Database of Accredited Certificates
 

The 2017 IAF General Assembly has approved the establishment of a database of management system certificates provided by certification bodies accredited by IAF members.

The database presents a unique opportunity for organisations with accredited certificates, to be able to have their certificates in the database, presenting to the outside world the fact that they are certified to some of the world’s leading standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

IAF Chair Xiao Jianhua said, ‘I am delighted IAF is developing the database. This adds value for the certification bodies accredited by IAF members but most importantly for the organisations that hold over 1.6 million accredited management system certificates. The benefits extend even further, for example to buyers wishing to check if their potential suppliers hold such certificates’.

Xiao continues, ‘IAF will continue to work with its accreditation body and certification body association members, and very significantly, its users on this exciting development.’

A related video has been posted in the IAF/ILAC YouTube channel.





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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