Major milestones for EA at its 39th General Assembly
39th EA General Assembly

Significant achievements were made at the last EA General Assembly hosted on 23 and 24 May 2017 in Bled, Slovenia by Slovenska Akreditaci (SA), the Slovenian accreditation body.

The EA General Assembly elected the following Chairs and officers to the EA Executive Committee (EX) for a two-year mandate starting on 1 January 2018:

  • EA Chair: Peter Strömbäck (SWEDAC, the Swedish NAB).
  • EA Vice-Chair: Ignacio Pina (ENAC, the Spanish NAB), the previous HHC Chair.
  • EA Multilateral Agreement Council (MAC) Chair: Paulo Tavares (IPAC, the Portuguese NAB) was re-elected for a second mandate.
  • EA Horizontal Harmonization Committee (HHC) Chair: Gabriel Zrenner (DAkkS, the German NAB) was elected for a first mandate.
  • EA Communications & Publications Committee (CPC) Chair: Lucyna Olborska (PCA, the Polish NAB) was elected for a first mandate as CPC Chair.
  • EA Laboratory Committee (LC) Chair: Laurent Vinson (COFRAC, the French NAB) was re-elected for a second mandate.
  • EA Certification Committee (CC) Chair: Kevin Belson (UKAS, the UK NAB) was re-elected for a second mandate.
  • EA Inspection Committee (IC) Chair: Rolf Straub, (SAS, the Swiss NAB) was re-elected for a fourth mandate.
  • Emanuele Riva (ACCREDIA, the Italian NAB), Maria Papadzikou (ESYD, the Greek NAB), Jiří Růžička, (CAI, the Czech NAB) and Ed Wieles (RvA, the Dutch NAB) were elected as additional members of the EX.
To read all the resolutions adopted at the 39th EA General Assembly, click here

EA Multilateral Agreement Report 2016 is now released
EA MLA Report 2016

European Accreditation (EA) would like to announce that the EA Multilateral Agreement (EA MLA) Report 2016 is now released.

2016 has been a busy year for the EA Multilateral Agreement Council (MAC) with no less than 19 peer evaluations (PE) planned and completed for a total of 1138 mandays of evaluation, and the starting of the evaluations for the new scope of accreditation of proficiency testing providers with positive results which should allow the launch of the Multilateral Agreement (MLA) in April 2017 as decided by the EA General Assembly.

At the end of 2016, we are proud to serve 36 Full Members, 13 Associate Members, 38 signatories to the MLA including through a bilateral agreement. During the year, we have relied on 101 assigned team members and 12 trainees, 34 MAC Members appointed in the Task Force Groups for the review of PE reports and 11 MAC Management Group members being involved with the MAC Chair (Paulo Tavares) and Vice Chair (Daniela Ionescu) and the Secretariat in the daily operations of the system. Think that more than 34450 accreditations had been delivered by EA-member national accreditation bodies (NABs) at the end of 2016. 

To read EA MLA Report 2016, click here

The EA CC shares its FAQs
The EA CC shares its FAQs

The Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) answered by the EA Certification Committee (CC) 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.
The series available on the EA website encloses the FAQs discussed as from the EACC meeting held in September 2016. It is deemed to be updated after each meeting of the Committee.

To get more information on the EACC FAQs published on EA website, click here

Discover ECIBC latest publications
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. 

To read all ECIBC's reports and publications, click here

New video for the World Accreditation Day 2017

June 9, 2017 marks World Accreditation Day as a global initiative, jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.

This year’s theme focuses on how accreditation can support professionals in the construction industry, ranging from contractors, manufacturers, designers, architects, civil engineers, to regulators.

To watch the video published for WAD 2017, 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).

To get more information about the participation of EA in CIM 2017, click here

Accreditation: supporting the needs of global regulators
Public Sector Assurance

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