European Accreditation of Certification (EAC)

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History

1991. Operated as a regional grouping within the framework of International Accreditation Forum (IAF). Ceased to exist, Nov 1997, when merged with European Cooperation for Accreditation of Laboratories (EAL) to form European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA).

Aims

Ensure the quality and acceptance of European certificates of conformity issued by accredited certification bodies for products, quality systems, personnel and environmental management systems; promote development of regional groupings of accreditation bodies, with a view to a global agreement on mutual recognition of certificates; speed up this development by signing bilateral agreements with such regional bodies or, in their absence, with individual accreditation bodies.

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Activities

Operating for the European market and governments, covers both the voluntary and the mandatory sector. Includes committee for elaborating rules for accreditation of certification under the European Community Eco-management and Audit Scheme. Drafts guidelines for relevant standards; working towards a multilateral agreement on equivalence of certificates issued by certification bodies accredited by signatories; organizes programme on training of assessors; has initiated the drafting of a common logo for all accredited activities in Europe.

Languages

English.

Staff

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Financing

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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 19 countries
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Type I Classification

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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Research, Standards
    • Certification

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

UIA Org ID

D4081

Last News Received

1998
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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