European Cooperation for Accreditation of Laboratories (EAL)

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History

31 May 1994, on coming into force of a memorandum of understanding. Arises from merger of Western European Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (WELAC), which had been set up 6 Dec 1990, Amsterdam (Netherlands), on signature of a memorandum of understanding by delegations of 17 EC and EFTA states, and Western European Calibration Cooperation (WECC), which had existed since 1975, being formalized, 9 June 1989, Copenhagen (Denmark), on signature of a Memorandum of Understanding, addendum signed 7 Dec 1990, Reykjavik (Iceland). Ceased to exist, Nov 1997, when merged with European Accreditation of Certification (EAC) to form European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA).

Aims

Build up and maintain mutual confidence among nationally recognized accreditation schemes operated by members and associate members and comprising the accreditation bodies themselves and their accredited laboratories and activities; support implementation by accreditation bodies of European standards for laboratory accreditation; open and maintain channels for continuous flow of technical knowledge between accreditation schemes operated by members and associate members and other relevant bodies; maintain and develop multilateral agreements on equivalence of operation of calibration and testing laboratory accreditation schemes administered by members and on acceptance of certificates and reports issued by laboratories accredited by them, based on mutual confidence; maintain and develop bilateral agreements between EAL agreement group(s), consisting of signatories to EAL multilateral agreements and accreditation bodies that are not members of EAL, or regional systems of such accreditation bodies, on the equivalence of operation of calibration and testing laboratory accreditation schemes administered by them and on acceptance of certificates and reports issued by laboratories accredited by them, based on mutual confidence; represent the European conformity assessment community in the field.

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Activities

Committees (5): Multilateral Agreement; Calibration and Testing Activities; Sectoral Technical Documentation; Documentation and Public Relations; International Cooperation. Technical Expert Groups (6): Dimensional measurements; Pressure measurements; Other mechanical measurements; DC and low frequency electrical measurements; High frequency electrical measurements; Temperature measurements. Task Forces (7): Ionizing radiation and radioactivity; Reference materials; Liquid and gas flow measurements; Toy testing; Water testing; Measurement uncertainty in calibrations; Measurement uncertainty in testing. Inter-laboratory comparisons (under WECC, over 70 circulations on a variety of physical quantities have been accomplished). Evaluation and re-evaluation programme based on periodic visits to accreditation bodies. EUROMET secures a common metrological basis for EAL calibration activities. Organizes expert meetings.

Structure

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Financing

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Members

Members in 20 countries
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Type I Classification

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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Research, Standards
    • Inspection, Tests
    • Laboratories
    • Measurement
    • Standards
    • Certification
  • Solidarity
    • Cooperation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

UIA Org ID

F3391

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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