The 36th meeting
of EA CC was hosted by PCA, the Polish National Accreditation Body (NAB).
With 62 participants,
including representatives from EA stakeholders, such as CEOC International,
EFAC (European Federation of Associations of Certification Bodies), EWF
(European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting), IIOC (Independent
International Organisation for Certification), IQNet (International
Certification Network) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest
Certification Schemes), the discussions were led by the EA CC Chair, Kevin
Belson from UKAS, the UK NAB, and the CC Vice Chair, Varpu Rantanen from FINAS,
Finland, on the following topics:
Group on ICT and Data Security: the
CC confirmed the setting up of a new Working Group with the task to
contribute to the development of consistent accreditation of entities
delivering certification in the Information and Communications Technology
and Data Security field.
voice” concept: based on the EA
Strategy 2025 “From Good to Great”, there is continuous discussion on that
subject in CC, notably when considering IAF related topics and documents.
To get the best input at IAF level, coordination should improve, as
supported by stakeholder members of the CC.
meetings in Singapore: special attention was
paid to the busy meeting schedule of the IAF annual meetings in October in
Singapore. The objective was to ensure a representation of EA as large as
possible since a number of key issues are currently under development.
of workshops: CC workshops are an
important time during the CC meetings, dedicated to group discussion on
topics identified by CC members themselves. They give rise to exchange and
sharing of experience with the aim to come up with common understanding
and common positions on specific topics. CC Members agreed to benefit
further of workshop outcome by including consensus results in the CC FAQs
EA-3/XX policy for Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected
Geographical Indication (PGI), and Traditional Specialities Guaranteed
(TSG): the future EA publication is intended to
outline the policy for Accreditation Bodies to determine the approach of
Certification Bodies seeking accreditation to certify PDO/PGI/TSG. The
draft has been worked out by CC Working Group Food and is now ready for
circulation to EA comments.
- New ISO
22000 Food Safety Management: there is a concern with
transition to the new revision of the standard and CC members agreed to
raise the point with IAF in Singapore in order to determine a common
approach. The lack of specific rules for transition indeed would undermine
harmonization in the implementation of the standard. Additionally, EA is
considering setting up a training workshop on the new standard for NAB
of new ISO/IEC DIS 17029 Conformity Assessment — General principles and
requirements for validation and verification bodies: the drafting work has been led by EA CC
representatives and good progress was reported. This future standard meant
to be under level 3 of the EA and IAF MLA (harmonized standards or other
normative documents at the same level as ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, 17021 etc)
will contain general requirements for conformity assessment bodies
performing conformity assessment activities included in Level 2.
More information could be
found on the official EA website HERE. https://european-accreditation.org/the-certificati...
next CC meeting will be on the 13-14 March 2019, in Oslo (Norway).