Belarusian State Centre

for Accreditation

36th meeting of EA CC

September 2018

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:

  • Working 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.
  • “One 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.
  • IAF 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.
  • Outcome 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 (http://www.european-accreditation.org/faq ).
  • Draft 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 assessors.
  • Development 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...

The next CC meeting will be on the 13-14 March 2019, in Oslo (Norway).


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