With effect from 1 September 2016, Dr. Stephan Finke is new Managing Director of the German accreditation body Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS). He succeeds Norbert Barz, who in the autumn will be handing over the role to his successor and leaving the company on grounds of age at the end of 2016 after seven years in the position.
The so-called „metrological traceability” is one of the pillars of conformity assessment. The German national accreditation body (DAkkS) has adjusted its requirements regarding the metrological traceability policy in order to meet the requirement of the European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA).
Change in the Hungarian accreditation system: In accordance with the new Accreditation Act approved in the Hungarian Parliament the country's national accreditation body NAT ceased its activities on 31st December 2015.
In cooperation with the German Accreditation Body DAkkS and the Chair of Innovation Economics at the Technische Universität Berlin, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) will organise on 9 December 2015 a Colloquium on the topic "Benefits of Accreditation".
DAkkS perspectively intends to resume its accreditation activities in Iran. The German accreditation body is thus responding to the positive political developments surrounding the controversy about the country's nuclear programme.
Nearly 400 guests, 17 speakers, three forums and two locations – the Accreditation Conference 2015 was the largest specialised event of its kind to date. For the fourth time already, the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) invited experts, decision makers, expert appraisers and representatives of industry and government authorities to Berlin for an exchange of views.
In future the surveillance of accreditations granted will place greater emphasis upon a consideration of the individual "performance and stability" of the Conformity Assessment Bodies. This is the heart of the new surveillance concept which the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) has now introduced in Berlin together with two further new improvements.
From 20th to 21st May 2015, the third international training for assessors of Organic Production according to ISO/IEC 17065 takes place in Berlin, organized by the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS). Its aim is to achieve an effective, risk-oriented surveillance of control bodies and the overall harmonization of international accreditation of certification bodies active in organic production.
A new document from the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) provides national accreditation bodies with an important tool in future. This is intended to advance the harmonisation of the accreditation practice in the legally regulated sector in Europe.