Structure of the department
This subject area is divided into the technical fields “Foodstuffs”, “Spring, mineral and bottled water”, “Feedstuffs”, “Commodities”, “Cosmetics”, “Tobacco products”, “Meat hygiene”, “Verification of veterinary drugs”, “Animal by-products” and “Food hygiene”.
Accreditations and conformity assessment bodies
The department accredits testing laboratories, inspection bodies, providers of proficiency testing and reference material producers. Testing laboratories can be accredited for physical, physico-chemical, chemical, biological, microbiological, molecular biological, histological, immunological, visual, parasitological, sensory analysis and radioactivity measurements in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, with proficiency testing providers accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17043 and reference material producers for interlaboratory comparisons or reference materials in accordance with DIN EN ISO 17034. In accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020, inspections of products as well as of production and its environment can be accredited.
In addition to the requirements of the accreditation standards, the sectoral rules of the Sector Committee on Consumer Health Protection and cross-disciplinary rules and regulations are also binding.
Accreditations are sometimes on the basis of legal requirements. For example, official laboratories must be accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 and Regulation (EU) No 2017/625. For all other laboratories, accreditation is voluntary.
Benefits of accreditation
This accreditation not only certifies that conformity assessment bodies have the competence for their work, it also independently confirms maintenance of this competence by means of regular assessments.