Accreditation Conference 2015
DAkkS introduces new surveillance policy
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.
With the new surveillance concept the DAkkS places its faith in the quality of the Conformity Assessment Bodies. In future, bodies which consistently offer high-quality services on the market will profit from a maximum interval of 24 months between on-site assessments, as well as less days for assessments compared with the current regulations for such sites.
DAkkS utilises leeway with the surveillance interval
The new concept foresees repeating surveillance visits after an interval of four years. In the interim an on-site assessment will be carried out after an interval of 24 months. DAkkS thus orients itself to the maximum possible interval between on-site visits in the accredited organisations as specified in the standard DIN EN ISO/IEC 17011.
However, DAkkS reserves the right to conduct additional monitoring activities in so far as the requirements for stability and quality for the service which the Conformity Assessment Body offers have, in the opinion of the DAkkS, not been fulfilled and in this way exercises its allowed scope of discretion. This takes place on the basis of objective criteria, such as within the scope of findings during an surveillance visit, feedback from third persons (e.g. complaints) or feedback from the body itself.
Federal ministry develops new fee regulation
The prerequisite for the introduction of the surveillance concept is the taking effect of the new regulation of fees, which the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is presently preparing as the successor to the current schedule of fees. A third important change is the elimination of the time limit for the accreditation, which will be introduced together with the new regulation of fees and the surveillance concept.
In future accreditations without "date of expiry"
In future, the duration of accreditations granted will no longer be limited to five years. An accreditation granted will then remain valid until withdrawn, restricted, suspended or updated to reflect an extension or change by DAkkS. The advantage for the accredited bodies: they will no longer be in danger of losing their accreditation before re-accreditation is issued. Changes to accreditation still require submitting a request. From the taking force of the new "regulation without time limit", only time-unlimited accreditations will be issued. Existing time-limited accreditations can be changed to "unlimited" accreditations by special request.
Changes planned for 2016
The basic prerequisite for the planned changes is the taking force of the new regulation of fees. DAkkS expects this to take place in the course of the year 2016. The elimination of the time limit and the new surveillance concept will be simultaneously introduced, so that a regulated transition from "old" to "new" is ensured.
The draft proposal for the new surveillance concept was introduced for the first time at the Accreditation Conference 2015 in Berlin. The presentation of the speaker Dr. Andreas Hönnerscheid, DAkkS Quality Management Officer, can be downloaded here:
Download presentation (PDF, German language)