Berlin, 7th May 2018 – From 14 to 15 May 2018, the sixth international training for assessors of ac-creditation bodies for Organic Production according to ISO/IEC 17065 continues with its objective to achieve an effective, risk-oriented surveillance of control bodies and the overall harmonization of international accreditation of certification bodies.
German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) is currently preparing the process of conversion to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard. The new version of the globally applicable standard for the laboratory sector was drawn up by the competent committee for conformity assessment (CASCO) at the international standardisation body ISO and published in English at the end of November.
In January, German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) was recognised by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an accreditation body in the area of American formaldehyde regulation. From this point on, DAkkS can accredit approved certification bodies in the area of formaldehyde emission measurement.
Change in the organisational structure of the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS): as of 1 January 1 2018, two of the six current divisions at DAkkS will be merged into one. The new department of “Metrology | Construction | Transport | Renewable Energy”, will incorporate all technical fields formerly found in divisions 1 and 5 into a new structure.
The metrological laboratories for the calibration of weighing instruments of the Rwanda Standards Board have been accredited by DAkkS. This makes the national laboratories of Rwanda to the first in the country that are now accredited against the international standard ISO/IEC 17025.
Evaluated last week in Berlin by the European co-operation for Accreditation ( EA), German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) achieved a good interim result. The subject matter of the evaluation process was the accreditation of proficiency test providers in accordance with the international standard DIN EN ISO/IEC 17043.
With over 120 participants from 47 countries, the EA General Assembly started today in Berlin. At the assembly of the European accreditation organization EA, representatives from national accreditation bodies and the industry gather twice a year.
In cooperation with the German accreditation body (DAkkS), the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) conducted a study, which compares the functioning of accreditation bodies in Europe in order to identify and promote "best practices".
In the past few years there has been a remarkable demand for specific management systems based on ISO / IEC 17021-1: 2015. DAkkS has evaluated two certifiable standards in this area and included both of them into its accreditation portfolio.