Structure of the department
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.
Accreditations and conformity assessment bodies
This subject area can accredit testing laboratories in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, inspection bodies in accordance with DIN ISO/IEC EN 17020, proficiency testing providers in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17043 and reference material producers in accordance with DIN EN ISO 17034, for example for phytopathological analysis of plant and other materials from agriculture and horticulture. Conformity assessment bodies can also be accredited for testing of seeds in this subject area. In addition to accreditation as a testing laboratory, accreditation as an inspection body is also possible, for example in the area of protection of animals.
In addition to the requirements of the associated accreditation standards, the sectoral rules of the Sector Committee on Consumer Health Protection and cross-disciplinary rules and regulations are also binding.
Accreditation in this subject area is 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
The benefit of an accreditation for a laboratory is that the results of its tests are trusted. Because the accreditation is accepted internationally, this produces a competitive advantage over non-accredited competitors.