We are DAkkS
We are Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS), the national accreditation body of the Federal Republic of Germany. Our accreditations establish confidence in the work of testing, inspection and certification bodies whose assessment services are required in many sectors of the economy. With an accreditation, we confirm that these organisations can perform their work competently and in accordance with the requirements of internationally applicable standards, legal bases and relevant rules. That is our legal mandate. With our accreditations, we help to make products, processes and services safer and to simplify trade in Europe and around the world – in the interests of the nation and the economy, of protecting society and the environment.
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June 9 is World Accreditation Day. This year’s day of action will focus on the contribution of accreditation to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of the European Parliament and of the Council on medical devices is effective from 26 May 2021. Together with Regulation (EU) 2017/746 of the European Parliament and of the Council on in vitro diagnostic medical devices, with its date of application following on 26 May 2022, it has implications for accreditation in the area of medical devices. In future, the requirements for accreditations in this area will essentially result from the respective underlying standards without additional sectoral requirements.
The ECJ has provided legal clarity for the activities of accreditation bodies from so-called third countries in European countries. With its ruling of 6 May 2021, the ECJ classifies this accreditation activity as unlawful and prohibits it in Europe as a matter of principle.
Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS) has completely revamped its website at www.dakks.de. With the relaunch, Germany’s national accreditation body is improving the ability of users of the website to find relevant information quickly and easily. In addition to a modern, graphic web design and a broadening of the range of information on offer, the development work also focused on optimising the site’s structure and navigation.
The German National Accreditation Body DAkkS and Assurance Services International (ASI) are pleased to announce a new form of partnership - bringing together national accreditation and ASI expertise in worldwide sustainability certification oversight.
The European Commission has extended the harmonisation status of the laboratory standard EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Accreditations that are based on this older version of the international standard and are not converted to the new version of the standard on schedule will now not lose their validity until 1 July 2021, as opposed to the earlier date of 1 January 2021.
DAkkS is responding to the continuing restrictions on contact and travel and is extending the use of remote assessments. Whereas remote assessments were previously intended only as a replacement for necessary surveillance assessments and reassessments during the period of restrictions caused by the corona pandemic, they can now also be used under certain circumstances for the processing of applications for extension.
DAkkS today publishes comprehensive guidelines for its clients on how to carry out remote assessments. As far as possible, these replace necessary surveillance assessments and reassessments for the period of the restrictions caused by the corona pandemic.
Given the spread of the coronavirus and taking into account the recommendations of the German Federal Government, the Robert Koch Institute and other competent authorities, the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) has taken measures to protect employees, assessors and clients. DAkkS will continue to fulfil its authoritative task and is asking its clients for understanding for the changes the adopted measures will bring in relation to our procedures.
On 20 December 2019 starts the Twinning project to strengthen the accreditation system with the focus on EU technical regulations in Georgia. Within the German-Italian consortium the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) is responsible for the project leadership and project management of the two-year project.
Looking toward the end of the Twinning project “Strengthening the National Accreditation System of the Republic of Azerbaijan”, the project partners extended invitations to a closing event in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 1 October 2019. Among those attending were the German National Accreditation Body
DAkkS in its role as lead partner and project manager, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in its role as project leader, the accreditation bodies of Italy and Latvia, ACCREDIA and LATAK, as well as the Ambassador of the European Delegation and representatives of the Azerbaijani Accreditation Centre (AzAK). Aside from the project results, the focus of the event was on looking ahead to the future of AzAK.
On 14 February, Cecilie Laake, Director General of Norsk Akkreditering (NA) and Tove Kristin Dokka, Accreditation Manager at the Norwegian accreditation body, visited DAkkS. Topics covered in the bilateral exchange included the new risk-based approach for the assessment programme, the organisational structures of DAkkS and the new fee regulation.
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