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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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In the Federal Law Gazette of 25 August 2021, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy published an amendment to the ordinance on fees for accreditation bodies. The ordinance will come into force in two stages on 1 October 2021 and 1 April 2022.
In view of the continuing tense situation with regard to the rate of new infections, DAkkS is adhering to its policy of conducting on-site assessments abroad only in non-risk countries. To protect all those involved, DAkkS is therefore giving precedence to the implementation of remote assessments wherever technically possible.
Despite the difficult circumstances of the pandemic, DAkkS confirmed the comprehensive accreditation of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) with its handover of the accreditation certificates in mid-May 2021.
In July 2021, Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS) and WSV, the German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration, signed a new administrative agreement to continue their cooperation.
On 16 July 2021, Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 “setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products” will be amended.
Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS) and the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) have extended their cooperation on the type approval of motor vehicles. In a joint agreement, the two stakeholders have made further arrangements on how the assessment, designation and monitoring of so-called technical services in vehicle approval procedures is carried out on the basis of DAkkS accreditation.
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 third workshop in a five-part series of events takes place on 4 June 2021, organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Mexican Secretariat of Economy (SE). With its participation in the form of a presentation and panel discussion at the event, DAkkS is supporting the exchange of experience and perspectives between stakeholders in the German and Mexican quality infrastructure system. The goal is to develop a common understanding of the QI system in both countries.
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.
Following the revision of the document EA-2/17 of the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS) has withdrawn Rule 71 SD 0 022. The German translation of the EA document, which defines requirements for accreditation for notification purposes, replaces the previous rule.
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.
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