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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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A kick-off meeting held in Yerevan in September saw the official launch of a Twinning project between the European Union and the National Accreditation Body of Armenia (ARMNAB). Over the next 18 months and under the leadership of the German accreditation body Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS), ARMNAB will be modernised and reoriented on the basis of international standards and in accordance with the EU regulatory framework.
The Committee on Conformity Assessment of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/CASCO) asks testing and calibration laboratories accredited in accordance with the standard DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 as revised in 2018 to participate in a survey
DAkkS is optimising its billing practices for accreditation services with effect from 1 October 2021. With immediate effect, advance payments are now lower than before. In addition, DAkkS is also adjusting the estimate of fees and disbursements. The changes come into force on 1 October 2021 at the same time as the ordinance on fees as amended by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
As part of the reorganisation of the documentation of its quality management system, DAkkS has adapted the forms for the documentation of assessments. The revised templates are now available in the document database for assessors on the DAkkS website.
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.
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