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From January 2022, DAkkS will actively process accreditations for which an application has already been made in accordance with DIN EN ISO 20387. Biobanks that have already applied for accreditation will be contacted in this regard by their DAkkS case manager.
DAkkS would like to sincerely thank its clients, assessors and committee members for the good and trusting cooperation in 2021, which was once again marked by the pandemic. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a successful start to a healthy and prosperous 2022!
The use of accredited services supports the global response to the threat of climate change
Combating climate change effectively is one of the most urgent global challenges of our time. Just a few weeks ago, the participants in this year’s climate summit in Glasgow agreed on intensified international efforts to combat climate change and confirmed the goals of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. What role do accreditations and conformity assessments play in this context?
Focus on adhering to the statutory mandate and protecting against infection
In the current situation with regard to the pandemic, DAkkS is continuing to provide on-site assessments, provided that all necessary precautionary measures can be observed and the framework conditions allow it to do so.
In a project planned for two years, DAkkS together with other German and Swedish specialist institutions will support the expansion of Namibia’s opportunities to participate in the international trading system. In particular, the project will strengthen the ability of the Namibian Standards Institute (NSI) to act to promote the harmonisation of national standards with European and international standards.
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
Reduced advance payments and greater transparency in fee notices
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.
Federal Ministry amends AkkStelleGebV, the German ordinance on fees for accreditation bodies
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.