After delays caused by the pandemic, the Twinning project with Georgia is entering the next phase of development. The mid-term conference on 7 April 2022 in Tbilisi marks the beginning of the second half of the project, which was extended by nine months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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As a member of the European Union, Germany has responded to Russia’s attack on Ukraine with severe economic sanctions. These sanctions may also have an impact on accreditation and the work of accredited bodies. Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS) is carrying out a comprehensive review of the sanctions imposed and the impact on its own activities. In addition, DAkkS would also like to advise accredited conformity assessment bodies (CABs) of their responsibility to review the applicable sanctions.
After completion of the consultation process, the new rule “R-17011: Rule for application of DIN EN ISO/IEC 17011 for the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies” (R-17011) came into force today and was published on the DAkkS website. This step is an important contribution to the establishment of the new system for the DAkkS body of rules.
Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS) has published the “Lists of documents to be submitted” and the “Annual statements” relevant for accredited bodies in revised form on its website. The documents were revised with due regard to the feedback provided by the relevant accredited bodies and interest groups. The documents are now available for download and use.
On 1 February 2022, DAkkS starts with the gradual implementation of a new organisational structure. With the new organisational structure, DAkkS is creating the conditions required to ensure that it continues to offer a competent, professional and efficient service as a key component of the German quality infrastructure.
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!
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?
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