On 31 July 2022, Prof. Dr. Manfred Hennecke stepped down as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS) as planned.
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DAkkS is changing its procedure for the preparation of accreditation certificates with effect from 15 July 2022. The adaptation of the certificate formats is a further measure in the process of implementing the new organisational structure and enables improved, effective and efficient case processing, in particular for the increasing technical complexity of the scopes in the accreditation cases.
In connection with the war in Ukraine, the European Commission has fleshed out its provisions for the accreditation and conformity assessment sector in a letter to the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA).
DAkkS is now converting all accreditations in the scope of energy management systems (EnMS) to DIN ISO 50003:2022. Guidance on conversion is published on the DAkkS website. The new standard supplements and fleshes out the requirements of DIN EN ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 for EnMS certification bodies.
DAkkS has published the applications and annexes for applying for accreditation in a revised form on its website.
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.
With its publication in the Federal Gazette on 4 April 2022, the determination status of the old rule 71 SD 0 001 was superseded.
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.
In mid-February 2022, Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS) became one of the first accreditation bodies in Europe to accredit a certification body for products, processes and services for certifications of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
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.