Peer Evaluation Activity
The international accreditation network has been growing as more economies have set up competent national accreditation bodies. There has been a 36% increase in the number of accredited organisations since 2012. The increase is the result of an increase in the number of accreditation bodies signatories to the EA MLA, and an increase in the number of areas where accreditation is used.
|EA Accredition Statistics||2015||2016|
|Testing Labs 17025||17895||18733|
|Testing Labs 15189||2966||3410|
|Validation and Verification||133||133|
|Products Certification Bodies||1606||1742|
|Management Systems Certification Bodies||1218||1365|
|Persons Certification Bodies||443||484|
|Medical Devices Quality Management||118||181|
|Information Security Management Systems||183||196|
|Food Safety Management Systems||252||231|
|Proficiency Testing Providers||160||176|
With the growth in accredited organisations there is now even more emphasis to support stringent rules to maintain consistency and achieve equal confidence throughout Europe.
The peer evaluation process is on-going and extensive. The following table shows the number of evaluations and man days required and an overview of the evaluations carried out over the last three years:
|Total evaluations performed||13||10||19|
|of which extraordinary evaluations||1||1||1|
|Total man-days of evaluation effort||807||583||1138|
|No conditions imposed||7||6||4|
In progress or planned for 2017: 23
The peer evaluation teams reported a total of 74 non-conformities, 61 concerns and 49 comments in 2016.