Peer Evaluation Activity
The international accreditation network has been growing as more economies have set up competent national accreditation bodies. There has been a 20% increase in the number of accredited organisations since 2008. 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||2013||2014|
|Testing Labs 17025||13789||14103|
|Testing Labs 15189||2310||2630|
|Greenhouse Gases Verifiers (GHG)||111||144|
|Products Certification Bodies||1415||1425|
|Management Systems Certification Bodies||1190||1134|
|Persons Certification Bodies||403||403|
|Organic Farming Certification||125||167|
|Occupational Health and Safety Management System||171||203|
|Information Security Management Systems||91||105|
|Food Safety Management Systems||172||173|
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 tables shows the number of evaluations and man days required over the last five years and an overview of the evaluations carried out in 2013 and 2014:
|Total Evaluations performed:||22||13||19||12||11||14|
|Total man-days of evaluation effort||805||455||750||754||673||807|
|Total evaluations performed||11||13|
|of which extraordinary evaluations||5||1|
|Total man-days of evaluation effort||673||807|
|No conditions imposed||6||7|
|In progress or planned for 2013: 15 - 18|
The peer evaluation teams reported a total of 88 non-conformities, 108 concerns and 84 comments in 2014.