Cooperation with Stakeholders

Involving interested parties has always been a priority and a commitment of the European co-operation for Accreditation. The objective is firstly to establish confidence, and secondly to enable parties interested in accreditation to put their views forward to EA.

The European Commission, through Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 and the General Guidelines for the Cooperation between the European co-operation for Accreditation and the European Commission, the European Free Trade Association and the competent national authorities, establishes formal relations between EA, National Accreditation Bodies (NAB) and stakeholders. According Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, EA shall consult all relevant stakeholders, so that the broadest possible range of views is taken into account in drawing up accreditation guidelines and other documents and that the procedures are open and transparent.

It is important to highlight the considerable contribution that representatives from the various stakeholder groups make to the work of EA. They participate in all the EA technical committees.

EA-1/15 EA Policy for Relation with Stakeholders gives EA and its stakeholders the framework to maintain constructive and transparent cooperation through active participation in EA work.

Close relations with stakeholders help EA to ensure that accreditation remains connected to the market and reactive to technological, legislative and societal changes. It also creates a link enabling EA Members to adapt their accreditation services on a continuous basis, avoiding creating an unnecessary burden on Conformity Assessment Bodies and businesses.

According to this policy, a distinct ‘Recognized Stakeholder’ status with associated rights and obligations is granted to organizations that have a particular institutional interest in contributing to EA’s technical activities and wish to become more directly involved in EA’s associative life.

Recognized Stakeholders must be organizations or bodies, either private or public, with a distinct European or international role (in the latter case, predominantly that proactively contribute to European social and economic matters) and a clear interest in accreditation and conformity assessment activities. Associations, in particular, must have significant membership from the EU and EFTA Member States.

Applications for the Recognized Stakeholder status shall be sent to the EA Secretariat.

Private and public entities represented in the EA Advisory Board (EAAB) are treated as Recognized Stakeholders of right. If desired by the entity concerned, such treatment is maintained even after completion of the tenure on the Board.

Today, EA has about 40 Recognized Stakeholders representing regulators, industry, conformity assessment bodies, consumers and standardization and metrology organizations.

The organisations listed below, whose full details are in EA-INF/02: 2019 Contact Persons of EA Full and Associate Members, Recognized Stakeholders and Observers, are part of EA Recognised Stakeholders. 

ANEC
European Consumer Voice in Standardisation

Bioenergy Europe
European Biomass Association

BusinessEurope
Confederation of European business federations

CAPIEL
European Coordinating Committee of Manufacturers of Electrical Switchgear and Controlgear

CEN
European Committee for Standardization (CEN)

CENELEC
European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)

Danish Industries
Danish Confederation of Industries

E3S
European Sensory Science Society

EDQM
European Directorate for the Quality of Medicine and HealthCare of the Council of Europe

EFAC
European Federation of Associations of Certification Bodies

EFLM
European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine

EFNDT
European Federation for Non-destructive Testing

EGOLF
European Group of Organisations for Fire Testing, Inspection and Certification

ENFSI
European Network of Forensic Science Institutes

EOCC
European Organic Certifiers Council

EOQ
European Organisation for Quality

EPPO
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation

ERA
European Union Agency for Railways

ETICS
European Testing Inspection Certification Systems

ETSI
European Telecommunications Standards Institute

EURACHEM
Network of European organisations working for international traceability of chemical measurements

EURAMET
European Association of National Metrology Institutes

EUROCER Building
Association of product certification bodies in Europe active in the construction sector

EUROLAB
European Federation of National Associations of Measurement, Testing and Analytical Laboratories

EWF
European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting

FAMI-QS
Quality and Safety System for Speciality Feed Ingredients asbl

FSSC 22000
Food Safety System Certification

GLOBALG.A.P
Worldwide Standard for Good Agricultural Practices

IFS
International Featured Standards

IIOC
Independent International Organisation for Certification

IQNet
International Certification Network

NB-Rail Association

ORGALIM
Europe’s technology industries

PEFC International
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes

TIC Council
Association of the global independent Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) industry

UILI
International Union of Independent Laboratories

WELMEC
European Cooperation in Legal Metrology