EA Structure2019-08-01T15:37:51+00:00
  • The General Assembly is the association’s highest decision-making body;
  • The Executive Committee is responsible for implementing EA policies and manages the association between General Assemblies;
  • The Advisory Board is EA’s main forum for relations with stakeholders;
  • EA Committees discuss technical issues for harmonization purposes. The Multilateral Agreement Council manages the peer-evaluation system.

EA Management

EA General Assembly (EA GA)

The General Assembly, the association’s highest decision-making body, supervises EA management and the general course of affairs in the association and takes decisions on strategy and general policies. The General Assembly creates and dissolves EA Committees. It also elects the Chair and Vice-Chair of EA as well as the Executive Committee officers.

For further details, read:

EA Executive Committee (EA EX)

The Executive Committee is responsible for implementing EA policies and managing the association between EA General Assembly meetings.

Members of the EA Executive Committee (2018-2019)

Ignacio Pina
Ignacio Pina (ENAC, Spain)
EA Chair
Maria Papatzikou
Maria Papatzikou(ESYD, Greece)
Kevin Belson
Kevin Belson(UKAS, UK)
Chair of the Certification Committee (CC)
Lucyna Olborska
Lucyna Olborska(PCA, Poland)
Chair of the Communications & Publications Committee (CPC)
Rolf Straub
Rolf Straub(SAS, Switzerland)
Chair of the Inspection Committee (IC)
Paulo Tavares
Paulo Tavares(IPAC, Portugal)
Chair of the Multilateral Agreement Council (MAC)
Laurent Vinson
Laurent Vinson(COFRAC, France)
Chair of the Laboratory Committee (LC)
Gabriel Zrenner
Gabriel Zrenner(DAkkS, Germany)
Chair of the Horizontal Harmonization Committee (HHC)
Emanuele Riva
Emanuele Riva(ACCREDIA, Italy)
Additional member
Jiří Růžička
Jiří Růžička(CAI, Czech Republic)
Additional member
Martin Sencák
Martin Sencák(SNAS, Slovakia)
Additional member
Ed Wieles
Ed Wieles(RvA, the Netherlands)
Additional member

EA Committees

The Committees of the European co-operation for Accreditation, including the Multilateral Agreement Council, ensure that accreditation is managed in Europe in a harmonized, competent and responsible way, taking account of the views and expectations of all EA Members, regulators and stakeholders.

Certification Committee


Chair: Kevin Belson (UKAS, UK)
Scope: accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies performing certification, validation and verification activities.

Terms of reference

Communications & Publications Committee


Chair: Lucyna Olborska (PCA, Poland)
Scope: platform for sharing experience on communications issues of EA Members and stakeholders’ interest

Terms of reference

Horizontal Harmonization Committee


Chair: Gabriel Zrenner (DAkkS, Germany)
Scope: harmonised implementation of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, EN ISO/IEC 17011 Conformity assessment — Requirements for National Accreditation Bodies (NAB) accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies, and relevant ILAC/IAF and EA application documents.

Terms of reference

Inspection Committee


Chair: Rolf Straub (SAS, Switzerland)
Scope: accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies performing inspection activities.

Terms of reference

Laboratory Committee


Chair: Laurent Vinson (COFRAC, France)
Scope: accreditation of laboratories, proficiency testing providers and reference material producers

Terms of reference

Multilateral Agreement Council


Chair: Paulo Tavares (IPAC, Portugal)
Scope: management and monitoring of the peer-evaluation process, decision on Multilateral Agreement (MLA)/ Bilateral Agreement (BLA) signatories and evaluators’ training and monitoring

Terms of reference

Financial Oversight Committee


Chair:  Todor Gunchev (BAS, Bulgaria)
Scope: monitoring the use of EA’s finances during each financial year. It reports to the General Assembly annually.

Terms of reference

EA Advisory Board (EAAB)

The EA Advisory Board (EAAB) is the main forum for relations with stakeholders and advises EA on a broad range of political and strategic issues. The EAAB is represented in the EA Multilateral Agreement Council.

The Board’s composition constitutes a well-balanced representation of the parties which rely on and contribute to the European accreditation system, with representatives from:

  • Conformity Assessment Bodies;
  • industry, services and trade;
  • consumer associations;
  • metrology institutions;
  • European standardization organizations
  • EU Member States’ national authorities;
  • the European Commission and EFTA.

Discussions focus on issues relating to harmonization, strategy and policy on accreditation. In particular, the EAAB supports EA to ensure that accreditation in conformity assessment activities is applied with openness and transparency.

It also monitors EA developments to promote an accreditation process leading to quality and competence-driven competition between accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies and coherence with international accreditation practice.

Reference documents:

General policies: