EA’s worldwide recognition : EA becomes a Recognized Regional Accreditation Group for 4 new sub-scopes in Management Systems

2018-11-30T16:08:54+00:00April 23rd, 2018|International / ILAC / IAF, Multilateral Agreement|

During the 2018 Joint IAF-ILAC Mid-Term meetings, held in Frankfurt (Germany) from 4 to 11 April 2018, EA was recognized as region for 4 new Management system sub-scopes.

  • ISO 50001 – Energy management systems – Requirement with guidance for use
  • ISO/IEC 27001 – Information security management systems – Requirement
  • ISO 13485 – Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes
  • ISO 22000 – Food safety management systems – Requirement for any organization in the food chain

The purpose of the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) is to facilitate mutual recognition and acceptance of certificates issued by accredited Certification Bodies between signatories of the MLA at global level.

EA is already recognized under the main scope ISO/IEC 17021-1 for the sub-scopes Quality Manage-ment Systems (QMS) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and applied for extension of the MLA for Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), Information Security Management Systems (ISMS), Medical Devices Management System (MDMS) and Energy. Management Systems (EnMS) in 2017. The IAF MLA Management Committee approved at its meeting in Frankfurt on 5th April 2018 the EA scope extension.

With the recognition of EA, the EA members, which have applied for the sub-scopes to EA, are now automatically signatories for these sub-scopes by IAF. During the peer evaluations, the National Accreditation Bodies demonstrate their compliance with the relevant requirements set out for the specific scopes.

Click HERE to download the list of National Accreditation Bodies signatories to the IAF MLA Management system sub-scopes

For further details regarding the EA MLA please read EA-1/06 EA Multilateral Agreement – Criteria for signing – Policy and procedures for development.