Cooperation with EA

European Co-operation for Accreditation  

EA is an association of national accreditation bodies in Europe that are officially designated by the authorities of their states for conducting the audit of organizations that provide assessment services such as certification, verification, inspection, testing, and calibration (also known as conformity assessment services).

The purpose of EA is coordination and management of the European accreditation infrastructure in order to ensure that the results of the conformity assessment services provided in one country are recognized by regulators and the market in other countries without additional assessments that facilitates the development of the European Community and world economy.

According to Article 14 of Reg. 765/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council, which sets out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance regarding the marketing of products of 09 July 2008, EA is formally appointed as a body to implement the abovementioned tasks.

Consequently, the recognition by EA means that NAAU activities are completely equivalent to the activities of any other national accreditation body that is a member of EA, that significantly simplifies access process to the European market for client organizations of the conformity assessment bodies accredited by NAAU.

Today NAAU is recognized by EA in the following areas of activities :

        accreditation of personnel certification bodies (ISO/IEC 17024);

 accreditation bodies for certification of management systems (ISO/IEC 17021);

 accreditation of calibration laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025);

 accreditation of testing laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025); accreditation of inspection bodies (ISO/IEC 17020);

 accreditation of product certification bodies (ISO/IEC 17065).

History of EA and NAAU cooperation

  • November 24, 2004 –an agreement on cooperation between EA and NAAU was signed;
  • October 23-26, 2006 – in accordance with the rules of the EA-2/02 a preliminary audit of  NAAU was conducted by EA evaluators;
  • February  08,  2008 – NAAU applied to EA for recognition in the scope of “testing” and “certification of products”;
  • March 30 – April 03, 2009  – NAAU evaluation by the members of EA evaluation team was Conducted;
  • November 25, 2009 – Agreement on Mutual Recognition of certificates of persons certification by the signatories of EA MLA and NAAU was signed;
  • October 3, 2010 – an application to EA on extension of EA and NAAU Agreement in the scopes of “Testing laboratories” and “Calibration laboratories” was submitted;
  • November 23, 2011 – an Agreement on Associate Membership was signed
  • November 27 –  December 03, 2011 – passing EA evaluation
  • April 19, 2012 – Extension of the Agreement with EA in the scopes of testing and calibration laboratories, management systems certification;
  • May 12-16, 2014 – first part of EA peer evaluation of NAAU was conducted;
  • November 19, 2014 – Extension of the Agreement with EA in the scope of inspection
  • May 25-29, 2015 – second part of EA peer evaluation of NAAU was conducted
  • November 26, 2015 – Extension of the Agreement with EA in the scope of certification of products.

References:

Contract on cooperation between EA and NAAU

Agreement on Associate membership between EA and NAAU

Agreement on Mutual Acceptance of Personnel Certification Certificates between the Signatories to the EA Multilateral Agreement and the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine

Extension of the Agreement between EA and NAAU