The workshop entitled "EA Policy for Conformity Assessment Scheme, EA-1/22" was held in Belgrade in the period between 5th and 6th February 2013 and it was organised by the Accreditation Body of Serbia (ATS) and Accreditation Body of Greece (ESYD) as part of the PTB project entitled “Promotion of regional cooperation in South East Europe in the field of quality infrastructure”. The workshop was coordinated by Maria Papatzikou and Virginios Voudouris from ESYD, and Natalija Jovičić Zarić from ATS.
The EA-1/22 document defines the policy of the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) in terms of conditions under which EA establishes formal relationship with the owners of conformity assessment schemes, principles used to recognise schemes as part of the MLA, nature of the relationship between EA and scheme owner and describes the EA decision-making process for these issues. At the same time, accreditation bodies are obliged to adhere to the principles of this EA document when they review the conformity assessment schemes accredited within different national accreditation systems.
The workshop covered the following topics:
- requirements of the current issue of EA-1/22 A-AB:2006, EA Policy for Conformity Assessment Schemes (Sector Schemes), and the difference and novelties to this new edition of the document entitled EA-1/22, EA Policy, Criteria and Procedure for the Evaluation of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Recognition Under the EA MLA that has not yet been adopted by the EA members;
- ESYD experiences in the application of the EA-1/22 document especially in the field of certification of persons (detailed presentation of the ESYD guideline for the recognition of the scheme for the certification of persons);
- practical application of the EA-1/22 document, dilemmas and how to solve them.
In addition to the ATS representatives, the workshop was attended by the representatives of ATCG (Accreditation Body of Montenegro), IARM (Institute for Accredittion of the FYR of Macedonia), BATA (Institute for Accreditation of Bosnia & Herzegovina) and DA (Akreditation Body of Albania).