European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), published on its site the revised document EA-INF/05: Directory of European legislations and EU schemes with provisions to accreditation and/or conformity assessment.
This publication has been established to support National Accreditation Bodies by providing a comprehensive directory of EU legislations and schemes in relation to accreditation and conformity assessment according to Regulation (EC) No 765/2008.
The aim of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 is to ensure that products benefiting from the free movement of goods within the Community fulfill requirements providing a high level of protection of public interest such as health and safety in general, health and safety at the workplace, protection of consumers, protection of the environment and security while ensuring that the free movement of products is not restricted to any extent greater than that which is allowed under Community harmonization legislation or any other relevant Community rules.
In order to reach these objectives, it was necessary to establish an overall framework of rules and principles in relation to accreditation, conformity assessment, and market surveillance.
Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 provides a comprehensive framework for accreditation and lays down at the Community level the principles for its operation and organization.
The particular value of accreditation lies in the fact that it provides an authoritative statement of the technical competence of bodies whose task is to ensure conformity with the applicable requirements providing a high level of protection of public interest.
Moreover, transparent accreditation, as provided for in Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, should be considered by the national public authorities as the preferred means of demonstrating the technical competence of conformity assessment bodies (CABs).
Due to the new accreditation system set out in Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, the number of European legislations with reference to accreditation and conformity assessment has increased significantly.
Accreditation is not only the preferred means to demonstrate the competence of CABs in regard to the EU Product legislations, it is used also in many other regulated sectors such as environment, climate, food and feed, transport, data protection and cybersecurity.
The document EA-INF/05 can be downloaded HERE