08.05.2023  News
TURKAK Representatives Attended EA’s 2023 Spring Committee Meetings

Representatives of the Turkish Accreditation Agency participated in the following committee meetings held by the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) in the 2023 Spring term.

  • Laboratory Committee (LC) – Ankara, Türkiye
  • Horizontal Harmonization Committee (HHC) – Brussels, Belgium
  • Certification Committee (CC) – Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Inspection Committee (IC) – Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Communications and Publications Committee (CPC) – Riga, Latvia
  • Multilateral Agreement Council (MAC) – Belgrade, Serbia

In the meetings, representatives of national accreditation institutions of EA member countries exchanged ideas on related fields and worked on harmonization of accreditation activities. Some important issues discussed at the meeting are listed below:

EA Horizontal Harmonization Committee (HHC)

  • Harmonization in the application of ISO/IEC 17011 and the responsibilities of all other relevant parties with the relevant ILAC/IAF and EA documents
  • Exchange of ideas on revision of EA-1/22, EA-2/15, EA-INF/04, EA-1/06 documents

EA Certification Committee (CC)

  • Initiation of review processes for ISO/IEC 17065:2012 and ISO/IEC 17024:2012, briefing on revision studies of level 4 and 5 standards and IAF and EA implementation documents, and discussions on questions submitted to the committee
  • Workshop on “Risk-based audit planning” in the field of ISO/IEC 17021-1

EA Communications and Publications Committee (CPC)

  • CN ( Communicaiton Network) planned to be terminated and replaced by EA CPC
  • Communication departments of accreditation institutions, activities, artificial intelligence , reaching new technical experts
  • Workshop on communication crisis and what to do when there are unwanted comments and interactions on social media

EA Laboratory Committee (LC)

  • Revision requirement in EA-4/21 INF:2018 document and Laboratory Committee (LC) WG Health Resort Negotiations for revision approval of the ToR ( Terms of References ) document
  • Flexible Scope Workshop for Proficiency Test Providers and Training of Trainers for EN ISO 15189:2022 in September 2023
  • Approval of the 2024 Laboratory Committee Draft Work program

EA Inspection Committee (IC)

  • Assessment of the need for a working group on ISO/IEC 17020 crime scene investigation
  • EU ETV ( Environmental Technology Verification ), ERA (European Railway Agency) AsBo areas and current developments on GAFTA and SERMI (2021/1244) programs
  • Revision of ISO/IEC 17020
  • Exchange of ideas on the creation of a common pool for Accreditation Bodies on technical experts

EA Multilateral Agreement Council (MAC)

  • “ Procedures for launching the EA MLA for accreditation of Biobanking according to Approval of EN ISO 20387
  • EA's Approval to apply to ILAC for biobank expansion
  • At least 2 EA members will be covered by the EA MLA after successful peer assessment in the biobank area