Accreditation process of Conformity Assessment Bodies by Akkreditierung Austria, the Austrian national Accreditation Body
- Regulation (EC) 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and repealing Regulation (EEC) 339/93,
- Accreditation Act 2012 (AkkG), Federal Law Gazette no. 28/2012, last amended by Federal Law Gazette no. 40/2014,
- Regulation on Accreditation Fees, Federal Law Gazette no. 70/1994 as amended in Federal Law Gazette II no. 490/2001,
- Regulation on Accreditation Insurance, Federal Law Gazette II no. 13/1997 as amended in Federal Law Gazette II no. 490/2001,
- Regulation on Accreditation Marks, Federal Law Gazette II no. 116/2013,
- ISO/IEC 17011:2004
- Harmonised Accreditation Standards published in the Gazette of the European Union
Areas of accreditation provided by Akkreditierung Austria:
Akkreditierung Austria provides accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies to the following, harmonised accreditation standards:
- Calibration laboratorie acc. to ISO/IEC 17025:2005
- Testing laboratorie acc. to ISO/IEC 17025:2005
- Medical laboratorie acc. to ISO 15189:2012
- Inspection Bodies acc. to ISO/IEC 17020:20012
- Proficiency Testing Providers acc. to EN ISO/IEC 17043:2010
- Reference material Producers acc. to ISO Guide 34:2009 / EN ISO 17034:2016
- Certification Bodies for Management Systems acc. to ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015
- Certification Bodies for Products acc. to ISO/IEC 17065:2012
- Certification Bodies for Persons acc. to ISO/IEC 17024:2012
- Verification Bodies for Greenhous Gases acc. to ISO/IEC 14065:2013
Traceability can be obtained by National Metrology Institutes issuing certificates under the CIPM MRA or by accredited calibration bodies (within the EA-MLA/ILAC MRA). If that is not possible traceability can be obtained by a verification body authorised by the NMI. If this is not possible as well traceability shall be established to appropriate measurement standards according to clause 22.214.171.124.2 of EN ISO/IEC 17025.
Accredited bodies must prove to have transacted insurance to cover personal injury, damage to property and economic loss.
The minimum coverage is stipulated by the Akkreditierungsversicherungsverordnung (Regulation on Accreditation Insurance, AkkVV) of Federal Law Gazette II no. 13/1997 as amended in Federal Law Gazette II no. 490/2001, and currently amounts to 872,074.01 €.
The Accreditation Act 2012 Art. 6 defines the tasks and composition of the Accreditation Board. The rules of procedure further define the way of working of the Accreditation Board.
The Accreditation Board i.a.
- decides in initial- and re-assessments on the assessors and on granting or denying an accreditation
- provides advise on accreditation issues to Akkreditierung Austria
- serves as a forum to harmonise the interests of national authorities involved in accreditation.
The Extended Accreditation Board
- is one of the major interfaces for interested parties to Akkreditierung Austria
Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies are authorised to use, in addition to the federal coat-of-arms, an accreditation mark as specified in the Akkreditierungszeichen-VO (Regulation on Accreditation Marks) and guide L 04.
Every accredited Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) is granted a specific accreditation mark for every conformity assessment activity (such as calibration, testing, inspection, certification of managemnt systems, certification of products, processes and services, certification of personnel, verification ...). The use of such accreditation marks is restricted to the specific Conformity Assessment Body.
Use of the accreditation mark is mandatory on all reports / certificates issued by accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies, if at least a part of the conformity assessment activity was performed under the granted accreditation.
In line with the provisions of the standard ISO/IEC 17011:2004 accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies must be re-assessed every five years and periodically assessed in-between.
Periodic surveillance of the requirements for accreditation are necessary for Akkreditierung Austria to meet its European and international obligations (EA, ILAC, IAF) so that its accreditations will be recognised in Europe and internationally.
The planed assessments should take place according to the following time-tables:
IA = initial assessment / RA =reassessment / SV =surveillance assessment (all times in months)
IA - SV 1 - SV 2 - SV 3 - RA 1
intervals 12 - 16 - 16
time effective: 0 - 12 - 28 - 44 - 60
RA X - SV 1 - SV 2 - SV 3 - RA X+1
intervals 15 - 15 - 15
time effective: 0 - 15 - 30 - 45 - 60
The above schedule indicates the surveillance intervals starting from the validity date of accreditation as set forth in the initial accreditation decision.
The intervals specified above for periodic surveillances may be reduced at any time by Akkreditierung Austria or upon application of the accredited Conformity Assessment Body.
Depending on the field of accreditation, Conformity Assessment Bodies are subject to witness assessments.
For every modification or extension of the scope of accreditation an application to Akkreditierung Austria is required.
All Conformity Assessment Bodies are accredited by an official notification ("Bescheid") issued by the Austrian National Accreditation Body "Akkreditierung Austria", under the responsible authority of the Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy.