The European Single Market, and consequently also a significant component of prevention activity, is founded upon suitable procedures for the testing, certification and monitoring of product conformity. The concept of using third parties to evaluate the compliance of products and production methods against statutory requirements is not reliable unless accreditation for this purpose is limited to technically qualified, impartial and reliable bodies.
In order for conformity assessment bodies to be assessed and accredited against a complete, uniform and inherently consistent body of provisions and standards, KAN calls for example for:
Proposals by KAN for informative Annexes Z in standards governing the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies (pdf)
Annex 1 (xlsx)
Annex 2 (zip)
KAN study "Accreditation of conformity assessment bodies" (2011) (pdf)