Director letter - EA "peer evaluation"
2018. 07. 22.

NAH, the National Accreditation Authority is very proud to be again a signatory to the European cooperation for Accreditation Multilateral Agreement (EA MLA), and fully recognizes the importance of this towards our customers - conformity assessment bodies (CAB) operating in Hungary and on international level. It is therefore our policy to ensure that the scope of our MLA covers all activities requested, and to this end NAH applied to become a signatory for the new MLA covering accreditation of proficiency testing providers (PTP).

The peer evaluation took place during the last week of June 2018. The Evaluation covered a 5-day period, including witnessing of NAH assessment of all the MLA fields including PTP, by a team consisting of eleven evaluators from ten countries, and a Team Leader.

Parallel to the normal peer evaluation and the extension for PTP, NAH took the opportunity to request that the systems and processes of NAH’s operation were also assessed against the requirements of the revised/new standard for the operation of accreditation bodies: ISO/IEC 17011:2017. The updated version was published in November 2017 in English and in the beginning of this year in Hungarian, with an agreed transition period of three years, meaning all accreditation bodies must demonstrate compliance with the new requirements by April 30, 2020 in order to maintain MLA signatory status.

NAH is now delighted to report that the peer evaluation was highly successful on both counts, with the EA peer evaluation team reporting:

“NAH operates its testing laboratory, medical testing laboratory, calibration laboratory, inspection body, proficiency testing providers, management system certification bodies, product certification bodies, certification bodies of persons, validation and certification bodies accreditation programs substantially in accordance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011:2017.”

NAH will now work on the findings raised by the team so that the evaluation can be formally closed. At that stage the final report planned to be submitted to the EA Multilateral Agreements Council for a formal decision on signatory status at the next meeting, in the beginning of October 2018 in Budapest.

I would like to use this opportunity to thanks all the colleagues in NAH for outstanding performance, openness towards the peer evaluators and sacrifice. Without this we could not report this success!

THANKS ALL OF YOU! I’M PROUD OF YOU!

Miklós Devecz

Director General

09.07.2018