Position Statements

Position statement 1/2016

Relating to accreditation according to Standard MSZ EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005, the National Accreditation Authority issues the following position statement in respect of budgetary organisations.

1.) According to Standard MSZ EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005, those budgetary organisations are eligible for accreditation whose Deed of Foundation includes the public service ‘041170 Technical testing, analysis’ as laid down in Annex No. 1 of Ministry of National Economy Decree No. 68/2013. (XII.29.) NGM.

2.) In addition to the main rule defined in point 1.), budgetary organisations whose Deed of Foundation does not contain the public service activity ‘041170 Technical testing, analysis’ can be accredited according to Standard MSZ EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 if, in relation to the performance of their tasks required of them by legislation they perform technical testing and analysis, that is, they perform it not as an independent activity, independently of other functions.

In the case defined in this point, the activity relating to the performance of the tasks required by legislation needs to be indicated in the Deed of Foundation. (Indication of the task of administrative nature as relating to the activity).

13 December 2016

National Accreditation Authority

Position statement 1/2018

Following the structural transformation of the Government, the National Accreditation Authority issues the following statement regarding the transfer of accredited statuses of accredited organizations.

Accredited organizations that are affected by changes in ownership or supervisory body following the reorganization of the ministries, must report the change on the NAD-102 form, indicating the legal reference of the change.

According to the General Administrative Law CL. of 2016 Act 41 NAH will make a summary decision about the change of accredited status and transfer the new information into the register of the accredited statuses. Depending on the notified changes, further evaluation will take place in accordance with Section 4.10.3 of the NAR-01 Rules.

5 June 2018

National Accreditation Authority

Position statement 2/2018

NAH position statement on non-standard test methods

1. In case of using testing methods described in the law, the Codex Alimentarius Hungaricus, the Codex Pabularis Hungaricus, etc. it is recommended to use the original method ID. No validation is required, but the method must be verified.

2. In case of using test methods of manufacturer, it is recommended to use the original method ID. The laboratory has to demonstrate that the method is validated and verify the method. In the absence of validation, the laboratory has to validate it.

3. In case of using test method from another accredited testing laboratory with the consent of the method owner, the method ID is optional but it is recommended to use the original method ID. The laboratory must demonstrate that the method is validated and that the method is verified.

4. In case of using test method from a non-accredited testing laboratory, the method ID is optional, but it is recommended to use the original method ID. If the method is not validated, the laboratory must validate the method; if the validated status is demonstrated then it has to be verified.

5. In case of using self-developed test methods, the method ID is arbitrary (the decision of the laboratory, but it must be used consistently), the description of the method may indicate the source, but the Scope of Accreditation will not include this. Validation of this method is required.

10 August 2018

National Accreditation Authority

Position statement 3/2018

NAH Position statement on the transfer of a method change

1. In case of revocation of legislation: if the test method described in the law was accredited and the accredited body would like to apply a standard method similar to the technical but not the technical content, its transfer can only be carried out within the framework of the extension procedure in accordance with the current accreditation requirements.

2. On 30 January 2018, Regulation (EC) No 273/2008, which contained the reference method "Determination of milk fat purity by gas chromatographic analysis of triglycerides", was withdrawn. An accredited organization can use accredited MSZ EN ISO 17678: 2010 standard instead of the method set out in the Regulation [Milk and Milk Products. Determination of milk fat purity gas chromatographic analysis of triglycerides (reference method) because the technical content of the two methods are verifiably the same.

10 August 2018

National Accreditation Authority

Position statement 1/2019 -suspended

Due to the consultation of the parties concerned, this statement is suspended.

As soon as consultations with stakeholders have taken place, the statement will be refined.

Resolution on the use of method identifiers

An accredited testing laboratory may use a standard mark in a given field only if the field of application in the scope of the standard contains that field.

If the field of application is outside the scope of the standard, the standard mark can not be used and the accredited body shall have its own unique method identifier (possibly with "adapted" or "with regard to… standard") and validate it.

For example MSZ EN ISO 17294-2: 2005 Water quality. The use of inductively coupled plasma source mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Part 2: Determining 62 Elements (ISO 17294-2: 2003) The scope of the standard covers the determination of 62 elements in a water matrix. If you want to examine this from solid waste or want to examine an element that is not included in element 62 in a water matrix and/or another matrix, then you need to provide a new method identifier.

The resolution was issued in accordance with the answer to NAH’s question, given by EA Laboratory Committee on 28 March 2019.

13 May 2019

National Accreditation Authority

Position statement 2/2019 (IAF MD4:2018 Issue 2)


The International Accreditation Forum published the „IAF Mandatory Document 4 (MD 4) for the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for auditing/assessment purposes - Issue 2 on 4 of July 2019.

The NAH during the review of the certification procedure for ICT apply the following rules:

- The process of ICT technologies should be regulated by the certification body

- If the ICT application exceeds 30% of the on-site audit time, the audit must be notified to the NAH (30 days before it).

  • The head of the department of the NAH decides whether it is necessary to designate a NAH qualifier to the witness audit. The NAH audit may take place at the site of the certification body or by remote access.

- During the NAH evaluation procedures, the NAH gives high priority

  • to the cloud-based data management,
  • to the data security measures
  • to the ICT application competencies of the certification body,
  • to the risk assessment and risk control of the using of ICT.

17 July 2019

National Accreditation Authority