On 6 June 2016, the Accreditation Advisory Board elected Dr.-Ing. Michael Nitsche, Head of the Quality Infrastructure department of the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, as its new chairman. Dr. Michael Nitsche succeeds Prof. Dr. Manfred Peters, the former vice-president of the National Metrology Institute of Germany. “My role as a neutral representative of the interests of the Accreditation Advisory Board in its relations with external parties, thereby ensuring fairness between the interests of different groups, is one that I consider to be important,” said the new chairman of the Accreditation Advisory Board upon accepting his appointment.
The Accreditation Advisory Board has been a main committee of the German accreditation system since 2010. It was established by way of statute by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Its main function is to advise and support the Federal Government and the German National Accreditation Body (DAkkS) in accreditation-related matters. An accreditation is a confirmation that an institution tasked with assessing conformity, a testing laboratory for instance, has the requisite competence, and also attests to the trustworthiness of the certificates issued by this institution, complying with the requirements of relevant standards, guidelines and laws.
Accreditation offers businesses, accredited institutions, consumers and legislators with a range of benefits. For instance, accreditations enable products and services to be launched on the market with greater ease, greater trust to be placed in product quality, and markets to be made more competitive by lowering technical market entry barriers.