In cooperation with the German Accreditation Body DAkkS, BAM has carried out a comparative study on the work of European accreditation bodies. The aim of the comparison was to identify and encourage "best practice" and improve the dialogue between the participating accreditation bodies.
The normative requirements for accreditation bodies are currently being examined in a peer-evaluation procedure. This is the basis for the Multilateral Agreement of the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA-MLA). Efficiency, effectiveness and future-proof of the individual accreditation bodies’ work, however, are not considered in detail in this framework. The BAM-DAkkS project now closes this gap.
For this purpose, a comparison of the degree of "process maturity" of selected, relevant procedures in the participating accreditation bodies is analysed based on the EFQM model for business excellence. The EFQM model developed by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 1988 provides a holistic view of organisations and thus prevents the primary focus on business parameters.
In the first workshop on 16th and 17th October 2017, the results of the project were discussed by all eight representatives of the accreditation bodies participating in the comparison, mutual exchange was encouraged and, if necessary, sensible changes were introduced in the accreditation bodies. The participating EU accreditation bodies came from Austria, Germany, Spain, Latvia, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Great Britain. Accreditation is a key component of any national quality infrastructure as it contributes to the safety of products and to transnational trade.