Cooperation with the other accreditation bodies

One of the most important and the youngest accreditation principle is a principle of non-competition that is legally statutable in Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, Article 6. The objective of this was to prevent commercialism of accreditation in Europe and to raise quality, credibility and reliability of accreditation. This principle was adopted in the EA Cross-border accreditation policy and procedure for cross-border cooperation between EA members. This policy was implemented in SNAS management system by the Pl-04.

SNAS cooperation with other accreditation bodies is divided into several levels:

  1. EA MLA / BLA Signatories
    SNAS cooperation is based on the fulfilment of the EA principles and procedures for cross-border accreditations, exchange of information and experts in specific fields of accreditation with local accreditation bodies. SNAS has signed eight contracting agreements and five bilateral agreements on cooperation with the EA MLA / BLA signatories.

  2. ILAC MRA / IAF MLA Signatories
    SNAS cooperation is based on the fulfilment of ILAC / IAF principles and procedures for cross-border accreditations. SNAS has signed one contracting agreement with ILAC MRA signatory and one bilateral agreement on cooperation with ILAC MRA signatory.

  3. MLA / MRA Signatories introducing a new field of accreditation
    SNAS was collaborating with four accreditation bodies, MLA / MRA signatories, on their introducing of a new field of accreditation.

  4. Accreditation bodies out of EU region
    SNAS cooperates with each accreditation body that asks for collaboration, if applicable. SNAS has provided a technical cooperation with five accreditation bodies out of the EU territory on the basis of bilateral cooperation agreements.

  5. Participation in the projects for the purpose of help to new accreditation bodies with accreditation or to help other accreditation bodies with introduction of a new field of accreditation. From 2007 SNAS was cooperating in six projects of international help in the field of accreditation or accreditation for the notification purposes.


Cross-border accreditation principles

  • SNAS will always contact a local accreditation body, if it decides to accept an application for a cross-border accreditation service in compliance with principles of cross border accreditation.
  • If SNAS accredits a conformity assessment body in the SR for a foreign national regulation, it will always request cooperation from the accreditation body of the country which issued the regulation, to ensure a qualified evaluation of its requirements.

  • SNAS makes use of the local accreditation bodies’ qualified resources to the greatest possible extent when providing all cross border services.


Within the EA region:
  • SNAS proceeds in accordance with the Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 and EA mandatory documents.

  • If the applicant for an accreditation service is from a country whose local accreditation body is a signatory to EA MLA / BLA in the requested field of accreditation, SNAS will not accept the submitted application and will inform the applicant about the reason with a recommendation to submit the application to the accreditation body in the region of its establishment.

  • If SNAS grants accreditation to a conformity assessment body with a head office in the SR and with several workplaces abroad (multisite accreditation), it cooperates with the local accreditation body.


Outside the EA region:
  • SNAS proceeds according to the ILAC and IAF mandatory documents.

  • If the applicant for an accreditation service is from a country whose local accreditation body is a signatory to ILAC MRA and/or IAF MLA in the requested field of accreditation, SNAS will recommend the applicant to make use of the services of its local accreditation body (if possible) and explain the equivalence of the accreditation provided by the local accreditation body and the reason for the mutual recognition agreements.

  • If the applicant for an accreditation service is from a country whose local accreditation body is not a signatory to ILAC MRA and/or IAF MLA in the requested field of accreditation, SNAS will inform the applicant about cooperation with the local accreditation body (if possible) and draw attention to the possibilities when the following surveillance can be performed by the local accreditation body in the form of a subcontract or when the SNAS accreditation can be transferred under administration of the local accreditation body.