Accreditation A-Z

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Accreditation

Conformity of an organisation or person with certain requirement(s) by an independent party. You can encounter this concept in a number of areas of life, therefore, we can talk about accreditation in diplomacy, higher education, health care, conformity assessment and other special areas.

Further details of the accreditation can be found HERE .

Conformity assessment

Procedure defined in Article 2 point 12 of Regulation No. 765/2008/EC of the European Parliament and the Council.

Accreditation of conformity assessment bodies

Accreditation is the official recognition by an independent third party (which, pursuant to Regulation 765/2008/EC can only be one accreditation body appointed in each EU Member State) of the ability of an organisation, natural person to perform certain activities (testing, calibration, sampling, certification, inspection, etc.) in accordance with specific requirements.

Accreditation categories

• Inspection body

• Eco-management and audit scheme verifier organisation or natural person (EMAS)

• Verifier organisation according to the Act on participation in the greenhouse gas emissions community scheme and effort sharing decision (EU ETS)

• Management systems certification bodies

• Proficiency test provider

• Calibration laboratory

• Sampling organisation

• Medical testing laboratories

• Reference material producer

• Persons certification body

• Product certification body

• Testing laboratory

Types of procedures

Accreditation procedure, extension, re-accreditation procedure, as well as surveillance procedure, extraordinary surveillance procedure.

Assessment Team

Expert(s), assessor(s), lead assessor(s) appointed for the assessment phase of the accreditation and surveillance procedure.

Accreditation Board

It is a body of maximum 22 persons responsible for submitting proposals on the basis of which decisions are made by the Authority in the 2nd phase of the NAH procedures.

List of members of the Accreditation Committee is available HERE.

Database of accredited conformity assessment organisations

You can find the database here: nah.gov.hu -> EN -> „Accredited organisations” menu -> „Search”

Site visit

Site assessment performed at the site or sites of the applicant or accredited organisation.

Assessment phase

First phase of the accreditation and surveillance procedure which is performed by the involvement of an assessment team.

Decision-making phase

Second phase of the accreditation and surveillance procedure in which the Accreditation Committee is active.

Decision

Decision by the authority issued to the Applicant/the Accredited Party as a result of the second phase of the procedure.

Detailed scope of accreditation

The detailed part determining the technical field for which accreditation is granted, which is part of the decision.

The Accreditation Certificate

Certificate regularly used and issued by the National Accreditation Authority (NAH) following the entry into force of the decision on granting the accredited status.

Procedure fee

Administrative service fees payable for the procedures performed by the National Accreditation Authority (NAH) are regulated in Decree No. 45/2015. (XII. 30.) by the Minister of National Economy (NGM). (XII. 30.)

NARs

NAH rules of preocedures in the National Accreditation System.

NADs

Forms applied in the National Accreditation Scheme.

EA, ILAC, IAF and FALB

Organisations concerned with European regional (EA - European co-operation for Accreditation) and international (ILAC - International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, IAF - International Accreditation Forum, FALB - Forum of Accreditation and Licensing Bodies) mutual recognition cooperation.


Other concepts related to accreditation

Accreditation activity

The activity of the accreditation body, according to which the conformity assessment scheme of a conformity assessment organisation is assessed.

Accreditation desk officers

Government officials being part of the internal staff of NAH, not of managerial position. Their tasks are described in these Rules of Procedure.

Accreditation mark

A mark to show the accredited status issued by NAH for the accredited organisation or natural person

Accredited CAB Combined IAF MLA Mark

It is the IAF MLA Mark used in combination with the IAF MLA’s signatory’s accreditation symbol that the accredited conformity assessment body (CAB) is entitled to use. The Accredited CAB Combined IAF MLA Mark can only be used by the accredited CABs of ILAC MRA signatories who have signed the 2nd Annex of the IAF ML 2:2016.

Accredited CAB Combined ILAC MRA Mark

It is the ILAC MRA Mark used in combination with the ILAC MRA signatory’s accreditation symbol that the accredited conformity assessment body (CAB) is entitled to use. The Accredited CAB Combined ILAC MRA Mark can only be used by the accredited CABs of ILAC MRA signatories who have signed the ILAC R7-F1Agreement for the use of the ILAC MRA Mark.

Appeals according to MSZ EN ISO/IEC 17011

Request by a conformity assessment body for reconsideration of any adverse accreditation decision related to its desired accreditation status.

Assessment plan

Description of the activities and arrangements for an assessment; ISO/IEC 17011:2017 (3.28).

Assessment programme (or assessment cycle programme)

Set of assessments consistent with a specific accreditation scheme that the accreditation body performs on a specific conformity assessment body during an accreditation cycle; ISO/IEC 17011:2017 (3.27).

Assessment Team (AT)

Group of persons having expertise in the fields the application for accreditation is concerned with, appointed by the National Accreditation Authority, in the assessment phase, in the accreditation, extension of scope of the accredited status, surveillance and extraordinary surveillance procedures. The Assessment Team is headed by the lead assessor, the assessors and experts can be the members.

Assessors

Persons involved in the assessment phase of NAH procedures who are assigned tasks and given powers by NAH described in 4.1.2.2. of these Rules of Procedure.

CAB according to MSZ EN ISO/IEC 17011

A body that performs conformity assessment activities and that can be the object of accreditation.

Client

Organisations and natural persons applying for accreditation, or accredited organizations or accredited natural persons.

Combined IAF MLA Mark

It is the IAF MLA Mark used in combination with the IAF MLA signatory’s logo. The Combined IAF MLA Mark can only be used by an IAF MLA signatory for accreditation activities covered by the scope of their IAF MLA signatory status, after signing the Annex 1 of the IAF ML 2:2016

Combined ILAC MRA Mark

It is the ILAC MRA Mark used in combination with the ILAC MRA signatory’s logo. The Combined ILAC MRA Mark can only be used by an ILAC MRA signatory for accreditation activities covered by the scope of their ILAC MRA signatory status, once an example of the Combined ILAC MRA Mark has been approved by the ILAC Secretariat and after signing the ILAC R7-F1Agreement for the use of the ILAC MRA Mark.

Competence

All knowledge, skills, characteristics of attitude and conduct expected of a person, whereby a person is able to effectively perform a given task.

Complaint according to MSZ EN ISO/IEC 17011

Expression of dissatisfaction, other than appeal, by any person or organisation, to an accreditation body, relating to the activities of that accreditation body or of an accredited conformity assessment body (Conformity Assessment Bodies) (hereinafter: CAB), where a response is expected.

Coverage plan

Activity to be assessed as compiled by the assessment team.

Decision-making phase

Part of the accreditation, extension of scope of the accredited status, surveillance and extraordinary surveillance procedure following the assessment phase, in the course of which the accreditation or-gan passes a decision on the award, maintenance, extension, reduction, suspension, withdrawal of the accredited status or rejection of the application for accreditation.

EA MLA

European co-operation for Accreditation Multilateral Agreement.

Experts or technical experts

Persons involved in the assessment phase of NAH procedures who are assigned tasks and given powers by NAH described in 4.1.2.3. of these Rules of Procedure.

IAF MLA

International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Agreement.

IAF MLA mark

The symbol of the International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Agreement. The use of it is regulated by the International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Agreement.

ILAC MRA

International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement.

ILAC MRA mark

Text/symbol registered as such and is owned by ILAC. The ILAC MRA Mark is associated with the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) and can only be used on its own by ILAC and by Recognised Regional Cooperation Bodies. The use of it is regulated by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement.

Joint mark

Joint mark of the certification mark of the product, person and management system certifying organisation and the NAH accreditation mark

Lead assessors

Persons involved in the assessment phase of NAH procedures who are assigned tasks and given powers by NAH described in 4.1.2.1. of these Rules of Procedure.

Members of the Accreditation Committee

Persons involved in the decision-making phases of NAH procedures assigned to tasks and authorised by NAH as laid down in this regulation.

NAR documents (National Accreditation Scheme)

All procedures and/or Rules of Procedure defined as par of the quality management system by NAH, which regulates the operation of NAH.

Official procedure

Procedures for new accreditation, renewal of accreditation, extension of scope, regular and extraordinary surveillance pursued by the Authority and applicable to the Clients.

Quality manager

Person appointed to perform tasks related to the quality management system operated, maintained and continuously improved by NAH.

Reference to NAH’s status as signatory to EA MLA

General wording used by accredited entities to reflect NAH’s status as signatory to EA MLA

Root cause

The real cause of a problem, the remedy of which will certainly eliminate the reoccurrence of the non-conformity, furthermore, we can also prevent a number of other potentially occurring non-conformities.

TAB

TAB is an organ of NAH operating temporarily and established for specific tasks to give technical opinion and make proposals.

TÉR (Performance Evaluation System)

An integrated performance evaluation system for the official operation of NAH which is prepared periodically and as defined by the Government; through the web interface.

Text reference to accredited status

A reference to the accredited status given by NAH in a specified text which contains the registration number of the accredited status given on the accreditation document and the scope of accreditation.

Witness assessment

‘Witnessing’ as defined in ISO/IEC 17011:2017 (3.25).