Explanation European Union and National Accreditation Bodies
All member states of the European Union have a National Accreditation Body (NAB). This is laid down by law in European Regulation 765/2008. All European accreditation bodies are members of the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA). Accreditation bodies outside Europe can also be members of the EA, or can subscribe to the EA Multilateral Agreement (EA MLA).
The EA is tasked with organizing peer reviews and promoting harmonization among members. Accreditation bodies do not compete among themselves, but have an understanding of working together.