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Successful customer meetings RvA


On June 7 and 9 we organized the first two of four RvA customer meetings. One for customers of laboratories ISO 17025 and a meeting for customers of medical laboratories ISO 15189. We are glad to meet our customers again after two years of Covid pandemic.

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Amendment of policy rules

The RvA has changed a number of policies. These changes were made regarding the implementation of the EN-ISO/IEC 17029 standard and our reporting tool for accreditation assessments.

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RvA conducts survey on remote assessment

Since the restrictive measures due to the COVID pandemic took effect, the RvA has been conducting most of its assessments with the use of remote techniques. RvA wants to get a good picture of their views on remote assessment. Therefore, we have sent out a questionnaire.

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Ministry of Domestic Affairs carries out registrations in NANDO


As of 1 July 2021, the Ministry of Domestic Affairs (hereinafter The Ministry), as the Notifying Authority, will register the notifying bodies (NB) for the CPR in the NANDO* information system. The Dutch Accreditation Council will therefore discontinue their activities for NANDO as of 1 July. Accreditation remains the basis for notification.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak


RvA continuously monitors government and other external advice to assess possible risks related to the outbreak and spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19). As a result, RvA has taken, and will continue to take all necessary precautionary measures. These measures might impact assessments and meetings due to take place in affected areas.

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RvA welcomes American FDA and NVWA for knowledge exchange on accreditation


On 13 November, representatives of the US Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) together with representatives of the Dutch Food & Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) visited the RvA. During this visit, the FDA representatives were informed about the accreditation system in the Netherlands in general and the accreditation of the NVWA laboratories in particular.

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Transition ISO 50001:2011 to ISO 50001:2018


In August 2018 ISO has published the standard ISO 50001:2018 “Energy Management Systems – Requirements with guidance for use” as a revision of ISO 50001:2011. In its meetings in October 2018 the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has decided about the transition arrangement for this revision.

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Questions about Brexit answered


With a form of the Brexit coming closer on 29 March 2019, we receive questions about what this means for accreditation. We therefore have listed the most important questions (and answers).

For accredited organizations and clients of these organizations:

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Transition ISO 20000-1:2011 to ISO 20000-1:2018


In September 2018 ISO has published the standard ISO 20000-1:2018 “Information technology – Service management – Part 1: Service management system requirements” as a revision of ISO 20000-1:2011. In its meetings in October 2018 the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has decided about the transition arrangement for this revision.

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Positive result Peer Evaluation RvA 2018


In January and May 2018, a Peer Evaluation was conducted by an EA Peer Evaluation team at the RvA. The RvA has been evaluated by thirteen colleagues from other European accreditation bodies on competence, impartiality and independence. On October 3rd 2018, the EA MAC reported that the results of the Peer Evaluation were successful.

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RvA prepares for future activities


Teamleiders (Lead-assessoren) van de RvA oriënteren zich bij MX3D in Amsterdam op high-performance nieuwe productietechnologie om gevoel te krijgen bij wat er voor nodig is om de kwaliteit te borgen en hoe je dat zou kunnen beoordelen.

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RvA extends IAF signatory status


The European Coorperation for Accreditation (EA) has been recognised by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to expand its signatory status to include Food Safety Management Systems, Information Security Management Systems Certification, Energy Management Systems and Medical Devices Quality Management Systems.

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Als verantwoordelijke of verwerker kunt u een AVG-certificaat aanvragen bij een certificatie-instelling die daarvoor geaccrediteerd is door de Raad voor Accreditatie (RvA).

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RvA contributes to expertsession FHI


May 31, FHI (Federation of Technology branches), branch Laboratory Technology, organised its annual general meeting including an expertsessions regarding ‘The new norm: chances for laboratories’.

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EA MLA rapport 2017!

Almost 20 peer evaluations / 150 EA assessors and more than 35000 accreditations: The European cooperation for Accreditation (‘EA’) has published it’s MLA annual report 2017. This report contains information regarding the EA MLA (Multi Lateral Agreement). The EA MLA serves as a framework to realise the objective ‘accredited once, accepted everywhere’).

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RvA- Lead assessor elected vice-chair key committee EA


During the 19th EA Horizontal Harmonization Committee (HHC) meeting on 6-7 March, Sjaak Hendriks (lead assessor RvA) was unanimously elected as HHC-vice chair. HHC is an important committee of EA and focusses on (among others) strenghtening the cooperation and harmonization between accreditation bodies in Europe

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ISO/IEC 17025:2017 First Dutch translation for Dr. Peter van de Leemput


Peter van de Leemput, RvA-expert & lead assessor – acted as chair in the development of the very first version (1999) and the second version of the ISO 17025 norm for testing and calibrationlabs (2015). Peter (retired since 2016) has played a key rol in this process and was therefore honoured at the NEN-congress of March 8 where he was given the first Dutch translation of the latest version.

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Peer Review RvA


Once every four years national accreditation bodies subject each other to intensive assessments, known as peer reviews. A peer review is undertaken by colleagues from other European accreditation bodies. They check whether the body to be assessed meets the specific criteria and use international standard ISO/IEC 17011 and European Regulation 765/2008 as guidelines during that process.

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World Accreditation Day: June 9th 2017


Theme for this year is: ‘Delivering confidence in construction and the built environment’. The European co-operation for Accreditation (‘EA’) has made a video in which the role of accreditation is explained: :

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