CEN, CENELEC and EA renewed their cooperation agreement  

CEN (the European Committee for Standardization), CENELEC (the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) and the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) officially renewed their cooperation Agreement.

The cooperation between CEN, CENELEC and the EA is long-standing: a first Cooperation Agreement was signed in January 2009, and was renewed for the first time in February 2016. This new renewal, for additional three years, allows to ensure the strength, consistency and continuity of the standardization and accreditation system, to the benefit of the New Legislative Framework (NLF).

As part of the agreement, which ensures the links between the European standardization system and the European Quality Infrastructure, CEN, CENELEC and EA agree to regularly exchange relevant information on matters of common interest and participating in the relevant advisory and technical groups of the respective organizations.  For example, EA representatives actively participate in CEN and CENELEC activities, and in particular as a liaison partner to the Joint Technical Committee 1 on ‘Criteria for conformity assessment bodies’. In turn, CEN and CENELEC General Assemblies appointed Enda Mc Donnell, CEN Board Member and Director of Standards & Metrology National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), as CEN-CENELEC Representative to the European Accreditation Advisory Board (EAAB).

The renewed agreement includes improvements regarding the protection of the personal data to be exchanged in the framework of the cooperation in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and for the protection of the copyrights of the CEN and CENELEC publications.

EA is the Association of National Accreditation Bodies of the Member States of the European Union (EU) and of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and of countries that have been identified as candidates for membership of EU and EFTA as well as of countries covered in the EU Neighbourhood Policy. The EA is officially recognised as the European Accreditation infrastructure according to Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 and it applies the standards and guides that are pertinent for accreditation.

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