Consumers demand confidence in the safety and quality of the products they use, the environment they live in, the reliability of health care services, etc. It is also important for businesses and regulators to have confidence in the integrity and quality of the services supplied by laboratories, inspection and certification bodies. It is the independence, competence and impartiality of EA member accreditation bodies that guarantee this confidence.



EA, European co-operation for Accreditation, is a non profit association which was set up in November 1997 and registered as an association in the Netherlands in June 2000 and revised in November 2010.
EA is the European network of nationally recognised accreditation bodies located in the European geographical area.

The EA missions consist in:

  • defining, harmonizing and building consistency in accreditation as a service in Europe, by ensuring common interpretation of the standards used by its members;
  • ensuring transparency of the operations (including assessments) performed and results provided by its members;
  • maintaining a multilateral agreement on mutual recognition between accreditation schemes and reciprocal acceptance of accredited conformity assessment services and results;
  • managing a peer evaluation system consistent with international practices - EA as a region is a member of ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) and IAF (International Accreditation Forum);
  • acting as a technical resource on matters related to the implementation and operation of the European policies on accreditation.

EA covers accreditation of:

  • Laboratories
    • Testing
    • Calibration
  • Inspection bodies
  • Certification bodies
    • Quality management systems (QMS)
    • Environmental management systems (EMS)
    • Products and services
    • Persons
    • EMAS verifiers according to the European Regulation EMAS (European Management and Audit Scheme)