Assessment and surveillance of Notified Bodies using subsidiaries and sub-contractors in third countries

Published: 28 February 2011

Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Compliance, Standards & Enforcement

Orgalime believes that it is essential that third-party certificates and other attestations issued by Notified Bodies wherever they are located in the EU or outside of the EU should provide an equal degree of reliability.  This is essential both for the confidence of consumers, whether private or professionals, and to ensure a level playing field for manufacturers and EU based notified bodies.

Therefore, Orgalime calls on the national accreditation bodies within EA to make sure that subsidiaries and subcontractors of accredited Notified Bodies are subject to proper and consistent supervision, including in particular if these are located in third countries.

Existing international guidance on cross-frontier accreditation should be applied rigorously and consistently.

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