Republic of Cyprus
Cyprus Organization for the Promotion of Quality

Accreditation

Introduction



According to the legislation i.e. The Standardization, Accreditation and Technical Notification Law (N.156(I)2002), the Cyprus Organization for the Promotion of Quality (CYS-CYSAB), has been designated as the authorised body for the operation of Accreditation System in Cyprus. With the revised Law 10(Ι)/2010 the organizationn was designated as the national Accreditation body within the contex of regulation (EC) No 765/2008 After an unanimous decision of the General Assembly of EA (European co-operation for Accreditation) CYS-CYSAB became a full member of this European institution. With the revised law for Accreditation, Standardization and Technical Notification Law 57(I)/2011 , some important changes have been introduced for full alignment with the regulation (EC) No 765/2008.
  • In October 2011 CYS-CYSAB became signatory to the EA MLA for the accreditation of laboratories according to ISO 17025, ISO 15189 and Inspection Bodies according to ISO 17020. After that CYS-CYSAB became a Full Member of ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation).



CYS-CYSAB Evaluation by EA

In October 2013 a four-team member Evaluation Team conducted the first reassessment of CYS-CYSAB, following the approval of accession in the EA MLA (October 2011). As part of the visit CYS-CYSAB's request to extend the MLA scope for the accreditation of calibration laboratories according to ISO 17025, was evaluated. The outcome of the assessment was undoubtedly very successful.
  • In April 2014, the extension of the MLA scope, in the field of accreditation of calibration laboratories, according to ISO 17025 was signed.

Accreditation is...                        

a recognition by an authorised body after an assessment that an institution is competent to carry out specified tasks. Through such an assessment the reliability of the service offered is documented. The case of testing is of great importance, mainly due to requirements introduced by legislation. In many cases such requirements refer to the need of adequate and reliable laboratory infrastructure. This is of interest to all stakeholders i.e. manufacturers and suppliers, traders, conformity assessment bodies and consumers as well as the competent authorities within their responsibilities to ensure the implementation of  the law.

Accreditation deals with the technical competence of both the personnel and the infrastructure. This is related not only to the competence itself but to the independence and integrity of the laboratory. The scope is described in a certificate and it may represent only a small part of the overall activities of the body being assessed.

Why Accreditation is required

In today΄s society the increase of awareness of both the consumers rights and the responsibilities of the competent authorities underlines the usefulness of accreditation which is, indeed, an indispensable tool for the operation of the single European Market. Accredited laboratories provide a reliable framework for the free movement of goods over existing frontiers. Cypriot producers selling their products abroad, could document their quality on the basis of the product certificate. As a result, no further testing is carried out in the country of destination provided that the laboratory which has issued the acceptance certificate is an accredited one on the specific activity.

The establishment of Cyprus Accreditation Body

A six month project (October 2003 - March 2004) funded by the European Commission, has been implemented in cooperation with DANAK (the Danish Accreditation Body).  The project included a number of activities e.g. training of candidate assessors, stakeholders, attendance of candidate assessors as observers in accreditation activities of DANAK in Denmark, preparation of the framework of the Quality System etc. The Quality System has been further elaborated in line with the requirements of the standard CYS EN ISO/IEC 17011.

Cyprus in Europe!

In Europe there is a number of requirements regarding accreditation.  National accreditation bodies should comply with these requirements to achieve mutual recognition. In August 2004, CYS applied for full membership in EA (European co-operation for Accreditation).  After unanimous approval by the EA General Assembly (Zagreb, November 2004), CYS-CYSAB became a full member of EA.

Developments in Europe

CYS-CYSAB'S membership in EA ensures efficient access to developments regarding accreditation.  The participation in some basic committees was considered of high importance.

    • ΕΑ-LC-Laboratory Committee
    • EA-IC-Inspection Committee
    • EA-CC-Certification Committee
    • EA-HHC-Horizontal Harmonization Committee
    • EA-MAC-Multilateral Agreement Committee
Through this participation, CYS-CYSAB is becoming more competent to provide accreditation services for the whole range of conformity assessment bodies (laboratories, inspection and certifications bodies) which will play an important role as Notified Bodies within the New Approach Directives.The involvement of CYS-CYSAB in the notification procedure of inspection bodies is vital; based on the relevant legislation requirements of the competent authority and the corresponding European legislation, CYS-CYSAB undertakes the technical assessment of Bodies applied for notification in specific sectors of activity. CYS-CYSAB formulated the policy and issued the Guidance Document for Certification and/or Inspection Bodies for the Inspection of the Installation of Lifts  regarding their Notification and/or Accreditation.

In the meantime, the requirement for laboratories to be accredited becomes more and more frequent, especially in sectors related to health and safety e.g. food, medicines, environmental measurements, medical laboratories, dangerous substances etc.

Technical Committees

The Technical Committees CYS are important instruments for shaping policy in various aspects of accreditation. The Technical Committees are comprised of individuals who have knowledge and experience on specific technical fields and are appointed as members, by the Board of the Governors of the Organization.


Cooperation with other Bodies in Cyprus
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CYS-CYSAB in particular is in good cooperation with scientific and professional bodies in Cyprus.  CyprusLab and Cyprus-Eurachem Committee are among the most important ones, facilitating the interactions with the respective European fora, namely EUROLAB and EURACHEM.



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