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European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA)

http://www.european-accreditation.org/default_flash.htm

EA is the European network of nationally recognised accreditation bodies based in the European geographical area. The EA MLA provides a means for goods and services to cross boundaries in Europe and throughout the world.

A certificate or inspection report issued by an accredited body in one country is recognised as equivalent to a certificate or inspection report issued by an accredited body in any of the countries signatories to the EA MLA. The MLA makes accreditation a "passport" which facilitates access to the EU and international markets through co-operation with IAF (International Accreditation Forum).

The scopes of the EU MLA cover:

Accreditation of certification bodies Certification of products EN 45011 (ISO/IEC Guide 65)
  Certification of persons ISO/IEC 17024
  Certification of quality management systems EN 45012 (ISO/IEC Guide 66)
Accreditation of EMAS verifiers Eco-Management & Audit Scheme (EMAS) Council regulation 761/2001 of March 2001
Accreditation of inspection bodies Inspection ISO/IEC 17020