FAQ

How long will it take my company to become EGAC accredited?

The exact time frames between formal application and grant of accreditation are very much dependent on the client's compliance with requirements and its response normally it will take max.6 months.
EGAC time frame mentioned on Regulation # R05G (Accreditation process timings and response actions) in details

What are the most important factors that affect the number of assessors?

The most important factors in determining the number of assessor that will be assigned by EGAC to perform an assessment is the size and breadth of the proposed scope of accreditation

We are setting up a new business to take samples of material that may contain asbestos and do the subsequent analysis back at our laboratory – what do we need to have in place to start the accreditation process?

- Establish QMS and fulfillment the requirement of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories) This standard contains quality system requirements and technical      requirements that the laboratories must meet
- Participate in proficiency testing scheme
- Fulfillment the EGAC requirement which in the Information Pack on the EGAC website which is freely available.
- Submit application for accreditation to EGAC.

Our company inspects ventilation systems in various premises – how do we become accredited for this?

- Establish QMS and fulfillment the requirement of ISO/IEC 17020:2004 (General criteria for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection) at Head Office and all other locations
- Fulfillment the EGAC requirement which in the Information Pack on the EGAC website which is freely available.
- Submit application for accreditation to EGAC.

Our laboratory intends to apply for accreditation in the next several weeks. When should we enroll in proficiency testing programs?

Laboratories that intend to apply in the near future should enroll in available proficiency testing programs as soon as possible. EGAC requires at least one PT activity prior to accreditation to demonstrate competency. It can take several weeks before a PT program can include you on the sample distribution list and this could delay your final accreditation.