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The current application fee and daily rates can be found on EGAC web site All assessment fees are effort related i.e., dependent on the complexity of scope of accreditation being sought. These fees include not just the time the assessment team spend at your site but also office time. Travel and subsistence are charged at cost.
Currently there are no EGAC accredited Certification Bodies for personnel certification schemes relating to asbestos surveys. Individuals that are sole traders are not precluded from seeking accreditation as an organization in accordance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17020.
If the certificate is issued under the laboratory's scope of accreditation, then the certificate should be recognized in those countries whose national accreditation bodies are signatory to the ILAC multilateral agreement.
The cost to obtain accreditation will vary depending on the size of the organization seeking accreditation, the size of the Scope of Accreditation, and the organization's readiness for assessment. To view a description of the laboratory accreditation fees, go to pages 13 and 14 of the "APPLICATION FOR ISO/IEC 17025 LABORATORY ACCREDITATION."
EGAC accredited Certification Bodies (CBs) can be recognized by the use of the Logo in their issued certificates, see also the list of EGAC accredited certification bodies on our website: Certification Bodies.
EGAC is aware of the existence of non-EGAC accredited certification bodies offering ISO 9000 certification. However, it is not mandatory for certification bodies to seek EGAC accreditation. EGAC is unable to comment on the way in which the non-EGAC accredited bodies carry out their certification activities since EGAC has not assessed or accredited those bodies. EGAC accredited CBs are required to meet internationally agreed criteria such as ISO Guide 62/66 or ISO/IEC 17021 and are, therefore, not allowed to offer consultancy, assessment and certification as a “one-stop shop” package. They are also required to carry out a contract review with their potential clients to ensure that they are able to supply the certification that is required by them. Only EGAC accredited CBs and their certificated organizations are allowed to make use of the EGAC accreditation logo.
ISO 9001:2000 is a certification standard. EGAC does not carry out assessments to this standard itself but assesses and accredits Certification Bodies for a defined scope of accreditation i.e., relating to specific areas of industry. The following link will help you with background to the ISO 9001 standard and also how to select a Certification Body: http: //www.egac.gov.eg You can access the detailed scopes of accreditation for all the EGAC accredited Certification Bodies
The list of specific tests, types of tests or calibrations for which a laboratory is found competent is listed in a scope of accreditation. The final content of the scope must be approved by the assessor(s) and the selected members of the EGAC Accreditation Council. For calibration laboratories, the scope normally includes the parameters, ranges of measurement, the best uncertainty associated with each range (see Question 12), and the techniques/equipment used to perform the calibrations. It is very important to note that scopes don’t always include all the laboratory’s capabilities. This is due either to the laboratory’s request to limit the scope, or because the assessors have not been able to affirm the lab’s competency in all areas for which the laboratory was seeking accreditation. Capabilities that are not listed on the scope are not covered by the laboratory’s EGAC accreditation.
EGAC launches alternative training seminars on its policies, procedures and regulations including its regulation of using accreditation symbols R04G, you can contact EGAC and being enrolled in one of those seminars, you can also download R04G from EGAC website www.egac.gov.eg. Furthermore, once you have been EGAC accredited, you will receive a soft copy of EGAC accreditation symbol on a compact disc and a copy of R04G together with the accreditation certificate.
Terms such as "quality system registration" or "audit to the intent of..." convey a process of verifying that the organization in question is following a documented quality system in accordance with the quality system elements of standards (such as ISO 9000 or even ISO/IEC 17025). These processes do not normally assess for technical competency. Auditors used for such processes may have general experience in the type of business being audited but are not normally technical experts. Technical competency is not evaluated during these processes.
Laboratory accreditation is defined as formal recognition of an organization's technical competency to perform specific tests, types of tests, or calibrations. The assessors used to conduct the laboratory accreditation assessments must be technical experts in their field. The assessors must verify the laboratory's specific capabilities that are then listed on a "scope of accreditation". Laboratories must also participate in proficiency testing on a regular basis to demonstrate their competency. The general requirements for laboratory accreditation are contained in ISO/IEC 17025. This standard contains quality system requirements and technical requirements that the laboratories must meet. Laboratory accreditation requirements, however, go beyond just ISO/IEC 17025.
The best uncertainty is normally stated numerically but where the best uncertainty is a function of the quantity to which it refers, it should be given in the form of an equation One will often see this on scopes for calipers, for example, where resolution is the dominant uncertainty contributor and the best uncertainty is written as a function of the resolution (e.g., U= 0.4 R m, in where "R" is the resolution in micro inches).
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.
The EGAC web site gives the process in general terms. However, the EGAC Inspection Body publications will help you with respect to particular clauses of ISO/IEC 17020 for this activity.
The Information Pack is given in general terms plus specific guidance for such activities is contained within the EGAC Laboratory guidance publication which is freely available.
The most important factors in determining the number of assessors that will be assigned by EGAC to perform an assessment is the size and breadth of the proposed scope of accreditation.
The exact time frames between formal application and grant of accreditation are very much dependent on the client's compliance with requirements, complexity of scope of accreditation, clearance of non-compliances etc by the organization being assessed. EGAC does, however, have target time frames that are set for the various stages of the EGAC parts of the process.