Multi-lateral Agreements

The MLA is an agreement signed between the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA) accreditation body members to recognise the equivalence, reliability and therefore acceptance of accredited certifications, inspections, calibration certificates and test reports across Europe. Presently there is an MLA for testing, calibration, inspection, certification of management systems, products and persons.

The MLA eliminates the need for suppliers of products or services to be certified in each country where they sell their products or services, and therefore provides a means for goods and services to cross boundaries in Europe and throughout the world.

It delivers confidence in the service supplied by accredited laboratories, inspection and certification bodies, thereby providing the framework for goods and services to cross borders in Europe and throughout the world, acting as a "passport for trade". 

INAB is signatory to the following MLAs:

European co-operation for Accreditation (EA)

  • Testing, ISO 17025 and ISO 15189
  • Calibration, ISO 17025
  • Management systems certification, ISO 17021
  • Product certification, EN 45011
  • Inspection, ISO 17020

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 International Accreditation Forum (IAF)

  • Management systems certification, ISO 17021
  • Product certification, EN 45011

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 International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC)

  • Testing, ISO 17025 and ISO 15189
  • Calibration, ISO 17025


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ILAC_MRA

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The EA MLA is recognised at worldwide level through the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC) and it is through this mechanism that European ABs attain international recognition for their accredited CABs.

The EA MLA is maintained through a robust peer evaluation system. These on site evaluations confirm the ABs continued compliance to the internationally accepted criteria. An accreditation body is evaluated against ISO 17011, applicable EA, IAF and ILAC documents and is overseen by the EU Commission, the EA advisory board and the national authorities.

EA MLA BROCHURE

The EA Multilateral Agreement - Brochure