Peer evaluations

Definition of peer evaluation is quoted in Article 2, clause 16 of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008:

"peer evaluation" shall mean a process for the assessment of a national accreditation body by other national accreditation bodies, carried out in accordance with the requirements of this Regulation, and, where applicable, additional sectoral technical specifications;

The European model of peer evaluations was legally established by Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 (Article 10) which set up and strengthened the trust of activities of accreditation bodies without doubt. By principle of designation of only one nationally accreditation body in EU member state and of the peer evaluation system organised by European Accreditation at regular intervals the accreditation has been expanded also in a regulated area. It has taken its particular place in the conformity assessment system with its credibility, transparency and sophisticated effective control system of accreditation bodies. EA peer evaluation system has laid down foundations for the concluding of multilateral recognition agreements between accreditation bodies. In consequence of this the principle of equivalence of results of conformity assessment bodies’ activities was recognized and accepted among countries.

MLA / MRA signatory status granted to the accreditation body confirms its competence to perform accreditation service and fulfilment of requirements given to accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies by the international standard ISO/IEC 17011, Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 and the mandatory application documents of the EA, ILAC, IAF.
The system and process of peer evaluations is based on carefully reworked, unified and transparent criteria (https://european-accreditation.org/mutual-recognition/peer-evaluation/).

PEER EVALUATION RESULTS OF SNAS

1) FALB Re-evaluation (type C)

in the field of environmental verifiers according the Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 and standard ISO/IEC 17021 was performed from 22.9. - 23.9.2014. FALB team was comprised of representatives from Germany and Romania. Witness assessment of the SNAS performance during one surveillance in one environmental verifier.

Resultof the FALB decision adopted at the meeting which took place on14.4. – 15.4. 2015:

Report on peer evaluation of SNAS was approved in the field:
• Environmental verification


2) OECD Re-evaluation

in the field of good laboratory practice was performed from 20. - 24.4.2015. Team of GLP inspectors was comprised of representatives of Netherlands and New Zealand. Witness assessment of the SNAS performance was executed during one surveillance in one test facility. No non-conformities were found.
The finally report was discussed at the OECD GLP Working Group meeting (WG GLP OECD) in Nice in April 2016 and after discussion at plenum the conclusions of the report were accepted after the vote of the OECD WP GLP members. It has been confirmed that Slovakia continues to meet the criteria and the results of studies carried out by testing sites in Slovakia must be accepted under the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD).

3)EA Re-evaluation

The re-evaluation was carried out in two parts:
- in the field of calibration, medical examination, inspection, verification, certification of management systems and certification of persons was carried out from 12. ÷ 16. 02. 2018. EA team was comprised of representatives of the accreditation bodies of: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom;
- in the field of testing laboratories and certification of product was carried out from 05. ÷ 09. 11. 2018. EA team was comprised of representatives of the accreditation bodies of: Belgium, Poland and United Kingdom;

Results of the decision of the EA MAC meeting held on 08 ÷ 09 May 2019:


SNAS remains an EA-MLA signatory in the fields:
• Calibration
• Testing (including Medical examination)
• Inspection
• Product certification
• Management system certification
• Certification of persons
• Validation and Verification


4) EA Initial Evaluation

for extension of EA MLA signatory SNAS for a new field - Proficiency Testing Providers according to ISO/IEC 17043 and for assessment of implementation new version of standards ISO/IEC 17011: 2017 was performed from 05. ÷ 09. 2018. EA team was comprised of representatives of the accreditation bodies of France and United Kingdom.

Results of the decision of the EA MAC meeting held on 08 ÷ 09 May 2019:

SNAS performs activities in accordance with ISO/IEC 17011: 2017 and becomes an EA-MLA signatory in the field:
• Proficiency Testing Providers


The following SNAS evaluation is planned by EA in 2022.

SNAS underwent peer evaluations organized by the FALB in 2019.

5) FALB Re-evaluation

in the field of environmental verifiers according the Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 and standard ISO/IEC 17021-1 was performed from 07. ÷ 08. 02. 2019. FALB team was comprised of representatives from Estonia and Greece.

The peer review report has not yet been approved by the FALB.

Next information you can see:

  • https://european-accreditation.org/ea-members/directory-of-ea-members-and-mla-signatories/#SLOVAKIA


  • https://www.iaf.nu/articles/IAF_MEM_Slovakia/102


  • https://ilac.org/signatory-search/?q=s