The first peer-evaluations of European Accreditation (EA) Bodies, including UKAS, for the accreditation of proficiency testing providers are due to start in April 2016.

Further to EA Resolution 2012 (30) 17 adopted in November 2012 by the EA General Assembly which endorsed a new work item to establish the accreditation of proficiency testing providers (PTP) as a new Level 2 activity under the EA MLA, a detailed road map was defined by both the EA Multilateral Agreement Council (MAC) and Laboratory Committee (LC) to ensure a successful extension of the EA MLA to accreditation against ISO/IEC 17043.

In order to ensure its readiness, EA agreed to organise a training course to harmonize the understanding and use of ISO/IEC 17043:2010. This course will be hosted by UKAS in February and delivered by Debbie Hudson from UKAS and Martina Bednarova from CAI, the Czech NAB.

In 2016, a total of 11 regular and 7 extension peer-evaluations will cover PTP activities in accordance with the provisions set out in EA-2/02: 2011 EA Policy and Procedures for the Multilateral Agreement. The first decisions on signatories of the EA MLA for PTP accreditation are expected to be made by the EA MAC in April 2017.