The procedure for testing is described in detail in Chapter 1 of the Handbook “Quality Requirements”. The EEA distinguishes between companies with and without ISO 9000 certification. Company without an ISO 9000 accreditation: The EEA accepts companies, which have no ISO 9000 accreditation, but demands an independent initial audit by an audit team acceptable to the EEA Technical Committee. If the EEA decides to authorise the certification, then the company will be entitled to use the EEA label for the products concerned for a period of three years. The company will pay once a registration fee (1000 EUR) and an annual fee (300 EUR) to EEA for the license to use the label and an independent inspection committee, accepted by EEA, will carry out an audit once a year on one or more areas of application of the company. The initial audit team will be asked by the company to perform the audit according to the method described in the EEA handbook. At an audit, the company should be able to submit the necessary test results; show who is responsible for the tests and what measures are taken if the quality requirements are not met. Test result should be submitted for each application for which the company wants to receive a license.
The Quality Assessor(s) will submit the test report, with their recommendations, to the EEA secretary. A copy of the audit report will be sent to the Executive and Technical Committees of the EEA. The TC of the EEA shall give their judgement within two months to the company. Company with an ISO 9000 accreditation: A company wishing to obtain accreditation for use of the “European Enamel Authority” label will be required to give details and qualified ssurances to the Technical Committee of the EEA that they will meet the quality requirements determined by the EEA. In this case this will be accomplished by submission of all relevant documents of accredited or certified quality systems in accordance with an ISO 9000 standard, whereby such accreditation or certificate is issued by a certification organisation recognised by the Technical Committee. Further documentation will be required from this certification organisation to the Technical Committee of the EEA, stating that the company meets the requirements of the EEA label. In short: the company has to demonstrate to the EEA that it has an operational quality assurance system according to EEA tandards for the products the EEA label has been requested for. Further procedures are similar to the case of a company without ISO accreditation.
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