Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual
||European Federation of National Associations of Measurement, Testing and Analytical Laboratories
||aisbl under Belgian law
||II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
|and more precisely:
||Trade, business & professional associations
Person with legal responsibility
Permanent person in charge of EU relations
|Contact details of organisation's head office:
20-22 rue du Commerce
||(+32) 2 511 50 65
|Other contact information:
International Affairs Manager
20-22, rue du Commerce
Tel. : +32 2 511 50 65
mobile : +32 479953949
Goals / remit
|Goals / remit of the organisation:
||EUROLAB, the European Federation of National Associations of Measurement, Testing and Analytical laboratories, founded in 1990, represents a network counting over 3000 public and private laboratories and conformity assessment bodies (CABs) throughout Europe. It is an umbrella structure of national associations of laboratories, European sectorial organisations of laboratories or laboratory practitioners, and international partner or sister institutions.
EUROLAB’s overall objective is to voice the opinion of European laboratories on political and technical matters affecting them at the European and international levels. In 2002 amendments to the EUROLAB Articles of Association were initiated to cope more with the international laboratory behaviour. Since and through co-operation with European and international technological partner organisations, through regular contacts with the European Commission and the European and international accreditation bodies (EA, ILAC) and through representation in standardisation committees (CEN, ISO), EUROLAB can effectively represent the interests of its members which are made up of three categories of members, i.e. 20 Active Members which are either members of the EU or EFTA, 3 Associated Members from Eastern and Central Europe which are applicant countries to the EU and 19 International Affiliates, including i.a. , EUROLAB-Lebanon, NCSLI (National conference of standards laboratories International - USA) and NLA (National laboratory association of South Africa).
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||Safety of the citizens has emerged as a priority issue at EU level over the past years, last but not least under the
impression of the large international toy and car recalls and the lack of control of the banks still being fresh on
our minds. However, there is still a gap between the ‘ideal’ safety situation and the reality.
Together with its partners like EU-OSHA (the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work), DG SANCO
(European Commission) etc., CEOC International, EFNDT and EUROLAB support the “prevention principle”.
In a market where the number of consumer products and industrial installations are rapidly growing every
year, constant reflection and action about how to minimize accidents and dangerous products are needed.
Identifying risks with qualified partners at an early stage is therefore key.
In 2007 in a globalised world, merchandise of a total value of $5,956 billion was imported to Europe,
according to WTO’s 2008 International Trade Statistics. This means that in 2007 43.7 % of the global
merchandise flow passed through markets of Members States. Concerning the trade of manufactured
products, the bulk of world’s merchandise outcome, EU-27 is the destination of 20.7% of the global
amount of items which crossed EU borders in 2007, with the total value of $1187.16 billion. Out of this
reality which represents an immense number of goods, it will never be possible to find out exactly how
many products present serious incongruence with European safety guidelines.
CEOC International, EFNDT and EUROLAB closely anticipated and followed the adoption of the New
EU Legislative Framework for Products. They particularly welcome the entry into force of Regulation
765/2008 on Accreditation and Market Surveillance this January, marking a major step in the development
of a European system of accreditation and market surveillance, and support a strong European Organisation
of Accreditation Organisations-EA as being in the interest of all parties involved.
The first objective of the Regulation is to strengthen market surveillance, thus protecting citizens from
unsafe products entering the European market. In order to achieve this goal, sufficient financial and
technical means need to be allocated to the national authorities. In this connection, CEOC International,
EFNDT and EUROLAB would like to add that taking care of the consumer is important but also the
safety of the worker at work represents a key issue that is more and more neglected when it comes to
putting work equipment on the market. Secondly, the parties stress the importance of efficiently using
financial means at Member States’ level and propose that Notified Bodies can be helpful in this respect
by identifying the right tests on the critical products and performing the assessments in a technically
reliable way. The second target of the Regulation is to enhance confidence in conformity assessments of products by strengthening the role of accreditation for conformity assessment bodies and ensuring an equally high
level of competence in the EU. All signing organisations fully support this objective for two reasons: First,
fair competition for accredited bodies is necessary to consolidate the credibility of the system; second, a
credible and strong accreditation process is important in order to avoid the perceived necessity of parallel
assessments by the Member States in the regulatory field.
Legally, importers-manufacturers are obliged to affix the CE marking on their products in the EU saying
that the product has been manufactured in accordance with existing EU legislation. However, the CE
mark is not a safety mark per se and therefore many manufacturers turn to third-party certification bodies
in order to have their products certified and tested by an independent body thus adding credibility to
their product. This allows manufacturers to concentrate on their core business by outsourcing inspection,
testing and certification
Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;
|Fields declared by the organisation:
- Consumer Affairs
- Economic and Financial Affairs
- Food Safety
- General and Institutional Affairs
- Internal Market
- Public Health
- Regional Policy
- Research and Technology
|Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year:
€ - 150000
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
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