The EA Multilateral Agreement (EA MLA) is a signed agreement between the EA Full Members whereby the signatories recognise and accept the equivalence of the accreditation systems operated by the signing members, and also the reliability of the conformity assessment results provided by conformity assessment bodies accredited by the signing members.
A Bilateral Agreement (BLA) between an EA Associate Member and EA has the same purpose and bilateral signatories to the EA MLA shall meet the same requirements as EA FULL Members.
How to ensure that your certificate or test report is acceptable
The mark of an EA MLA signatory on certificates and test reports issued by accredited conformity assessment bodies acts as a "passport to trade". The confidence this accreditation brings eliminates the need for suppliers to be certified in each country in which they sell their products or services, and therefore provides the framework forgoods and services to cross borders in Europe and throughout the world.
Five steps to check the reliability of a certificate or a report:
- Check that there is an accreditation mark on the report or certificate.
- Check that the accreditation mark is of an accreditation body signatory to the EA, ILAC or IAF MLA.
- Check that your supplier is accredited for the competence, the tests, the results you need.
- Check that the tests have been carried out against international standards.
Alternatively, check that the standards, methods used can be accepted in the country of destination.
- In case of problems, contact the national accreditation body.
It is possible to ascertain whether the national accreditation body is a signatory for the scope by checking on the EA website (MLA signatories).