European Accreditation - Free Market Competition?

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We plan to go for ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for one of our testing laboratories, located in Belgium.
Is it possible to select an accreditation body from another country?
We would like to get quotes from BELAC (Belgium), RVA (Netherlands) and UKAS (UK), and then go with the best deal.
I get the idea from ILAC website (http ://www .ilac. org/ ilacarrangement.html - DEAD LINK - SORRY) that they have a 'cross border agreement' which means the local national accreditation body gets 'first refusal'.
Is this correct? If competition is not allowed, who ensures that the costs are fair and equivalent?
 
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The cross-border issue is a really hot topic in the AB world right now.....

Still, it is your lab and your money.....what the ABs have to go through truthfully should not be a major concern for you.....

Other organizations in Europe use one or more ABs from outside their country for various reasons.....

You should proceed as you have outlined.
 
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I agree with Hershal. It is a good time in the accreditation market to do just what you're describing and 'test' the idea of mutual recognition.

Go for it!
 
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