According to the European directive 89/686/EEC, personal protective equipment (PPE) that provides protection against mortal hazards or serious and irreversible health damage certification category 3 and that is intended for the European common market must be type-tested, and such equipment must also be subjected to monitoring measures. According to Article 11 of this directive, two alternative procedures are available for the PPE manufacturer to choose from:
After the first audit - the so-called certification audit - two monitoring audits follow at annual intervals before the review audit is conducted after three years. The scope and the costs depend on the integrity of the QA system, the size of the firm, the product diversity, and the travel expenses of the auditors.
The audit is carried out by an expert team consisting of one expert for quality systems and one expert of the particular thematic field. The results are documented in an audit report, and, in positive cases the issuance of a certificate by a notified body is recommended. IFA was notified (PDF, 64 kB) by the Commission of the European Union and registered under the ID number 0121, and is authorised to audit and certify quality assurance systems according to Article 11B of directive 89/686/EEC. Firms whose QA systems have been certified by IFA receive the immediate authorization to advertise the certification with its logo.
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