The European Accreditation Co-operation (EA) and the European Commission signed a Framework Partnership Agreement
in Brussels on June 30, 2010. The signing ceremony was attended by Graham Talbot, EA Chairman and Ms Liliana Brykman,
Director on behalf of Mr Heinz Zourek, Director General Enterprise and Industry.
The agreement formalises the relationship between the two organisations that started with the adoption of the new
European legislative package, in particular Regulation (EC) 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council
of 9 July 2008, and the recognition of EA as the official European accreditation infrastructure.
Further progress was made with the signing of the "General Guidelines for the Cooperation between the European
co-operation for Accreditation and the European Commission, the European Free Trade Association and the competent
National Authorities" on 1 April 2009 in Brussels.
The partnership agreement sets out the terms and conditions of the relationship, with a view to achieving the
common policy aims and objectives stated in the Cooperation Guidelines. It covers a period of four years
commencing on 1 January 2010.