This year’s theme focuses on how accreditation improves food safety, supporting the confidence of consumers, suppliers, purchasers, regulators and specifiers in the quality and safety of food.

A joint statement released by the Chairs of IAF and ILAC introduces the importance of accreditation in food safety, noting how it ensures competent and impartial inspection, certification and testing services in all parts of local, national and international food chains. In doing so, accreditation supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Good Health and Well-being (SDG 3).


In the context of the Coronavirus crisis, the Commission is working with industry and Member States to maximise the availability of masks, gloves, gowns and other medical supplies. Efforts include increasing production by existing manufacturers, facilitating imports and activating alternative ways of producing equipment.

Upon the urgent request of the Commission, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), in collaboration with all their members, have agreed to immediately make available a number of European standards for certain medical devices and personal protective equipment. This action will help both EU and third-country companies willing to manufacture these items to swiftly start production and place products on the internal market more easily while ensuring a high degree of safety.

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Republic of Latvia

Cabinet Order No. 103
Adopted 12 March 2020

Regarding Declaration of the Emergency Situation

Taking into consideration the Communication of 11 March 2020 of the World Health Organisation that COVID-19 has become a pandemic and on the basis of Section 4, Paragraph one, Clause 1, Sub-clause "e" of the Civil Protection and Disaster Management Law, Section 4, Section 5, Paragraph one, and Section 6, Paragraph one, Clause 1 and Paragraph two, Section 7, Clause 1, and Section 8 of the law On Emergency Situation and State of Exception, Section 3, Paragraph two of the Epidemiological Safety Law, the following epidemiological safety measures and other measures shall be determined:

1. The emergency situation throughout the State territory shall be declared from the moment of taking of the decision until 12 May 2020 with the purpose of containing the spread of COVID-19 during validity of the emergency situation.

[7 April 2020]

2. The Ministry of Health shall be determined as the responsible authority for the coordination of activities during the emergency situation and it shall be determined that the State Operational Medical Commission of the Ministry of Health is entitled to take decisions on epidemiological safety measures binding on the authorities of the health sector.


Confidence, impartiality, competence, passport of trust, etc. Many words could be used to summarize the value of accreditation but… have you ever tried to explain, in simple terms, your job to your partner, friends or parents? And faced incomprehension?

When you’re not from the accreditation world, accreditation can seem complicated to understand and a bit away from our fellow citizens’ everyday needs. “When I joined EA, I read many documents and reports, without understanding so much of the subject. It took me several months to apprehend the importance of accreditation. And I’m still learning one year after” declared Amandine Combe, EA Communications and Marketing Manager.

In EA, we strongly believe that the end-users – regulators, industry, consumers – should be able to understand the role of accreditation and its benefits.

Thanks to EA, accreditations, and certifications are harmonized within Europe, and consumers can access safer and better products and services, from food to toys, from electrical appliances to cars.

Of course, we accept that this video might look not precise enough to accreditation and certification specialists, but it’s sometimes better to simplify the message and be understood by everyone, especially on technical topics.


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