MLA, Multilateral agreement,namely agreement between Accreditation Bodies regarding mutual recognition of accreditation.
The Multilateral Agreement (MLA) is a signed agreement between the Accreditation bodies 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.
The signatories members belong to the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
The goal of these organizations is the European and international recognition of accreditations and therefore of the evaluation reports and conformity certificates of the accreditation bodies. The requirements for the achievement of this result is a common understanding as well as a far-reaching harmonization of the interpretation of all relevant standards.
The central contents of the MLA:
Each signatory recognizes the accredited bodies by the other signatories, as if it had accredited them by itself.
Each signatory actively engages in order that the industry and the authorities of his own country recognize all the accredited bodies from other signatories.
Each signatory is re-evaluated every 4 years by the remaining signatories.