non-profit Organisations have signed a cooperation agreement aiming at using
synergies for the sake of efficiency for both common Members and relevant
The International Confederation of Inspection and Certification
Organisations (CEOC) and the European Testing, Inspection and Certification
System (ETICS) have signed a cooperation agreement with the joint vision of
promoting the development of third-party Testing, Inspection and
With effect from January 2016, CEOC and ETICS
will be located at the same premises in Brussels, and although they remain
independent entities, will share administrative as well as secretariat duties,
and actively collaborate on mutually beneficial activities. The unified
Secretariat platform is designed to support a growing spectrum of TIC
service options while maintaining a common experience for all respective
members and stakeholders.
This cooperation also aims to offer to the
various stakeholders a complementary route for industry to comply with the
essential requirements of relevant EU Directives. Among the stakeholders are
the European Commission and its Directorate-General for Growth (DG Growth)
which is responsible for completing the internal market for goods and
services and is implementing the industrial and sectorial policies to help turn
the EU into a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy.
In conjunction with the recent Joint
CEOC-EUROLAB-IFIA International Safety Conference, respective Presidents of
CEOC and ETICS, Simo Hassi and Dr. Michael Kappelan endorsed the Service
Agreement earlier signed by the Secretaries-General of the two organisations,
Drewin Nieuwenhuis and Pierre de Ruvo.
Kappelan stated, "With this partnership,
CEOC and ETICS demonstrate their common strong commitment to provide modern and
comprehensive Testing, Inspections and Certification services that will grant
people in Europe and worldwide, assurances of product safety, performance and
energy efficiency etc.".
Hassi added, "Together, we look forward
to reinforcing and expanding our capabilities to deliver more benefits to and
in cooperation with the stakeholders of conformity assessment."