The "Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle" (DAkkS) is the national accreditation body of Germany and one of the world's leading accreditation bodies. It is an independent organization and a part of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
The DAkkS is responsible for conducting accreditation of conformity assessment bodies (CABs) in Germany. CABs are entities that perform tests, calibrations, inspections or certifications to ensure compliance with norms and standards. The DAkkS verifies if the CABs meet the requirements for technical competence and independence, and issues them an accreditation certificate if they meet the requirements.
Accreditation by the DAkkS is important because it ensures the competence and independence of CABs. Companies and consumers can rely on the results of conformity assessments and have confidence that they are dealing with a reliable and competent entity with the accreditation.
The DAkkS is also a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the European Co-operation for Accreditation (EA), which both promote cooperation and recognition of accreditation bodies at the international and European levels.
In addition to its role in accrediting CABs, the DAkkS also provides training and consultancy services to improve and promote the quality and reliability of conformity assessments.
Overall, the DAkkS is an important organization in Germany and globally, contributing to ensuring the integrity and reliability of conformity assessments and thus improving the safety and quality of products and services.