About Project

Overall Objective
Enhance the quality infrastructure of Turkey in terms of accreditation of conformity assessment bodies.

Main Objective
The project aims at increasing the technical capacity of TÜRKAK in line with the new developments in the field of accreditation in both the European Union and in the international arena and at increasing the skills and knowledge of TÜRKAK permanent staff and technical assessors.

Accreditation is the third-party attestation of the competence of a conformity assessment body to conduct a specific activity (such as testing, inspection, certification, etc.) according to internationally harmonized standards.
Accreditation is part of the global quality infrastructure and provides the basis for:
– Safety, functionality and sustainability of products and services.
– Fair and sustainable free trade.
– Global mutual recognition of conformity assessment results.
– Safety for consumers and confidence among trade partners and regulators.

1) Need Analysis Report (NAR)

In order to achieve the goals of the project in the most efficient way and in order to focus on areas where there really is an identified need for further development, a need analysis has been performed. The result of the need analysis has also been used to suggest changes in the activities initially foreseen in the project, so that focus is kept on and resources are used for areas where there is an identified true need.

26 prioritised sectors were selected by TURKAK based on the results of the NAR, TÜRKAK’s own observations through market evaluation, data analysis, demands from the Turkish regulatory authorities and national development policies, strategic plans for complying with the EU Legislations concerning product safety, industrial progress in Turkey, aspects pertaining to environmental protection and climate change.

This table shows the 26 prioritised sectors in which accreditation guidelines and schemes will be developed, training activities will be performed and study visits will take place aiming at enhancing TURKAK’s capacity.


12006/42/EC Machinery Directive
22014/34/EU Directive on Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres
32016/797 on the interoperability of the rail system
42014/68/EU PED
5 (EU) No 305/2011 – Construction Products Regulation
6 (EU) 2016/426 Regulation on Appliances burning gaseous fuels
7 2014/32/EU Measuring Instruments Directive
82010/35/EU Transportable pressure equipment Directive
92013/53/EU Recreational craft and personal watercraft Directive
10 (EU) 2016/425 Personal Protective Equipment Regulation
112013/29/EU Pyrotechnic articles Directive
122014/28/EU Directive on Explosives for civil uses
132014/90/EU Directive on Marine equipment
14EN ISO 22870:2016 Point of Care Testing
15ICAO CORSIA (Aviation) (GHG)
16Road Motor Vehicles-Type Approval Services
17AS/EN 9100
18ISO 20387:2018 Biotechnology  Biobanking
19(EU) 2016/424 Regulation on Cableway Installations
202009/125/EC Directive on Eco-design
21Medical İmaging
22BRCGS  or  IFC (food safety scheme)
23ISO/IEC 20000-1: 2018 Information technology – Service Management – Part 1: Service Management System Requirements and 20000-6:2017 Information Technology – Service Management – Part 6: Requirements for Bodies Providing Audit and Certification of Service Management Systems
24ISO 22301:2019, Security and resilience – Business continuity management systems – Requirements (BCMS)
25Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
26Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (CC)

2) Stakeholder Meeting to present the results of the Need Analysis Report (NAR).

After the conclusion of the NAR, a Stakeholder Meeting was organised to inform the stakeholders of accreditation and conformity assessment on the results of the NAR.

The event took place in the premises of TURKAK on 23rd August 2019, where the overview of the contract was provided and where the results of the NAR was presented to the participants.

Around 60 people from the public and private sector (Ministries, Conformity Assessment Bodies, Association of Conformity Assessment Bodies, TURKAK Assessors, Laboratories, etc) participated in the Stakeholder Meeting where they had the opportunity to voice their needs related to the accreditation processes.


3) Development of accreditation schemes and guidelines for 20 prioritised sectors

The aim of this activity is to develop accreditation schemes and guidelines for 20 of the prioritised sectors selected by TURKAK.

TURKAK documents (guides, applications forms, accreditation schemes for each prioritised sector and its amendments) will be reviewed and revised. The activity will produce a scheme description, guidelines for assessment, application forms, accreditation schedule templates and any other document that is necessary for the proper accreditation of conformity assessment bodies in each prioritised sector.


4) Training and Workshops

The training programmes will cover 20 of the prioritised sectors selected by TURKAK.

The objective of the activity is to design and deliver capacity building activities for TURKAK Staff and relevant members of the “Assessor and Technical Expert Pool”, public institutions and stakeholders on accreditation of the 20 prioritised sectors.

The training activity for each sector is delivered over 2 days. It takes into account the outputs of the accreditation schemes and guidelines produced during the previous activity.

Following each training for each sector a 1 day workshop is organised and covers the practical implementation of the scheme with examples through case studies and real time conditions experienced in Europe.

At the end of the event each participant receives a certificate for the successful completion of the 2 days training and 1 day workshop.


5) Study Visit

10 study visits will be organized to highly developed EU Member States and will include the observation of assessment/audit activities and the decision making process of the institutes.

The Study Visit programme will cover a couple of major steps of notification and accreditation and will be composed of two stages:

  • Observing the operations of an European Conformity Assessment Body or Notified Body regarding the selected sector;
  • Observing the operations of an European Accreditation Body regarding the selected sector.


6) Events

World Accreditation Day (WAD)

A one day event for the celebration of the World Accreditation Day will be organised with the participation of TURKAK Representatives and stakeholders such as NGOs, conformity assessment bodies, universities, public and private institutions, chambers of commerce, European accreditation bodies and representatives from European public authorities.

The purpose of the WAD activity will be to raise awareness on the importance of accreditation in facilitating trade and in supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The theme chosen by IAF and ILAC for that particular year, will the basis for the contents and the choice of speakers. The theme for 2020 is “Accreditation: Improving Food Safety”.


7) Seminars

5 seminars will be organize with the aim to increase the interaction between national stakeholders in order to increase awareness on the importance of an efficient national quality infrastructure and in particular the benefits of accreditation and conformity assessment. The target groups are academic personnel of the engineering faculties in major universities, conformity assessment bodies, NGOs and Public Institutions, TURKAK staff and “Assessor and Technical Expert Pool”, etc.

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