The advisory boards at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology are composed of panels of experts who advise the Federal Minister on special issues of economic policy. Memberships on these boards are honorary positions.
Accreditation advisory board
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology set up an Accreditation Advisory Board in accordance with the Accreditation Body Act at the beginning of 2010.
The accreditation advisory board advises the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the national accreditation body on all questions related to accreditation, i.e., the determination of general and sectoral rules, promotion of the use of accreditation as a confidence building element of conformity assessment, and coordination of the German representation and position at the meetings of the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA).
In addition, the accreditation advisory board sets up sector specific expert advisory committees. In particular, their task is to support the accreditation advisory board in determining rules relevant for the respective sector.
The 15 members of the accreditation advisory board have been appointed for initially three years by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
Accreditation Body Act
The Accreditation Body Act entered into force in August 2009. Its provisions regulate matters like the tasks and powers of the national accreditation body and the Accreditation Advisory Board.
According to Regulation (EC) No. 765/2008, accreditation is a sovereign activity. Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH was entrusted with undertaking accreditations under the Accreditation Body Act ("entrusted entity"). Further information about accreditation in Germany can be found at www.dakks.de.
Accreditation Advisory Board 2006-2009
The Accreditation Advisory Board which existed from 2006-2009 was replaced by the new Accreditation Advisory Board and has ceased to function.