The advisory boards at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy 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
At the beginning of 2010, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (now: Federal Minstry for Economic Affairs and Energy) set up an Accreditation Advisory Board in accordance with the Accreditation Body Act.
The Accreditation Advisory Board supports and advises the Federal Government and the national accreditation body in all matters relating to accreditation. Its tasks include defining rules, promoting the use of the accreditation as a means of building confidence within the context of conformity assessment, and coordinating German representation and Germany's position at the meetings of the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA).
The Accreditation Advisory Board sets up specialist boards for various sectors. Their main task is to support the Accreditation Advisory Board in defining sector-specific rules.
The 16 members of the Accreditation Advisory Board were appointed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to serve from 2013 to 2016.
Coordinating Office of the Accreditation Advisory Board
The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing is responsible for the Coordinating Office of the Accreditation Advisory Board.
Accreditation Body Act
The Accreditation Body Act entered into force in August 2009. Its provisions regulate matters such as 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.