DANAK - THE DANISH ACCREDITATION FUND
DANAK is the national accreditation body in Denmark appointed by The Danish Safety Technology Authority, under the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs. As the national accreditation body DANAK is responsible for accreditation of: laboratories, certification bodies, inspection bodies and verification bodies.
DANAK, an abbreviation of the Danish Accreditation Fund, is established as an independent non-profit business fund.
DANAK was founded as a business-oriented Fund in 2002 and started operating as a separate entity from the beginning of 2003. Originally, it was active under the name of the Danish National Testing Board approving laboratories for testing and calibration since 1973. Since then new accreditation areas were added.
DANAK was with its foundation as a business-oriented Fund separated from the Danish Business Authority, with headquarters in Skovlunde near Copenhagen. The Fund was founded by stakeholders: customers, authorities and representatives of the Danish companies brought together in the organisation DI, Confederation of Danish Industry.
ACTIVE PLAYER INTERNATIONALLY
DANAK is an active partner in the international cooperation on accreditation. This cooperation happens in EA, IAF and ILAC, and DANAK follows the regulations made by these institutions. This ensures that accreditations granted in Denmark are recognised throughout the world.
DANAK is lead by a board of directors, which has set up advisory committees in a number of sectors.
DANAK is divided in two sections:
Accreditation for testing, calibration and medical examination, primarily in laboratory areas
Accreditation for certification and inspection.
The lead assessors are in charge of the daily work on accreditation and assessment of existing accreditations in cooperation with technical assessors or special experts. DANAK’s members of staff is obligated to do their jobs w unbiased and in full confidence.
DANAK has a contract with the Danish Safety Technology Authority to undertake accreditation tasks as the Danish accreditation body. DANAK’s strategy for the period 2015-2020 appears on this website.
DANAK primarily offers accreditation for applicants who are established in Denmark. DANAK can choose not to offer accreditation in specific areas just as DANAK can offer accreditation for applicants established outside areas not evaluated by EA.
DANAK assesses certification schemes to ensure that they meet the requirements for accredited certification. As part of the agreement with EA, this makes DANAK able to enter into an agreement to be contact/home-AB to certification schemes.
DANAK does not offer specific advice on accreditation but guides about the rules. DANAK also offers general courses in accordance with the standards 17020, 17025 and 15189. The courses are primarily meant for DANAK’s technical advisors but are open to other participants as well. Furthermore, DANAK guides authorities about accreditation and accredited schemes.
DANAK is largely financed through payment from customers. In addition, the state budget allocates a grant for the international work and international recognition of DANAK. DANAK’s annual finance report and DANAKs annual account of fund management can be viewed on this website.