PMA statement

The PMA would like to take a positive and constructive stance in order to help resolve the current disputes

1) New EN 926-2

The PMA notes that the 2011 Bregenz agreement was not fully implemented by all test houses.

This may lead to some different interpretations of the current EN standard. However this is only a temporary situation because from 1st June 2014 the folding line definition of the Bregenz agreement is incorporated into the new EN 926-2-2014.

The PMA would like to emphasize that the test laboratories should try harder to reach comparable tests results and steps should be taken to stop the problem of different interpretation of the test standard recurring in the future.

2) Authority over the Test Houses.

At the moment there is no single institution that hasofficial authority over the test houses. This issue has led to some of the problems that we are currently seeing.

The PMA members are the customers of the test houses and as well some of the most experienced professionals in this field.

In future when the european accreditation system is installed the test houses will be supervised in their audits by approved experts from the accreditation companies. These experts can only be found among the customers of the test houses or within the test houses themselves.

3) Peer Evaluation

With the new european accreditation system will come also asystem of 'Peer evaluation’.

This means that the test houses should get together from time to time and agree on the way the tests should be interpreted.

They should also cross check each others work to make surethat they come to comparable test results. The PMA would like the test houses to participate in such apeer evaluation system and will make it a priority to encourage this.