The EGAC was established in 1996 by Presidential Decree number 312/1996. This decree was replaced in 2006 by Presidential Decree number 248/2006 which designates EGAC as the sole national body for the assessment and accreditation of conformity assessment bodies including testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies for products, management systems and personnel.
To contribute to the improvement of the EGAC's role in the area of conformity assessment a twinning agreement was signed with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (SWEDAC) in August 2008. This paved the way for the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance (ACAA), which was negotiated between Egypt and the EU with the overall objective of developing Egypt's quality infrastructure to increase the competitiveness of Egyptian products in the international market as well as enhancing access to EU markets.
The project results include legislative reform and institutional capacity building with particular emphasis on strategic planning, accreditation and conformity assessment activities. International recognition by ILAC and IAF will be achieved and maintained for formal Multilateral Agreements along with an external communication plan to establish EGAC's image as a client friendly organisation
The project activities are grouped into the following main components:
1.Legislative reform, including analysis of the gap between Egyptian and EU legislation and reforms to narrow the gap
2.Assistance with institutional capacity building to:
- Reform EGAC's organisational structure
- Develop strategic direction
- Align regulations with EU directives
- Develop an Inspection Unit
- Establish a unit for certification of personnel
- Establish a unit for certification of products
- Develop its Medicare Quality Management Accreditation Unit
- Build EGAC's capacity to conduct laboratory and inspection accreditation activities
3.External communication through the newly-established Unit for External Relations, which will develop and implement an awareness campaign