An Italian Council of State court ruled on 21st April, 2023 that public procurement tenders, issued on behalf of Italian Regulatory bodies, could mandate that only management systems certification bearing a European Union Accreditation Body Mark can be submitted to apply for the tender. (Full ruling: N. 04089/2023 REG.PROV.COLL. N. 05072/2022 REG.RIC.)
UKAS has issued the following statement in response: UKAS Statement on Italian Council of State Judgment of 21 April 2023
The ruling applies to government procurement tenders specific to Italy, not broader business-to-business uses of certification within Italy and the EU. There is also currently an appeal period in progress between 21st April and 21st May 2023.
LRQA will continue to monitor this dynamic situation, which is still developing and final implications yet to be fully established. We will keep colleagues and clients updated as appropriate and support any impacted clients as they manage this change. We ask any queries are directed via your usual LRQA contact.