EARSC started in 2013 looking at whether to introduce a certification scheme to help the European Industry. In 2014 it was decided to go ahead and launch the scheme and in June 2015 the scheme becomes live.
The following documentation has already been developed:
(update documents January 2017)
|EARSC Product Specification DRD guideline Iss 1.1 .pdf||Enable organisations generating Earth Observation Product Specifications to produce documents of common content||Jan 2017|
|EARSC Certification Scheme Description Iss 1.1.pdf||Guideline for the industry to be available for use by an organisation supplying EO Products and Services||Jan 2017|
|EARSC Management System Requirements Iss 2.pdf||Provide management system requirements for an organisation providing Products or Services based on EO data||Jan 2017|
|EARSC Certification Self Assessment Checklist Iss 2.pdf||Provide a checklist for the application of the Earth Observation Industry Certification – Management System Requirements||Jan 2017|
List of organizations able to undertake the assessment of the EO Products and Services.
NQA (UK) is a leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection and certification services. It is the first auditor to be recognised under the EARSC certification scheme and they are looking to assist on the process (web)
We are in discussion with other certification bodies
After the trials performed during 2014, the scheme is now being made operational.
During the pilot project to test the scheme, Planetek (Italy) became the first company to be audited by an Accredited Third Party Certification Body to ISO9001 plus the scheme requirements and now have this as a statement on their ISO9001 certificate. AnsuR (Norway) and Stevenson Astrosat (Scotland) were audited by Lloyds Register Bv (The Netherlands) as part of the scheme pilot and both companies are now in the process of getting ISO9001 certification including compliance with the scheme requirements. During and after the pilot, Flyby (Italy) also used the scheme documentation to assess changes that were needed to their certified QMS.
Future steps: The scheme will propose a list of companies which have been audited and successfully verified the conformance of their Quality Management System to the EARSC certification scheme guidelines