Evolving countries policy

Laboratories from countries defined and listed in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) World Economic Outlook as emerging and developing economies can apply for a reduction of the EQA fees.   These laboratories can take advantage of a 30% reduction in EQA fees for a period of 3 years, provided the laboratories agree to continue to participate in EQA at full cost thereafter. The reduction of fees does not apply to the annual registration fee which must be paid in full.

The IMF policy document lists the current countries defined as emerging and developing economies.

In order to apply for the reduction in fees, the laboratory should provide a formal letter of application to the Scheme Office together together with the following evidence:

  1. Number of years the laboratory has been operating.
  2. Number of tests undertaken annually in the relevant EQA category.
  3. Main source of laboratory funding.
  4. Approximate turnover in local currency.

The information provided will be reviewed and verified by the Scheme Office and, if applicable, a formal note of acceptance will be sent to the laboratory.  The final decision regarding fee reduction lies with the Scheme Director(s). 
A laboratory in receipt of a fee reduction is obliged to inform the Scheme Office of any significant changes to the criteria listed under points 2-4 above within one calendar month of a change.  Once the agreed period of fee reduction has expired, the laboratory will be invoiced the full cost for EQA participation.

 

Last updated: Tuesday, 04 December 2018
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