Art. 87. Quality assurance standards

1. Where they require the production of certificates drawn up by independent bodies attesting that the economic operator complies with certain quality assurance standards, including on accessibility for disabled persons, contracting authorities or contracting entities refer to quality assurance systems based on the relevant European standards series certified by accredited bodies. Contracting authorities or contracting entities shall recognise equivalent certificates from bodies established in other Member States. They shall also accept other evidence of equivalent quality assurance measures where the economic operator concerned had no possibility of obtaining such certificates within the relevant time limits for reasons that are not attributable to that economic operator provided that the economic operators prove that the proposed quality assurance measures comply with the required quality assurance standars quality assurance standards.

2. Contracting authorities or contracting entities, when requiring the presentation of certificates drawn up by independent bodies attesting that the economic operator complies with certain environmental management systems or standards, shall refer to the Eco- Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) of the Union or to other environmental management systems as recognized in accordance with Article 45 of Regulation EC) n. 1221/2009 or other environmental management standards based on the relevant European or international standards by accredited bodies, within the meaning of regulation EC) n. 765/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council. Contracting authorities or contracting entities shall recognize equivalent certificates from bodies established in other Member States. Where economic operators had demonstrably no access to such certificates, or no possibility of obtaining them within the relevant time limits for reasons that are not attributable to them, the contracting authority or entity shall also accept other documentary evidence of environmental management measures, provided that the economic operators prove that these measures are equivalent to those required under the applicable environmental management system or standard.

3 Contracting stations, where they require economic operators to present certificates issued by independent bodies to certify compliance with the criteria referred to in paragraph 2 of Article 34, shall refer to conformity assessment bodies accredited in accordance with the Regulation EC ) n. 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council, in compliance with the UNI CEI EN ISO / IEC standards of the 17000 series.

4.Information relating to the documents produced as evidence of compliance with quality and environmental standards shall be made available to other Member States, upon request, by the “Cabina di Regia”.