Dr Andreas Steinhorst. After his study of Ecotrophology at the University of Applied Sciences (diploma degree), Andreas Steinhorst commenced his study of Chemistry at the Westfälischen Wilhelms-University Münster. Following seven years of study and research activities he graduated with a doctorate of natural sciences. As a result of his excellent performance he received a scholarship from the Fund of the German Chemical Industry.
Andreas Steinhorst gained his first professional experience in the analytical department of a chemical institute, where he introduced inter alia the quality management system. He took on the position as the Quality manager.
Mid-nineties he started his career in the field of accreditation of conformity assessment bodies. Andreas Steinhorst became the managing director of the German Accreditation body of Chemistry (DACH). He led DACH to a recognized accreditation body and signatory of the EA-MLA. DACH was one of the first accreditation bodies who introduced the so-called flexible scope for accreditation. Furthermore, he led DACH to one of the biggest accreditation body for medical laboratories globally due to the close cooperation with the medical professionals.
After the restructuring of the German accreditation system towards a single accreditation body per member state according the European Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, he became managing director of the new established German Accreditation body DAkkS.
After almost 20 years work for an accreditation body he was appointed as the first Executive Secretary of the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), the European association of national accreditation bodies.