approval authority

This term is defined in ECSS-Q-ST-70-07C as
entity/organization responsible for executing (or sub-contracting) the examination of the technology samples, performing the automatic wave soldering process line-audit, authorizing the implementation of the supplier�s verification programme, and notifying, renewing or withdrawing the approval of the verification

This term is defined in ECSS-Q-ST-70-08C as
entity that reviews and accepts the verification programme, evaluating the test results and grants the final approval