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Accreditation Process

The Southern African Development Community Accreditation Services (SADCAS) offers accreditation programmes for testing and calibration laboratories, certification bodies (management systems/product/personnel) and inspection bodies.

Accreditation is granted to conformity assessment service providers who have demonstrated that they fully meet the requirements of the relevant international standards. Accreditation is achieved through the following five stages:

Route to Accreditation

SADCAS accreditation is achieved through five stages:

Application and Document Review

  •  Completion of application form
  •  All applications accompanied by Quality Manual
  •  SADCAS undertakes applicant’s documents review

Pre-assessment

  •  Optional stage designed to assess organization’s readiness for a full assessment

Initial Assessment

  • Conducted on site by a SADCAS Assessment Team
  • Covers all aspects of organization’s scope of application
  • Accreditation decisions made by the SADCAS Accreditation Decisions Committee

Surveillance Assessment

  • Undertaken after organization has obtained accreditation
  • Accreditation confirmed on an annual basis by surveillance visits

Re-assessment

  •  Full assessment conducted every fifth year

Training Services

SADCAS offers training on accreditation related courses.

News

31 Jan

The Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS) scope in the International Laboratory Accreditation...

22 Jan

The Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS) is proud to announce the accreditation of the ...

19 Jan

The training workshop of ISO/IEC 17011: 2017 Conformity assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting...

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