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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

12 Feb

Up to date, SADCAS has established the following 4 Advisory Committees (AC) who advise SADCAS on technical matters:

  • AC.01
  • ...
08 Feb

SADCAS successfully held a training workshop for its assessors on the revised version of ISO/IEC 17025 the key accreditation standard...

02 Feb

SADCAS held its 3rd Assessor Conclave on 11 December 2018 at The Aviator Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Assessor Conclave was...

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To file a complaint against SADCAS you can fill out an electronic complaint form by clicking the learn more button on the right. 

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