What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is the process of providing recognition to an organization for its competence in performing specific tasks. Accreditation involves the assessment of technical competence of organizations in providing conformity assessment service(s). Conformity assessment services include calibration (measurement), testing, certification (management systems/ product/ personnel) and inspection. Conformity assessment service providers are often referred to as conformity assessment bodies.
In order to be accredited, a conformity assessment body has to comply with all the requirements of the applicable international standard and demonstrate that compliance through an assessment of the system. The assessment is undertaken by an Accreditation Body.
Accreditation is designed to be a transparent process in which all interested parties should be aware of the rules and processes underlying the system. It is also designed to be non - discriminatory in that any conformity assessment body [calibration/ testing laboratory, certification body (management system/ product/ personnel] and inspection body able to demonstrate competence and comply with the respective rules can be accredited.
When a conformity assessment body is accredited, its competence is defined in an accreditation certificate granted by an accreditation body. Accreditation does not guarantee each and every measurement/ test/ certification/ inspection made by the conformity assessment body but enhances competence of the conformity assessment body.