SADCAS Accredits More Facilities

ISO/IEC 17021-1: 2015 Training

Mwanza Zonal Water Laboratory Accredited

Customer Satisfaction Survey - Accreditation Services - 2014-15 Result

SADCAS Commemorates World Accreditation Day

SADCAS Appoints New Board Member - Mr Manuel Mutale

SADCAS General Assembly Elects New Board Member

NAFP-Swaziland Awarded Certificate of Recognition


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What is Accreditation?
Who Seeks Accreditation?
Why Accreditation Matters?
What is the Accreditation Process?

Who Seeks Accreditation?

Government bodies and regulators are constantly called upon to make decisions related to:

  • Protecting the health and welfare of consumers and the public
  • Protecting the environment
  • Developing new regulations and requirements
  • Measuring compliance with regulatory and legal requirements
  • Allocating resources, both technical and financial

In order to make informed decisions, government bodies and regulators must have confidence in the data generated by conformity assessment bodies [laboratories, certification bodies (management systems/product/personnel) and inspection bodies]. Using accredited conformity assessment bodies can help to establish and assure this confidence.

Accreditation applies to conformity assessment service providers operating in both the voluntary and regulatory areas.

  • Testing laboratories e.g. medical, chemical, microbiology, food and associated products, engineering, textiles etc.
  • Calibration laboratories e.g. mass, volume, dimension, temperature, pressure, electrical, etc.
  • Certification bodies e.g. management systems (quality/environment/occupational health and safety/food management system etc.), product and personnel.
  • Inspection bodies e.g. import/export, pressure equipment, etc.
  • Proficiency testing service providers.
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