What is Accreditation?

"Accreditation refers to third-party attestation connected to a conformity valuation body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out exact conformity assessment tasks"

Accreditation as defined in ISO/IEC 17011

Accreditation means the formal acknowledgment of the technical and organizational competence of an authority to perform an exact service as defined in the scope of accreditation. Capability is the key to transparency, confidence and comparability.

Accreditation is a confidence-building measure, which permits establishments, economy and society to judge, if testing, inspection or certification bodies (conformity valuation bodies) fulfil precise tasks with the required high dependability.

Accreditation by ScottLand Akkreditering Forum Limited is in accordance to the global conformity valuation standards recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Benefits of Accreditation

For companies

  • Better receiving of services and products eases market entrance or makes it possible
  • Tested once, recognized everywhere: International comparability and acknowledgment of inspections, certificates, tests or calibrations stops costs resulting from multiple valuations
  • Proof of competence facilitates the selection of a suitable service provider for the conformity valuation of goods and services

For accredited bodies

  • Objective proof of excellence and capability for the activities of conformity valuation bodies according to international standards
  • Competitive advantages over non-accredited market contestants

For consumers

  • More consumer trust in the excellence of products and services - anyhow a complex global market
  • Less production errors or recalls

For legislators

  • Flexible alternative to lawmaking