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 Definition & Objective

Accreditation Definition

It is a certification from a third party which indicates that a body offers conformity assessment services in a certain field, and that it is legally qualified to do specified tasks after it is met with the requirements in the international guides.

Accreditation activity supervises bodies that offer the following services:

  • Labs (Testing and Calibration).
  • Inspecting bodies.
  • Certification bodies.

Objectives of the Application of Accreditation on the International Level

  • A mutual agreement should be held between a group of accreditation bodies that are within one geographical location or one economical grouping, and aiming to create trust in conformity certification.
  • A accreditation body can be accredited after being assessed by four representatives from different accreditation bodies. The mutual recognition agreements are organized by regional accreditation federations.

Benefits of Accreditation

  1. 1.Giving credibility and trust to the certificates issued by the accredited bodies.
  2. International recognition of the certificates issued by the accredited bodies.
  3. Facilitating products exchange between world markets.
  4. Promoting quality level.
  5. Protecting consumer through publications of the accredited bodies.

International Accreditation Federations and Organizations

  • It aims to unify standards and procedures of accreditation around the world, and encouraging agreements of mutual recognition.
  • International Accreditation Forum IAF (for bodies that accredit certification bodies).
  • ILAC (for bodies accrediting labs and inspection bodies).

Saudi Committee for Accreditation

Regarding the increase of the accreditation activity around the world, a decree was issued by SASO Board of Directors in its meeting No. 126 dated 1-12-1428 AH which directed to reform the Saudi Committee for Accreditation with the membership of the following members:

  1. A representative of Ministry of Municipal.
  2. A representative of Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization.
  3. A representative of Ministry of Water and Electricity.
  4. A representative of Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  5. A representative of Health Ministry.
  6. A representative of Agricultural Ministry.
  7. Three representatives of private sectors
  8. A representative of Saudi Food and Drugs Authority
  9. A representative of Saudi Committee for Quality.
  10. Director of Accreditation (Secretary of the Committee).

Tasks and Responsibilities of Saudi Committee for Accreditation

  1. Suggesting the policies related to accreditation activity according to Accreditation Program.
  2. Promoting, renewing, increasing and decreasing the accreditation field for certification, inspection, and labs.
  3. Suggesting regulations for accrediting labs and certification and inspection bodies.
  4. Implementing the agreements of mutual recognition in accreditation field.
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