Because government bodies and regulations constantly have to make informed decisions on vital issues such as public welfare, environmental protection, development of new regulations and requirements, and allotment of resources, they must have confidence in the data generated by the laboratories that carry out testing, measurement of calibration in these specific fields. This is where an accredited laboratory comes in to help establish this confidence.
An accreditation body conducts a thorough evaluation of a CAB in its practises, staff and management. CABs are evaluated against international standards such as the ISO/IEC 17020, 17021, 17025, Guide 65. Accredited CABs are regularly re-examined to ensure continual compliance to the accreditation requirements, so that they maintain a high quality standard of technical expertise and competency.
Some benefits of accreditation include:
Regulators are able to set the overall policy and regulation, while relying on the accredited conformity assessment bodies to evaluate compliance.
Costs are lowered due to some reasons such as – the elimination of re-testing, re-sampling and lost time (both locally and globally), improved efficiency of the assessment process, and the removal of the need for regulators to employ and manage its own audit personnel thus avoiding duplicate audits.
As a demonstration of competency, accreditation increases confidence in data that is crucial in decision-making, thus increasing public confidence and reinforcing its commitment to assuring public safety, health and environment protection.
As the major procurers of goods and services, the government may rely on accredited services to inform their buying decisions, as it provides confidence that suppliers have the appropriate systems in place to deliver the requirements.