What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is the endorsement of an organisation’s competence, credibility, independence and integrity against both national and international standards. It effectively evaluates the organisation’s ability in carrying out testing, inspection, calibration and certification services.
SAC is a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) Signatory to various international organisations including ILAC, IAF, APLAC, PAC. The SAC’s mark on test, calibration, inspection reports and certificates will mean that the report is recognised among the MRA partners. Thus, if your services are accredited by SAC, your accredited services will be recognised by the importing countries who are members signatory of the MRA.
For more information about MRA, please click here.
Types of Accreditation
SAC currently operates the following accreditation schemes* -
Calibration and testing laboratories:
Chemical, biological, environmental, medical, medical imaging, non-destructive testing, gaming and testing related to civil and mechanical engineering.
Industrial pressure vessels and lifting equipment, structural steelwork, motor vehicles, cargo inspection and site investigation.
Management system certification bodies:
Quality management system, environmental management system, occupational safety & health management system, HACCP based food management system, food safety management system, good distribution practice for medical devices, business continuity management and energy management system.
Product certification bodies
Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) scheme:
Ensures that certified facilities performing non-clinical safety testing in Singapore comply with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Principles of GLP.
Please click here for the detailed requirements of all the accreditation schemes.
- For other types of conformity assessment services currently not offered by SAC, we are open to exploring the option of providing accreditation or developing a new scheme/programme for the respective areas. Do kindly contact us here.
Why Use Accredited CABs?
Using accredited CABs offers multiple benefits for companies. Besides providing a marketing opportunity, it also boosts the company’s image – having been tried and certified by reliable CABs, the company’s products and services are endorsed with the highest assurance. This, in turn, instils confidence in the company’s customers and stakeholders alike.
How Do You Identify a SAC Accredited Conformity Assessment Body?
You can identify a SAC accredited conformity assessment body (CAB) by SAC accreditation marks as proof of accreditation. Accredited reports or certificates carry the SAC mark, along with the unique SAC accreditation certificate number.
In addition, an accredited test or inspection report will include the following statement:
“The results reported herein have been performed in accordance with the terms of accreditation under the Singapore Accreditation Council.”
Accreditation is granted for a specific scope of activities and not for all activities undertaken by the CABs. Thus, accredited CABs are only allowed to issue accredited reports for those tests, calibrations or inspections, or issue accredited certificates for the specific certification scopes which they have been accredited.
Search For CABs
The accreditation schemes that SAC operates are Management Systems Certification Bodies, Inspection Bodies, Product Certification Bodies, Verification & Validation Bodies, Calibration and Testing Laboratories, Proficiency Testing Providers as well as Good Laboratory Practice. Each scheme offers a specific set of capabilities, and they are altogether designed to accommodate the different products and services currently in the market.
Click here to search for CABs.