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Accreditation is an endorsement of a certification body’s independence, integrity and technical competence. Most importantly, accreditation provides a certification body with a trust mark and confidence to offer its services nationally and globally.

About the Schemes

The accreditation programmes under Certification includes Product Certification, Quality Management System, Environmental Management System, Occupational Safety and Health Management System, Food Safety Management System based on ISO 22000 and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points), Business Continuity Management System, Energy Management System, Good Distribution Practice for Medical Devices and Quality Management for Bunker Supply Chain, Water Efficiency Management System, Learning Providers, Multi-tiered Cloud Computing Security, End-of-Life ICT Equipment Management, Asset Management, Medical Device-Quality Management System, Auditing Organisation, Anti-Bribery Management System and Certification of Persons.
 
Launched in October 1996, the Accreditation Scheme for Quality Management System Certification Bodies aims to uphold the standards of certification activities in Singapore. The scheme was extended in August 2003 to cover the certification of bunker suppliers, in a show of support for the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s initiative to highlight Singapore’s status as a bunkering hub. In April 2008, the scheme was further extended to cover the certification of good distribution practice of medical devices (GDPMDS). This was an effort to support the Health Sciences Authority’s initiative to ensure the quality and integrity of medical devices throughout the distribution process.
 
The Accreditation Scheme for Environmental Management System Certification Bodies and the Accreditation Scheme for Product Certification Bodies were launched in November 1999 and November 2001 respectively. The latter was extended in April 2009 to cover the certification of ready-mixed concrete in a bid to support the Building and Construction Authority’s initiative to ensure high quality of ready-mixed concrete.
 
In July 2005, the Accreditation Scheme for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Management System was launched, followed by the Accreditation Scheme for HACCP based Food Management System in September 2005. The accreditation scheme for food safety management system (ISO 22000) was launched in October 2006 while the accreditation scheme for business continuity management (BCM) was launched in April 2010.
 
The accreditation programme for Energy Management System was launched in July 2012, followed by Water Efficiency Management System in June 2013. These programmes were launched to support the increasing demand and need to optimize our limited resources and the "Green" movement.
 
The accreditation scheme for Certification of Persons was launched in August 2013. This new scheme aims to increase the industry's confidence in personnel certification, by providing third-party assuance of the competency and impartiality of accredited Perosnnel Certification Bodies.
 
In 2014, SAC launched the accreditation programmes for Learning Services Providers, Multi-Tiered Cloud Computing Security and End-of-Life ICT Equipment. The accreditation programme for Asset Management was launched in 2015. The accreditation programmes for Medical Devic-Quality Management System and Anti-bribery Management System Certification were launched in 201. A new accreditation scheme on Auditing Organisation was alos launched in 2017.

Accreditation Criteria

SAC accredits certification bodies that can demonstrate compliance with the following requirements and scope:


(I) Management System Certification Body

Programme Accreditation Requirements Certification Standards
​Quality Management Systems (QMS)
​ISO/IEC 17021-1
ISO/IEC 17021-3
Applicable IAF MDs
​ISO 9001
​Quality Management for Bunker Supply Chain (QMBS) (under QMS)
​ISO/IEC 17021-1
SAC CT 09
​SS 524
​Environment Management System (EMS) ​ISO/IEC 17021-1
ISO/IEC 17021-2
Applicable IAF MDs
​ISO 14001
​Occupational Safety & Health Management System (OSHMS) ISO/IEC 17021-1
SAC CT 02
Applicable IAF MDs
SS 506 Part 1
SS 506 Part 3
​Hazard Aanlysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
​ISO/IEC 17021-1
SAC HACCP Document No 1
Applicable IAF MDs
​SS 590
​Food Safety Management Safety (FSMS)
​ISO/IEC 17021-1
ISO/TS 22003
Applicable IAF MDs
​ISO 22000
​Business Continuity Management (BCM)
​ISO/IEC 17021-1
ISO/IEC TS 17021-6
Applicable IAF MDs
SAC CT 08
​ISO 22301
​Good Distribution Practice for Medical Devices (GDPMDS)
​ISO/IEC 17021-1
Applicable IAF MDs
SAC CT 04
​HSA TS-01
​Energy Management System (EnMS) ​ISO/IEC 17021-1
ISO/IEC 50003
Applicable IAF MDs
​ISO 50001
​Water Efficiency Management System (WEMS)
​ISO/IEC 17021-1
Applicable IAF MDs
SAC CT 11
​SS 577
​Learning Service Providers (LSP) ​ISO/IEC 17021-1
Applicable IAF MDs
SAC CT13
​ISO 29990
Applicable Technical Notes
​Multi-Tiered Cloud Computing Security (MTCS) ​ISO/IEC 17021-1
Applicable IAF MDs
SAC CT 14
​SS 584
​End-of-Life ICT Equipment (EIMS) ​ISO/IEC 17021-1
Applicable IAF MDs
SAC CT 15
​SS 587
​Asset Management (AM) ​ISO/IEC 17021-1
ISO/IEC TS 17021-5
Applicable IAF MDs
SAC CT 16
​ISO 55001
​Medical Devices - Quality Management Systems (MSQMS) ​ISO/IEC 17021-1
Applicable IAF MDs
SAC CT 18
​ISO 13485
​Anti-Bribery Management System (AMBS) ​ISO/IEC 17021-1
ISO/IEC TS 17021-9
Applicable IAF MDs
SAC CT 21
​ISO 37001

 Note:
(1) IAF MD: IAF Mandatory Documents
(2) Please see Annex 1 for the list of above-mentioned standards.

(II) Product Certification Body
Products (Scope) Accreditation Requirements Certification Standards
​British Retailer Consortium (BRC) (Food)
ISO/IEC 17065 BRC Global Standard for Food Safety
Building & Construction ​ISO/IEC 17065
SS 560
Various applicable standards
Electrical & Electronics ​ISO/IEC 17065 Refer to Singapore Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Registration Scheme Information Booklet
Various applicable stndards
​Fire Safety Products (FSP) ​ISO/IEC 17065
SAC CT 12
​Refer to SCDF Fire Safety Guidelines 1
Food Products ​ISO/IEC 17065 ​Various applicable standards
​Gas Appliances and Accessories
​ISO/IEC 17065 Various applicable standards
Green Products ​ISO/IEC 17065
Various applicable standards
​Personal Protective Equipment ​ISO/IEC 17065 ​Various applicable standards
​Ready-mixed Concrete (RMC) ​ISO/IEC 17065
SAC CT 05
SS EN 206
SS 544-1
SS 544-2
SAC CT 06
Telecommunication ​ISO/IEC 17065 ​Various applicable standards
Water Efficiency Labelling Products (WELS)
​ISO/IEC 17065
SAC CT 19
Refer to PUB's Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) Guide
All Other Products
​ISO/IEC 17065 Various applicable standards
 

(III) Personnel Certification Bodies
Programmes Accreditation Requirements Certification Standards
Business (Management) Consultants SIRI Consultant ISO/IEC 17024 TR 43
Other Programmes

  • Counterterrorism Personnel
  • Financial Planners
  • Medical Technologies
  • Non-Destructive Testing Personnel
  • Rope Access Personnel
  • Welding Personnel
  • Others
ISO/IEC 17024 Various applicable standards
 

BENEFITS

Accreditation will:
  • Increase confidence

Widely recognised by regulators and the industry, SAC accredited certificates instil greater confidence  in those who choose to engage the services of SAC accredited certification bodies.

  • International recognition

As a member of the Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for Quality Management System, Food Safety Management System, Environmental Management System and Product Certification of the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), certificates issued by SAC-accredited certification bodies are globally recognised by MLA members that span across 38 economies.

PROCESS

Upon receiving the application for accreditation, qualified assessors are assigned to assess the system of operations of the certification body and the competence of the auditors. This will be carried out through a document review, assessments at the certification body’s office as well as on-site witnessed assessments of audits – all conducted by the certification body. When the certification body has demonstrated compliance with our requirements, it will be recommended for accreditation. Once approved, SAC will grant a certificate of accreditation.  The detailed description of the type of assessment is stipulated in CT 01, Accreditation Process. 
 
The detailed description of the accreditation process can be seen below: