WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?
"Accreditation refers to third-party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks"
Accreditation as defined in ISO/IEC 17011
Accreditation means the formal recognition of the technical and organizational competence of an authority to execute a specific service as described in the scope of accreditation. Competence is the key to transparency, confidence and comparability.
Accreditation is a confidence-building measure, which allows authorities, economy and society to judge, if testing, inspection or certification bodies (conformity assessment bodies) fulfil specific tasks with the demanded high reliability.
Accreditation by EA-JAS is in accordance to the international conformity assessment standards established by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATAION
Accreditations offer many benefits:
- Better acceptance of products and services eases market access or makes it possible
- Tested once, accepted everywhere: International comparability and recognition of certificates, inspections, tests or calibrations prevents costs resulting from multiple assessments
- Proof of competence facilitates the selection of a suitable service provider for the conformity assessment of goods and services
For accredited bodies
- Objective proof of quality and competence for the activities of conformity assessment bodies according to international standards
- Competitive advantages over non-accredited market participants
- more consumer trust in the quality of products and services - notwithstanding a complex global market
- fewer production errors or recalls
- flexible alternative to legislation
HOW TO CHOOSE CABs?
A conformity assessment body (CAB) that is EA-JAS accredited carries one of the EA-JAS accreditation marks. Endorsed reports or accredited certificates carry the EA-JAS mark, along with the accreditation number.
Accreditation is granted for a specific scope of activities, and not for all activities undertaken by the CABs. Therefore, it is important to take note that accredited CABs are only allowed to issue endorsed reports for tests, calibrations/inspections or accredited certificates within the scope of accreditation.
BENEFITS OF EA-JAS ACCEDITED CABs
Using EA-JAS 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.
EA-JAS’s extensive network of CABs across the world provide international recognition, so companies can also avoid costly retesting, re-inspection or recertification for overseas market access.
How does my organisation become accredited?
EA-JAS has detailed the accreditation process on this site – which outlines each stage from enquiry right up to the award of accreditation and maintenance thereafter.
What are the fees involved to become accredited?
EA-JAS charges fees for the operation of all its schemes. Fees are set annually and are subject to a yearly review. The fee details can be got by sending a request on email@example.com.
How long does it take to become accredited?
EA-JAS Accreditation process can take up to 6 months to complete, from receipt of application to award of accreditation.
What documents and forms do I need to fill in to become accredited?
All applicants are required to fill in the relevant application form. EA-JAS provides guidance, policy and mandatory documents which should be read in conjunction with your application all documents and forms are available on the EA-JAS Website.
If there is only 1 person employed in the laboratory, can my org still be accredited? Or does there have to be a minimum amount of employees etc.?
Accreditation is awarded to an organisation based on its ability to demonstrate that it is competent and impartial when complying with the relevant international standards. There is no minimum requirement.
Do EA-JAS provide Consultancy on the implementation of quality management systems or technical issues?
EA-JAS does not provide any consultancy service.
What is the difference between accreditation and certification?
Certification is the process whereby a system, product or process is confirmed, through audit, to meet specific requirements. Accreditation is the third part confirmation of an organisation’s competence and integrity to perform testing, calibration, inspection and certification services.
How do I check to see if an organisation is accredited by EA-JAS?
EA-JAS has a Directory of Accredited Bodies publically available on our website. Each organisation is listed with details on its scope of accreditation, location, contact details etc.
Can I purchase a standard from INAB? Where do I go to purchase a standard?
EA-JAS does not sell standards. Standards are available from www.standards.ie
How can I check if an accredited organisation is accredited for the scope of activity I need?
Log onto the EA-JAS website, and search the Directory of Accredited Bodies for your organisation.
If an organisation has resigned/withdrawn their accreditation with EA-JAS does that mean the certificate is not valid or recognised, even though it was issued when they were EA-JAS accredited?
Accredited test or calibration or inspection certificates/reports issued by a laboratory or inspection body are valid if the laboratory or inspection body is accredited at the time of the testing/calibration/inspection. Accredited certificates issued by a certification body are only valid within 3 months of the date of withdrawal of the certification body from the EA-JAS programme.
How do I become an assessor?
If you wish to express an interest in becoming an expert on the EA-JAS Register of Assessors you may forward your profile to firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will guide you with further process, after thorough evaluation of your profile.