About the Southern African Association of Certification Bodies

The SAACB was founded in May 1998 and is an industry association of certification bodies – the primary requirement for full membership being that the certification body is accredited and that all members agree to abide by a professional code of conduct. Associate membership is available to those certification bodies who are actively seeking and have applied for accreditation or other organizations that support the work of the SAACB.


The Association meets quarterly to discuss matters of interest in the certification community with the mission of promoting accredited certification in Southern Africa. The Association covers personnel, product and management system certification.

Although based in South Africa, members operate in Southern Africa or the Indian Ocean Islands. The SAACB is a  registered Section 21 organization not for profit company (NPC).  Professional competition is promoted to ensure that the client receives value in the certification process.


SAACB members offer accredited certification against the requirements of many national and international standards including:

  • Quality Management Systems – ISO 9001
  • Environmental Management Systems – ISO 14001
  • Health and Safety Management Systems – OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001
  • Food Safety Management Systems – ISO 22000, FSSC 22000
  • Certification of Persons – ISO/IEC 17024
  • Certification of Products, Processes and Services – ISO/IEC 17065
  • SANS 10330 – HACCP