Accreditation Details

Accreditation is defined as a third party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks.


In layman’s terms, SAACB members voluntarily offer their systems and operations to be assessed by one or more accreditation bodies to confirm their competence to offer certification to clients.


Accreditation bodies are normally related in some way to Government and it is normal only to have one national accreditation body in a country. In South Africa, accreditation is performed by the South African National Accreditation System(SANAS).


SANAS is mandated by the Department of Trade and Industry under the Accreditation Act (act. 19 of 2006: Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act, 2006).


Accreditation reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring them that accredited bodies are competent to carry out the work they undertake. Accreditation bodies which are members of IAF are required to operate at the highest standard and require the bodies they accredit to comply with appropriate international standards. Certificates issued by bodies accredited by members of the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) are relied upon all over the world because the MLA assures customers that the certificate is credible.


  • SAACB full members are accredited by a wide range of IAF member bodies including SANAS.
  • Some members may hold one or two accreditations and some members may have many more accreditations depending where they operate.  e.g. UKAS (United Kingdom) RvA (Netherlands) TGA (Germany).
  • All members subscribe to the same principles of professional certification.
  • All members are subjected to regular audit by Accreditation Bodies, centrally and regionally.