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Certification & Accreditation - SABS Mark Scheme

Product certification is the process of certifying that a certain product has passed performance and quality assurance tests stipulated in a standard or regulation or that it complies to a national and international standard or regulation governing quality and minimum performance requirements.

Mandatory

This refers to some product certification that are mandatory by law depending on the intended market for the product or service and if not applied correctly are subject to enforcement by law.

Voluntary

This refers to some product certifications that are voluntary and are undertaken by manufactures to demonstrate product quality and gain a market advantage.

The SABS Mark

The SABS Product Certification Scheme aims at providing third party guarantee of quality, safety and reliability of products to the consumer. The presence of the SABS Certification Mark known as the SABS Mark on a product is an assurance of conformity to the specifications. The conformity is ensured by regular surveillance of the manufacture’s performance by regular or surprise inspections and the testing of samples drawn from the factory by SABS auditors. The SABS Product Certification Scheme (SABS Mark) operates in an impartial, non discriminatory and transparent manner monitored by SANAS (South African National Accreditation Systems).

The SABS Mark Scheme is essentially voluntary in nature, and is largely based on ISO/ IEC 17065 , which provides general rules for third party certification system of determining conformity with product standards through initial testing and assessment of the manufacture’s quality management system, followed by surveillance that takes into account the manufacture’s quality management system and the testing of samples from the manufacture and/or the open market.

The SABS employs a staff compliment of qualified auditors to cater to all its field of operations. The SABS auditors are trained into evaluation and assessment techniques to a high degree of professional competence.

In addition, independent laboratories having demonstrated ability and a quality system accredited to ISO Guide 17025 have been recognised for testing of samples.