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Certification & Accreditation - Conformity Assessment

What is Conformity Assessment

Conformity assessment is the name given to the processes that are used to demonstrate that a product, service or management system meets specified requirements. These requirements, and the processes to be followed to be able to demonstrate these requirements, are contained primarily in ISO standards and guides.

Conformity assessment covers one or more of the following activities:

  • Certification: where SABS gives written assurance that a product, service or management system conforms to specific requirements.
  • Inspection: where SABS examines a wide range of products and report on such parameters as quality, fitness for use and continuing safety in operation.
  • Testing: where SABS tests a product against specific criteria and reports on the results. These results are used to determine the performance of the product.
  • Accreditation is the process where an authorative body gives formal recognition that a body is competent to carry out specific tasks. In South Africa, the National Accreditation body is the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS).