Accreditation body is an independent assessment body on recognised standards to make sure their impartiality and competence. Public can have more confidence on the calibration and test results, inspection result or the certification provided.Accreditation bodies are formed in different countries with the main purpose of ensuring that conformity assessment bodies are subject to review by an authoritative body. This is aimed at improving the acceptance of goods and services nationwide, building a mechanism to promote foreign trade by eliminating technological obstacles. The authoritative bodies are the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), which manages management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programmes of conformity assessment, while International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) are for laboratory and inspection accreditation.
Besides that, IAF is also helping to establish Multilateral Recognition Arrangements (MLA), between its accreditation body members which reduces risk to business and its customers by ensuring that an accredited certificate may be relied upon anywhere in the world.
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