Accreditation advantages and benefits
Different interested parties can benefit differently from accreditation:
- accredited conformity assessment bodies - accreditation guarantees organizational and technical competence improvement of laboratories for calibration and testing, medical laboratories, inspection and certification bodies;
- state - accreditation is internationally recognized as a tool ensuring confidence in the operation of institutions the state has given the authorization to perform conformity assessment activities (testing, calibration, inspection and certification) aiming to protect public interests and increase the reliability of making appropriate decisions. Accreditation is a means of building trust in the product and service market. Additionally, it is an element of a country’s infrastructure connected to the European and international community thus making sure conformity assessment requirements for products are recognized and accepted outside the country;
- economy - accreditation provides reliable testing and measuring on a basis of which reliability of making decisions is increased. Simultaneously, costs and products’ flaws are reduced. Accreditation is hence very helpful in terms of decision making and risk assessing. Products certified by accredited certification bodies increase consumers and product users’ confidence as well as competitiveness on the market. Management systems, certified by accredited certification bodies, raise confidence in the business and competitiveness of the organization and facilitate access to new markets. As the accreditation process, assessment and competence confirming is performed by a third party, an independent accreditation body saves time and money and builds trust;
- customers and traders - accreditation generates confidence in the safety of products and services, provided they are tested, certified or under the supervision of competent organizations that have met internationally accepted criteria. Customers nowadays try to find safe and quality products. Consequently, manufacturers and suppliers go to great lengths to meet specific requirements. For that reason, products are sent to an accredited laboratory, inspection or certification body so that its characteristics are confirmed and verified according to the standard or the corresponding specification. Choosing the competent conformity assessment body reduces the risk of producing or selling an unsafe item.