DEFINITION: Accreditation is a third-party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks (definition according to EN ISO/IEC 17000).

COMMENT: Accreditation provides confidence in the value and credibility of the various types of conformity assessment and represents the last level of control of the validity of conformity assessment services in both voluntary and regulated areas.

SOURCE: European Committee for Standardization


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