Accreditation of certification bodies and other conformity assessment bodies (CABs)

Accreditation of certification bodies is managed by the Swiss Accreditation Service SAS, a department of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). 

The SAS handles the assessment and accreditation of certification bodies and also of other conformity assessment bodies (CABs), such as test and calibration laboratories, inspection agencies, benchmark materials producers and aptitude test organizers.

In administrative terms, the SAS is attached to the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) as a GMEB unit. However, in accordance with the national and international directives currently in force, it makes decisions autonomously and at its absolute discretion on accreditation matters.

Source: Swiss Accreditation Service SAS, last changed: 06/29/2016


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Accreditation Service
A national body that conducts evaluations on the basis of international requirements and formally recognizes an organization’s competence to assess conformity in accordance with established requirements. Thus, accredited certification organizations are competent to perform certifications and issue the corresponding certificates for the certification standards named in the scope of the accreditation.

Last modification 17.08.2018

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