Accreditation is, by definition, an attestation delivered by a third party in favour of a conformity assessment body. This attestation provides formal evidence of the competence of the body to perform specific tasks of conformity assessment. In other words, an accredited conformity assessment body shall demonstrate, in addition to creating an atmosphere of confidence with its clients, that:
As a matter of fact, a testing, analysis, calibration or inspection report, or a conformity certificate issued about a system, product, or person is more credible once it is delivered by a body whose impartiality, and technical and organisational competence have been demonstrated according to specific criteria agreed upon internationally.
Accreditation and certification are actually verification procedures which, as a rule, are both often considered as supplementary assessment processes. Nevertheless, they are distinguished by the context in which they are utilised.
Accreditation is awarded by an accreditation body, following an assessment, and serves as a recognition that the conformity assessment bodies have the necessary technical and organisational competence to perform testings, analyses, and inspection and certification activities.
As for certification, it is an attestation delivered after an assessment by an accredited conformity assessment body which confirms with competence and impartiality that a product, service, management system, or person conforms to the required criteria laid out in a recognised standard.
Based on the notion that accreditation is a simple tool that brings into the national market an atmosphere of confidence and security, it is also awarded a key role that can contribute to:
An organisation that is accredited and recognised for its competence should be able to :
So as to confirm a conformity assessment body seeking accreditation has the technical and organisational competence, ALGERAC performs assessments on the basis of the requirements of international accreditation standards and rules as defined below :
|Accreditation standards||Organisations concerned|
|ISO/IEC 17025||Testing & and calibration, and analysis laboratories|
|ISO 15189||Medical laboratories|
|ISO/IEC 17020||Inspection bodies|
|ISO/IEC 17021-1||Management system certification bodies|
|ISO/IEC 17065||Bodies certifying products, processes and services|
|ISO/IEC 17024||Bodies operating certification of persons|
|ISO/IEC 17043||Profeciency testing|
As mentioned in document PRO 12 (ALGERAC accreditation procedure), the accreditation process consists of five (05) essential steps defined as follows:
|File deposited||eligibility processing / Preliminary visit (optional)||Quotation forwarding & payment of fees||Signing of accreditation agreement|
|Notification of assessing team||Approval and/or recusal||Designation of assessing team||Transfer of mission orders to the team.|
|Establishment of assessment plan by assessing team||Approval by ALGERAC of assessment plan and transmitting it to CAB||Performing on-site assessment||Presentation of assessment findings||Evaluation and correction of the gaps.|
|Transmitting assessment report to ALGERAC||Presentation and examination of assessment file by SAC||SAC making decision||Approval of certificate and technical annex|
|Surveillance plan implementation||Performing of phases II, III and IV||Decision-taking||Notification of CAB|
For any request of accreditation, conformity assessment bodies are required to pay the corresponding fees according to procedure PRO 18 (Accreditation fees) as well as its Annex (Charging conditions) established by ALGERAC.
Moreover, bodies from outside Algeria seeking accreditation are requested to apply at email@example.com
Payment shall be made in the name of the Algerian Accreditation Body via one of the following methods :