What is an accreditation body?

An accreditation body is an authoritative body that performs accreditation. In some instances, its authority is derived from government. Its primary function is to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organizations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services (collectively known as conformity assessment bodies).

Accreditation demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these organizations. Accreditation bodies normally operate as non-profit distributing organizations.

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