This is chapter 2 of the Accreditation: Where standards, conformity and quality meet orientation module. A transcript of the video follows below.
Chapter 2: What is accreditation?
Accreditation is formal, third-party recognition that an organization is competent to perform specific tasks - the work for which they are accredited.
Accreditation can be voluntary or mandated by government. It is a continuous quality improvement process to demonstrate that internationally and/or nationally prescribed standards have been met.
The benefits of accreditation are many. Accreditation can help:
- Improve your product’s or system’s quality and safety
- Demonstrate your market accountability
- Bring you recognition
- Reduce your costs and increase efficiency
- Reduce your risk, and
- Offer you a competitive edge
SCC maintains accreditation agreements with organizations in countries all over the world. These agreements are recognized by other accreditation bodies through mutual recognition and multilateral recognition arrangements. These agreements enable products to cross borders more easily and decrease the need for re-assessment and duplicate testing by regulatory authorities, and/or customers, along the supply chain.