CEQMAS provides consultancy to Laboratories
and Bodies aiming at accreditation.
Accreditation is the procedure by which credibility is given by an external body
to a programme, a department, an institution.
Accreditation is the highest level of
recognition for Laboratories operating under Quality Assurance, for instance
- ISO/IEC 17020: 1998
General criteria for the
operation of various types of bodies performing inspection
- ISO/IEC 17024: 2003
Conformity assessment -- General requirements for bodies operating
certification of persons
- ISO/IEC 17025: 2005
General requirements for the
competence of testing and calibration laboratories
- ISO/IEC 17030: 2003
assessment -- General requirements for third-party marks of conformity
In Belgium, accreditation is delivered
who defines Accreditation as " a third-party attestation related to a
conformity assessment body, that conveys formal demonstration of its competence
to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks. Laboratories,
inspection and certification bodies may, through accreditation, provide evidence
with regard to their technical abilities."
Two "old" definitions from ISO 8402-1994:
Quality: "The totality of characteristics of an entity that bear on its ability to satisfy
stated or implied needs."
"All the planned and systematic activities
implemented within the quality system, and
demonstrated as needed, to
provide adequate confidence that an entity will fulfil requirements for quality."
8402 was withdrawn in December 2000 and new definitions are now found in ISO
9000-2000 (Quality management systems - Fundamentals