Impact of accreditations on conformity assessment bodies

Swiss Accreditation Service

Key facts

The Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS) accredits and examines conformity assessment bodies (CABs) on the basis of international standards. CABs may be calibration and testing laboratories, inspection and certification bodies, as well as manufacturers of reference materials and providers of suitability reviews. With accreditation, the SAS formally recognises the competence of now more than 700 CABs to work according to specified requirements. Accreditation strengthens confidence in the competence and services of accredited CABs and helps to remove technical barriers to trade.