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National Laboratory Association South Africa


The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is recognised by the South African Government as the single National Accreditation Body that gives formal recognition that Laboratories, Certification Bodies, Inspection Bodies, Proficiency Testing Scheme Providers and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) test facilities are competent to carry out specific tasks in terms of  the Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act (Act 19 of 2006). View Document

SANAS’s purpose is to instil confidence and peace of mind to companies and individuals through accreditation which is required for economic and social well-being for all.

International Standards
SANAS accredits Conformity Assessment Bodies against internationally agreed standards, for example:
Medical Laboratories to ISO 15189, Certification Bodies to ISO 17021, ISO 17024, ISO 17065 and ISO 14065, Laboratories (testing and calibration) to ISO/IEC 17025, Inspection Bodies to ISO/IEC 17020, and GLP facilities are inspected for compliance to OECD GLP principles.

Multilateral Recognition Arrangements
SANAS is also a signatory of the multilateral recognition arrangements of both the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) which, allows international recognition of results of South Africa’s accredited facilities.


We are going online!

Almost gone are the days of paper, SANAS is taking the hassle out of the application process by introducing you to our new online application form at your fingertips. We are about to launch the first phase of our new online registration and applicat

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The Third South African Premier Business Awards

The Third South African Premier Business Awards are scheduled to take place on the 9th April 2015. The call for entries is open till the 6th March 2015 at 16:00 and the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) would like to extend the invitation

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Coming Soon SANAS Online

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Invitation for Supplier's to Register on the SANAS Supplier Database

In order to comply with Section 76(4) (C) of Public Finance Management Act and to ensure competitive process, SANAS invites all suitable and interested prospective suppliers and service providers to apply for registration on the SANAS database.

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Training for New SANAS Assessors

The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is embarking on a drive to train and qualify additional Assessors in the scopes in which SANAS offers accreditation by 2015. This drive is in line with SANAS strategy to grow the assessor pool i

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