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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.


SANAS selected as finalist in the Top Performing Public Service Award category

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) was selected as a finalist in the Top Performing Public Service Award category at 12th Annual National Business Awards. The National Business Awards are the Oscars of South African Business, they

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2015 Assessor Conclaves

The 2015 Annual Assessor conclaves are scheduled as follows: Gauteng : Thursday, 19 February 2015 Venue: Diep In Die Berg Cape Town: Thursday 26 February 2015 Venue: Fountains Hotel

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Media Release - Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000

Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000

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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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Notice of Confirmation of Certification issued by Accredited Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (“BBBEE”) Verification Agencies

Latest BBBEE Withdrawals

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SANAS launched new accreditation programme

The  South  African  National  Accreditation  System  (SANAS)  launched  a  new  accreditation programme  for  Energy  Management  Systems  (EnMS)  in  accordance  with  the  International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)’

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Risk Based Inspection Workshop Launched

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Revised SANAS Processes: Re-assessment, Application Form and new Terms and Conditions of Accreditation

SANAS has indicated and communicated its intention to revise the re-assessment process, implementation of which was on 1 April 2013. A little background on the reason for change: Re-assessments were conducted in the same manner as surveillance

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Inspection Bodies Accreditation – SANAS Signatory to the ILAC MRA

SANAS is one of thirty-nine accreditation bodies from thirty-nine economies who became the inaugural signatories to the ILAC MRA for the accreditation of inspection bodies. <View Document>

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MCEP funding for Conformity Assessment Bodies

SANAS encourage Conformity Assessment Bodies to apply for MCEP funding through the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). <Read More>

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