The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is the only national body responsible for carrying out accreditations in respect of conformity assessment, as mandated through the Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act (Act 19 of 2006). These includes accreditation of-
(a) calibration, testing and verification laboratories;
(b) certification bodies;
(c) inspection bodies;
(d) rating agencies; and
(e) any other type of body that may be added to SANAS’ scope of activity by the Minister of Trade and Industry.
Accreditation means third party attestation related to conformity assessment and calibration facilities conveying formal demonstration of their competence to carry out tasks against specified criteria, including criteria in national and/or International Guides and Standards.