Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act (Act No. 19 of 2006)

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SANAS is the only national accreditation body that provides an internationally recognised and effective accreditation and good laboratory practice (GLP) compliance monitoring system that enables the Republic of South Africa to do the following:

a) Accredit or monitor organisations falling within its scope of activity for GLP-compliance purposes.

b) Promote accreditation as a means of facilitating international trade and enhancing the Republic’s economic

performance and transformation.

c) Promote the competence and equivalence of accredited bodies.

d) Promote the competence and equivalence of GLP-compliant facilities.

In order to achieve its mandate, the Act empowers SANAS to perform the following functions:

a) Promote the organisation as the sole national accreditation body in its scope of activity.

b) Encourage and promote the accreditation of calibration, testing and verification laboratories, certification bodies,

inspection bodies, rating agencies and any other type of body that may be added to its scope of activity.

c) Encourage and promote GLP compliance with the principles adopted by the Organisation for Economic

Cooperation and Development (OECD) for GLP facilities.

d) Promote the acceptance of its activities and those of all bodies accredited by SANAS or its international counterparts.

e) Promote the recognition of accredited bodies by users of conformity assessments.

f) Liaise with regional and international standard bodies and with technical regulatory and metrology organisations

in respect of any matter related to accreditation.

g) Liaise with national regulators in respect of any matter related to accreditation.

h) Promote the use of accredited bodies to facilitate trade.

i) Advise national, regional and international organisations on the conditions for accreditation and on other issues

related to accreditation.

j) Establish and maintain a register of all accredited organisations in South Africa.

k) Initiate, negotiate, conclude and maintain multilateral recognition arrangements.

l) Support government in activities on multilateral recognition arrangements.

m) Obtain and maintain membership of national or international organisations that may assist SANAS in achieving its

objects and actively participating in such organisations.

n) Participate in formulating international and regional guidelines and standards to facilitate the accreditation process.

o) Formulate and implement national guidelines and standards to facilitate the accreditation process.

p) Promote recognition and protect the use of the SANAS logo nationally and internationally.

q) Promote and protect regional and international arrangement logos, such as those of the International Laboratory

Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

r) Establish appropriate technical committees.

s) Investigate methods of facilitating trade through accreditation.