The signatory status of an Accreditation Body is gained by means of a rigorous peer evaluation undertaken by other Accreditation Bodies.
The international system of accreditation and conformity assessment has adopted the peer evaluation system as the most suitable way of ensuring competence, procedural rigour and uniformity amongst Accreditation Bodies worldwide.
The accreditation mark of a signatory body placed on testing or inspection reports, on certificates of conformity and calibration, acts as a kind of passport for international markets. An accreditation mark on a product, service or for a professional person allows movement to take place without the need for any other types of control.
The mutual recognition of the results of conformity assessments issued by bodies which are signatory to the agreements therefore has the aim of enhancing and promoting international commerce.
For all its accreditation activities Accredia is a signatory member of the:
The IAF MLA Agreements, in addition to the main accredited activities (main scopes), also cover the accreditation sub-scopes, which can be verified on IAF website.