Why is Accreditation so important?
The single European market allows the free movement of goods, services and personnel within the European Union. This free trade presupposes confidence in the product or service being offered and can only be effective upon elimination of technical barriers to trade. Member States of the EU have established a network of national accreditation bodies, which ensures that the competence of all laboratories, inspection and certification bodies are assessed to the same principles.
The European Commission recognises accreditation as the preferred mechanism for the elimination of technical barriers to trade and has stated that “Accreditation is essential for the correct operation of a transparent and quality-oriented market.” Accreditation can provide competitive advantage and facilitate access to export markets, in addition to acting as a catalyst to raise standards and institute improved work practices.
Accreditation is often required to demonstrate conformance with the requirements of laws, official regulations and EU Directives.