The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) is the national body with responsibility for the accreditation of laboratories, certification bodies and inspection bodies. It provides accreditation in accordance with the relevant International Organisation for Standardisation ISO 17000 series of standards and guides.
It is the statutory body responsible for Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and is the competent body for EMAS (European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).
INAB was established in 1985 and is a Committee of the Health and Safety Authority under the Industrial Development (Dissolution of Forfas) Act 2014.
In January 2010, the European Commission was notified by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (now the DJEI) that INAB is the sole accreditation body for Ireland in line with regulation EC/765/2008.
INAB has identified and analysed its relationship with related bodies within Government for its ranges of activities and within its present structure and concludes that no potential conflict of interest exists.
INAB’s Functions Include:
- Accreditation of Testing and Calibration Laboratories ISO 17025, ISO 15189
- Accreditation of Certification Bodies IS0 17021, IS0 17024, ISO 17065
- Accreditation of Greenhouse Gas Verifiers ISO 14065
- Accreditation of Inspection Bodies ISO 17020
- Accreditation of Reference Material Producers ISO Guide 34
- Accreditation of EMAS Verifiers and National Competent Body for registration of EMAS organisations under the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) – Council Regulation
- National Compliance Monitoring Authority for Good Laboratory Practice SI 1991 No 4 implementing EC Directive 88/320/EEC (GLP)
- Accreditation for the purposes of notification to European Product Directives.