As the product variety increases, “consumer protection” became a must. In order to do this, testing protocols, controls over production and service inspection are developed and systems are certificated. The next step is the trustworthiness of the institutions which gives those certificates and follows the quality systems, from this controlling process depends on “Accredited Councils”.
The base of accreditation is internationally accepted standards. Institutions which give the certifications follow those criteria and accredited councils control those.
To sum up the accreditation, it shows if a products or service is suitable for the market and audit frequently the certifications given by the institutions.
Is it obligatory to be accredited if a firm has certificates of calibration or testing laboratory etc.?
No, Its not obligatory in terms of accreditation, its only voluntary. Usually, economy, institutions push companies to get accredited, its not a must. Companies get accredited to gain reputation.
If a firm believes that they can continue its business without getting accredited, it can be. Nevertheless, customers and market creates a need to get accredited to be one step further from the competitors. Sometimes this differs sector by sector for example it is a must in food sector. That’s the reason accrediting became a powerful tool and creates difference.
What are the advantages of being accredited even its not an obligatory?
Laboratory accreditation is a prestigious indicator of being trustworthy in terms of having technical sufficiency both nationally and internationally. This offers; trustworthy methods, analyzing reports, calibration services and officially known laboratory significance.
To get accredited, the procedures are done by international standards, so it makes a company’s lab approved by international standards with a common approach. Through this method; the test results from the accredited labs are accepted internationally. This situation, decreases unnecessary tests, slow business, additional test and analyzing expenses and the risks from those.