Accredia was appointed by the Italian government to attest the competence, independence and impartiality of Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) which verify the conformity to the standards of goods and services.
All European countries have an accreditation body which operates in line with the requirements of Regulation EC 765/2008 and with the international standard ISO/IEC 17011.
Accreditation attests the competence, independence and impartiality of certification, inspection, verification bodies, and testing and calibration laboratories; accreditation ensures their suitability to assess the conformity of goods and services to the rules set down by the voluntary and obligatory standards.
Accredia is a recognized association operating on a non-profit basis under the vigilance of the Ministry of Economic Development which is the national reference authority for accreditation.
Accredia has three departments – Certification and Inspection, Testing Laboratories, and Calibration Laboratories, and it carries out constant and thorough surveillance of all accredited CABs.
The accreditation body is an impartial authority working for the interests of the public to ensure that the services provided by CABs are trustworthy.
As an independent third party, Accredia makes sure that accredited CABs observe the standards and that the declarations of conformity they issue constitute a guarantee, protecting the environment and the health and safety of citizens.
The use by institutions, businesses and consumers of accredited conformity assessment services strengthens trust in the quality and safety of the goods and services available on the market.
From the official Accredia website
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