What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is the procedure by which an authorized body assesses the competence of a conformity assessment body to perform specific tasks such as testing, calibration, certification and inspection.
Competence is key to ensuring the transaparicity, reliability and efficiency of the services
provided by Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies.

Benefits from accreditation

- For regulators
- Technical competence;
- independence, impartiality and integrity;
- risk management;
- proper use of equipment and human resources;  Accreditation Benefits for CABs - Better visibility in the market; - Enables reports and certifications to be more acceptable in overseas markets via international recognition of EA MLA

How can we accredit?

1- Request for Recognition of Procedure 2- Application for accreditation
3- Pre-evaluation
4- Evaluation Visit
5- Evaluation Report 6- Review of the whole process
7- Decision
8- Supervision of accreditation
9 - Renewal of accreditation
10- Complaints and Appeals

Services of the General Directorate of Accreditation

“Conformity Assessment Body” means any body that carries out conformity assessment activities, including calibration, testing, certification and inspection. The General Directorate of Accreditation is the only national body that carries out the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies
To assist the CABs with contemporary technical information, please refer to the link:


This site provides access to all publications compiled by EA. EA-approved international documents are linked to relevant ILAC or IAF sites.

In this section you will be familiar with the procedural documents of EA members.

Procedures, Application Application Documents, etc. for accredited bodies for the purpose of ensuring compliance with accreditation practice for all EA-MLA signatories when accredited according to harmonized international standards and technical specifications. The documents are either: Obligative (M) or Guidance (G) or Informative (INF).



ILAC P15:05/2020 Application of ISO/IEC 17020:2012 for the Accreditation of Inspection Bodies has been published and is available from https://ilac.org/publications-and-resources/ilac-policy-series/

This revision of ILAC P15 includes updates as a result of the outcome of the ILAC Inspection Committee workshops, ISO CASCO clarification requests and the experience gained in the application of the previous version of ILAC P15 and ISO/IEC 17020:2012. The implementation date for ILAC P15:05/2020 is 18 months from the date of publication on the ILAC website (ie November 2021). The examples of the application of ISO/IEC 17020 removed from the previous version of ILAC P15 as a result of this revision are now available from the IC FAQs: https://ilac.org/about-ilac/faqs/



As a result of the recent ILAC ballot the transition period for ISO/IEC 17025:2017 adopted as part of the ILAC Resolution GA 20.15 (November 2016) has been extended from 30 November 2020 to 1 June 2021.

This extension has been granted to ensure all accreditation bodies and the accredited laboratories are able to achieve the remaining transitions in a robust manner under the restrictions imposed as a result of the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

At the end of the transition period, the accreditation of a laboratory to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 will not be recognised under the ILAC Arrangement.

The ISO/ILAC ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Transition Communique available from https://ilac.org/about-ilac/partnerships/international-partners/iso/ has been updated to reflect this extension to the transition period.