Standards, accreditation and conformity assessment are market-based instruments that can be used by representatives of governmental structures to ensure better regulation, environmental protection, public security, fraud prevention, fair markets and public confidence. These tools are not as widely known and understood. However, there are many examples around the world where the public sector is using an accredited conformity assessment as a means of achieving public interest objectives.
Thus, this information demonstrates a basic understanding for regulators and public sector officials, why and how these tools could be applied in areas with the help of case studies that demonstrate how to:
· Government can help improve business efficiency by encouraging the use of conformity assessment;
· The government can count on the accreditation bodies in order to minimize risks and facilitate trade;
· Accredited conformity assessment can help governments enforce their policies;
· The private sector uses accredited to provide confidence in the market;
· Accredited Conformity Assessment helps regulators in the work;
· Leaders can improve its own performance through the use of conformity assessment in its structural divisions.
Demonstrating policy that uses conformity assessment, such as economic development, public sector, healthcare and environmental protection, the goal is to provide a vision of what an accredited conformity assessment may serve as a tool to support the public interest.
For more information, a full range of case studies, independent research projects and related information can be obtained on the Internet at www.publicsectorassurance.org website, which was specially designed to provide public sector organizations a more complete understanding of the benefits of the accredited conformity assessment services.
What is the relationship between standards and accreditation?
Standards - is a consistent way to do something; They are documents that capture current practices through a robust and transparent process involving all relevant stakeholders in the development process.
Accreditation determines the technical competence and integrity of organizations offering conformity assessment services such as testing, certification, inspection and calibration based on international standards. Accreditation can thus be used to test compliance with the standard. Accreditation is an impartial and objective process carried out by third parties; it offers the least duplicate, most transparent and generally accepted method of providing secure and reliable conformity assessment results.
Accreditation bodies established in most countries to ensure that conformity assessment bodies subject to control by the competent authority. Internationally recognized accreditation bodies that have passed peer review, sign international agreements that strengthen the recognition of products and services abroad, thus creating a global infrastructure processes approved by the competent authorities in the field of trade and trust in the market.
These agreements are regulated by the IAF, in areas covering accreditation of certification bodies and verification / validation enforcement, and the ILAC, in the field of accreditation of laboratories and inspection bodies. This system helps to carry out the agreed work accreditation bodies around the world and supports all international standards for accreditation bodies. As a result, products and services have passed the test, inspection and certification once under the auspices of the ILAC and IAF, can be taken everywhere with equal confidence.
Serik Sholpankulovich Kurmangaliyev
Director General of NCA