Accreditation is made to guarantee the European conformity assessment system. Its designed to ensure that conformity assessment bodies have the technical capacities to perform their duties. Used in regulated sectors and voluntary areas, accreditation is used to increase trust in conformity assessment. It reinforces the mutual recognition of products, services, systems and bodies across the EU.
The accreditation of conformity assessment bodies is regulated at the European level by the Regulation (EC) 765/2008 and in Malta by the LN 427.45. The designated national accreditation body in Malta is the accreditation directorate within the Malta Standards Authority
What is a Conformity Assessment Body?
A conformity assessment body is a third party body, e.g. a laboratory or an inspection body, that is used to make the relevant tests and checks to ensure that one product fulfills the relevant requirements , e.g. the health and safety requirements, that a product needs.
What is a Notified Body?
A Notified Body is a Conformity Assessment Body designated by an EU country to assess the conformity of certain products, when in the relevant legislation a third party is required.