Pennsylvania Accreditation Centre
Pennsylvania Accreditation Centre

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About ​Accreditation & Conformity Assessment

International Organization for Standardization
International Standards
Conformity Assessment
Accreditation
Benefits of Accreditation
International Organization for Standardization

International Organization for Standardization

ISO is a global network that recognizes which international standard will be required by business, society, government, develops them and adopts them by the use of transparent procedure in order to be implemented worldwide. It is a federation of national standard bodies amongst various countries, one per country.
International Standards

International Standards

According to ISO/IEC Guide 2:2004 Standardization and related activities - General vocabulary, standard is a document established by consensus and approved by a recognized body that provides for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context.

Standards help to make life simpler and to increase the reliability and the effectiveness of many goods and services we use;

Standards are created by bringing together the experience and expertise of all interested parties such as the producers, sellers, buyers, users and regulators of a particular material, product, process or service;
Standards are designed for voluntary use and do not impose any regulations. However, laws and regulations may refer to certain standards and make compliance with them compulsory;

"Voluntary Standards" become mandatory only when they are incorporated into contracts; or they are referenced or adopted by government agencies as part of a regulation to protect public health, safety, and the environment;

The difference between a standard and a technical regulation lies in compliance. While conformity with standards is voluntary, technical regulations are by nature mandatory.

Conformity Assessment

Conformity Assesment

The process of demonstrating the essential features about a product or services which meet the requirement of standards, regulations and other specification is called conformity assessment. A variety of PROCESSES involved in verifying that goods/services meet acceptable voluntary or mandatory standards such as Testing , Surveillance, Inspection, Assessment, Auditing, Certification and Registration.


Objectives of Conformity Assessment are to:
  • Ensure the conformance of products/services with relevant standards (ISO, IEC/BIS etc);
  • Encourage international trade (tries to check trade malpractices);
  • Prevent sale of substandard/unsafe product;
  • Prevent importation of substandard products;
  • Save lives and property;
  • Prevent pollution of air and water;
  • Conserve hard-earned foreign exchange.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) states that "ISO itself has no authority to control conformity assessment activities, whether these are business activities by its members or by other organizations". Further, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) states that private sector organizations may perform conformity assessment services as a commercial activity or regulatory bodies under a mandate may perform these services when ISO standards have been incorporated into public legislation, the aim of which is to create confidence among suppliers and their clients.
Accreditation

Accreditation

  • Webster defines accreditation as to give trust or confidence to: to vouch for; to recommend; to furnish with credentials, as an envoy or ambassador.
  • According to ISO/IEC 17011:2017 Accreditation means: Third-party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific assessment tasks.
  • It is a formal recognition by an independent body, generally known as an accreditation body, certifies Conformity Assessment Body to be capable and competent. Accreditation is not obligatory but it adds another level of confidence, as accredited means the Conformity Assessment Body has been independently checked to make sure it operates according to international standards.
  • As per International Organization For Standardization (ISO) Accreditation is not compulsory, and non-accreditation does not necessarily mean it is not reputable, but it does provide independent confirmation of competence.
  • PAC accreditation of the Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) conveys formal demonstration to carry out specific certification, inspection, registration verification/validation, assessment, testing and calibration. This independent assessment and recognition of Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) may allow the accredited organizations tests, inspection reports and certificates to be recognized as equivalent to organizations in other countries.
Benefits of Accreditation

Benefits of Accreditation

  •  Accreditation is a trade support tool for recognition of a level of organizational competence as per the requirements of internationally agreed standards and other benchmarks that is comparable to other conformity assessment bodies accredited by the same accrediting body.
  • Accreditation of a conformity assessment body signifies that its systems and processes are under regular oversight to be competent, effective, efficient, accountable, improvement oriented and has adequate resources while providing services.
  • Accredited service quality implies meeting or exceeding the international standards.

PAC Accreditat​ion Schemes

Management System Certification Bodies
Inspection Bodies
Testing & Calibration Laboratories
Product Certification Bodies
Person Certification Bodies
Medical Laboratories
Proficiency Testing Providers
Management System Certification Bodies

​Management System Certification Bodies

  • Demonstrates compliance with ISO/IEC 17021
  • Provides the credentials that ensure certification marks will have acceptance in the marketplace and by governmental agencies that regulate service or product acceptance
  • PAC accreditation is accepted by regulators and the marketplace
  • Assurance of competence and best practices
  • Reduce duplication of audits by other third-party providers
Apply Management Certification Body Accreditation
Guide & criteria of management system CB

PAC Accreditation Scheme for the Management Systems Certification Bodies Programmes

Inspection Bodies

​Inspection Bodies

"ISO/IEC 17020:2012 - General Criteria for the Operation of Various Types of Bodies Performing Inspection" is an internationally recognized standard for the competence of the inspection bodies. Many people confuse ISO 17020 with ISO 9001, which is a generic quality management system. ISO 17020 requires evaluation of the technical competence of an inspection body.

Apply Inspection Body Accreditation

PAC Accreditation requires that Inspection Bodies must conform to the most recent version of the following standards:

  •  ISO/IEC 17020:2012 - General Criteria for the Operation of Various Types of Bodies Performing Inspection;
  • Demonstrated Technical Competence specific to the field in which inspection is done;
  • The PAC Accreditation Scheme Manual.
Testing & Calibration Laboratories

​Testing & Calibration Laboratories

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard is mainly used by testing and calibration laboratories. Initially known as ISO/IEC Guide 25. There are many commonalities with the ISO 9000 standard, but ISO/IEC 17025 adds in the competence requirements and it applies directly to those organizations that produce testing results/certificates.
Apply Testing & Calibration Accreditation
Guide & criteria of testing & calibration labs

Available For Classifications

Acoustic Measurement, Ballistic Measurement, Fire Testing , Dimension Measurement, Testing Of Electronic Equipment/Product, Testing Of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) , Chemical Material(S) Testing, Geology, Testing Of Personal Safety & Protection Equipments, Non Destructive Testing (NDT) Information Technology (IT), Chemical Testing, Corrosion Testing, Physical Material (S) Testing, Metallurgical Testing, Microbiological Testing, Examination Of The Environments Influence On Products & Equipments, Behavior, Sensory Analysis, Security, Taxonomy, Ionizing Radiations & Radio Activity, Molecular Biology , Biology, Genetic Modified Organisms (GMO), Veterinary Medicine, Bio-Banks And Forensic Examinations
  • ISO/IEC 17025:2017 - General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.
  • Demonstrated Technical Competence specific to the field in which Testing is performed.
  • Relevant PAC Accreditation Requirements.
Product Certification Bodies

​Product Certification Bodies

ISO/IEC 17065:2012 Conformity Assessment-requirements for bodies certifying products, process & services (or EN 45011 as it is known in its European version) is for those certification bodies that require demonstrating their competence to certain regulatory authorities. /IEC 17065:2012 accreditation is to be performed against a reference standard or standards. The reference standard may be the production and processing standards of a national regulation (often a national standard) but may also be your own or another organization's private standard.

Apply Product Certification Body Accreditation

Product Certification Bodies must conform to the most recent version of the following standards

  •  ISO/IEC 17065:2012 Conformity Assessment - requirements for bodies certifying products, process & services
  •  Demonstrated Technical Competence specific to the field in which product certification is done.
  •  Relevant PAC Accreditation Requirements.
Person Certification Bodies

​Person Certification Bodies

ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. This standard provides a benchmark for certification bodies offering certification of individuals applicable to any occupation.

  • ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons.
  • Relevant PAC Accreditation Requirements.
Apply Person Certification Body Accreditation
Medical Laboratories

​Medical Laboratories

ISO 15189:2012 which defines particular requirements for the quality and competence of medical laboratories. It may be noted that the medical laboratories accredited to ISO 15189:2012 (a sector-specific technical competence and management system standard) are recognized as meeting the management system principles of ISO 9001:2008. Medical laboratories services are essential to patient care and include arrangements for requisition, patient preparation, patient identification, collection of samples, transportation, storage, processing and examination of clinical samples, together with subsequent validation, interpretation, reporting and advice, in additions to the considerations of safety and ethics in the laboratory.

Apply Medical Laboratories Accreditation

PAC Accreditation Is Available Primarily For The Following Classifications

Pathology, Chemistry , Cytogenetics, Hematology, Histocompatibility, Immunology, Microbiology, Point of Care Testing, Immunohaematology and Imaging.

PAC Accreditation must conform to the most recent version of the following standards

  •  ISO 15189:2012 - Medical laboratories - Particular requirements for quality and competence.
  •  Demonstrated Technical Competence specific to the field in which Testing is performed.
  •  Relevant PAC Accreditation Requirements.
Proficiency Testing Providers

​Proficiency Testing Providers

ISO/IEC 17043 Standard is mainly used for Proficiency Testing.ISO/IEC 17043 is used for inter-Laboratory comparison of Determining the Performance of individual laboratories for specific tests. The primary objective of Proficiency testing is to provide the Laboratories with an information and support to demonstrate and improve the quality of their analytical measurement.

Apply Proficiency Testing Provider Accreditation

Accreditation requires that the Proficiency Testing Providers to the most recent version of the following standards

  •  ISO/IEC 17043:2010 - Guidelines for the requirements for the competence of providers of proficiency testing schemes.
  •  Demonstrated Technical Competence specific to the field in which Testing is performed.
  •  The PAC Accreditation Scheme Manual.

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​Accreditation Process & Time Frame

About Accreditation Process & Time Frame

The accreditation assessment process deployed by PAC shall accommodate the organizations of all sizes and carrying out wide range of activities. PAC accreditation services are accessible to all applicants whose requests for accreditation fall within the activities and the limitations as defined within PAC's polices and rules. Similarly, organizations accredited by PAC do not have any geographic restrictions and can offer their PAC accredited services internationally.

How to Apply for Accreditation

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PAC Accreditation Agreement (PAC-F-01)

Cost of Accreditation

Please refer Schedule of Fees under relevant Application Pack posted on the website www.pacofusa.com or get in touch with the PAC secretariat.
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