SAF operates in accordance with the requirements, criteria, rules and regulations laid down in the following documents:
The requirements of the international standard ISO/IEC 17011, General requirements for bodies providing assessments and accreditation of conformity assessment bodies
The requirements and other benchmarks as stipulated in the Publicly Available Documents (PAD) published by various international bodies and SAF.
Legally established objects as per Memorandum & Articles of Association with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
The Board of Director has overall authority and responsibilities for policies and procedures for the operations of SAF. The Board delegates to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SAF the responsibility to implement the SAF policies and procedures. Accreditation Approval Committees make decisions concerning the granting and continuation of accreditation. An independent Impartiality Committee representing the broad range of stakeholders reviews and adjudicates on possible conflicts of interest. The authority vested is SAF is that assigned to them by the Conformity Assessment Bodies and other Organization it accredits and recognizes by virtue of these applicant and accredited bodies pledging support for the mission and objectives of SAF and ensuring that their actions are according to that policy. It is an independent, impartial and non-governmental body and makes no claim to be connected with any government. The SAF started operating from September 2010.