The Scotland Accreditation Forum Ltd (SAFL) is the national body with responsibility for accreditation in accordance with the relevant International Organisation for Standardisation ISO 9000 series of standards and guides.
SAFL's co-operation with other accreditation bodies in Europe and globally through Multilateral Agreements (MLAs) means that certificates issued by SAFL accredited organisations are recognised internationally. Accreditation by SAFL provides organisations and their customers with confidence in the product or service being offered.
Accreditation is a process in which certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented.
The Benefits of Accreditation
Confidence in the market place and in our public services is essential. Trust is placed in the products and services on offer often without a second thought by the customer, such are the regulations and standards against which products are manufactured and services provided.
There are many duties placed on government departments, local authorities and other agencies to ensure that trust is maintained. Whether it be health, water quality, food, consumer goods or transport safety, for example, the public sector provides the framework for the assurance that goods and services are safe and the environment we live in is clean and secure.
Accreditation by SAF can also limit the need for government to regulate industry and the professions. It provides an alternative means of ensuring the reliability of activities that have the potential to impact on public confidence or the national reputation. SAF, where requested, assesses organisations and recommends to government their appointment as Notified Bodies as required by EU Directives and Regulations.
Companies big and small buy independent evaluations either through choice (to reduce the risk of product failure for example) or as a consequence of legal requirements (such as health and safety regulations). Most commonly these evaluations are calibration of equipment, product testing, inspection of equipment and certification of quality management systems.