Accreditation is a third-party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out the tasks of conformity assessment. Accreditation evaluates Conformity Assessment bodies independently, against relevant recognized standards
The Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) is the national accreditation authority for Sri Lanka established under Act No. 32 of 2005. The Board functions as an autonomous body under the purview of the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology & Innovation. SLAB is recognized by the government to assess organizations against International and National standards that provide Testing, Medical/Clinical Testing, Calibration, Inspection, Certification, GHG Validation/Verification bodies, Proficiency Testing Providers and Good Laboratory Practice.
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SLAB is not a regulator. It does not have any legal or regulatory enforcement powers. SLAB carry out its activities voluntarily but SLAB does, however, have an “oversight” functions and works to ensure that those organizations’ it accredits meet the applicable international accreditation standards.
Having SLAB accreditation does not in any way change the contractual responsibilities among an accredited Conformity Assessment Body (CAB)and its client. While the holding of SLAB accreditation is an indication of the integrity and competence of a CAB, it does not constitute an undertaking by SLAB that the CAB will maintain a performance. The details of SLAB obligations on use of SLAB logo describe in POLICY ON GOVERNING THE USE OF ACCREDITATION SYMBOLS
SLAB accredited testing, medical/clinical testing & calibration, inspection, system certification, product certification, bodies certifying personnel, GHG Validation and Verification Bodies, Proficiency Testing providers, and scheme for Good Laboratory Practices reduces the need for suppliers to be assessed by each of their customers. SLAB involvement in international groups, such as the APAC, IAF, and ILAC provides for mutual recognition. This reduces the need for multiple assessments of suppliers and as a consequence helps to reduce barriers to trade.
Accreditation, with its many potential benefits for the quality of goods and in the provision of services throughout the supply chain, underpins practical applications of an increasingly wide range of activities across all sectors of the economy, products such as Tea, Spices, fisheries, construction, garment and services like banking, communication, and health.
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Accreditation: Accreditation is the formal recognition by an ‘accreditation authority’ to the technical and organizational competence of a conformity assessment body, to carry out a ‘specific service’ in accordance with the standards and technical regulations, as described in their ‘scope of accreditation’. It provides a means to identify a proven, competent evaluator so that the selection of a laboratory, inspection, or certification body is an informed choice.
Certification: Certification is the procedure by which a third party gives written assurance that a product, process, system, or person conforms to specified requirements.
SLAB offers accreditation in the areas of Testing, Medical/Clinical & Calibration Laboratories, Management system certification based on ISO 9001 (QMS), ISO 14001 (EMS), ISO 22000 (FSMS/FSCC), ISO 50001 (EnMS), ISO 45001 (OH&S) and Product Certification, Inspection Bodies, GHG Validation/Verification Bodies, Bodies certifying personnel, Proficiency Testing Providers and Good Laboratory Practice.
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SLAB is a Full Member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and is a signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) of ILAC. SLAB gained full membership and signatory status in the ILAC MRA for testing including calibration, medical testing and inspection.
SLAB is a Full Member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and is a signatory to Multilateral Arrangement (MLA) for System Certification (QMS, EMS, FSMS) , Product Certification & GHG Validation and Verification bodies.
It depends on the efficiency of both parties, SLAB, and CAB. If SLAB has all necessary resources and CAB has a well-implemented system, as per the minimum time frame given by the SLAB, it will take 06 months. Some CABs may do it faster than the estimated time.
You have to fulfil minimum qualification requirement and experience and follow Assessor training course on relevant accreditation scheme. .. Link to training plan .. assessor training
It will depend on the applied number of schemes, the number of fields, and the number of tests. SLAB has developed Fee Structures for each scheme. link to fee structures
You can download the application from the website.
All accredited CABs certificates and scopes of accreditation are published in the web site.
Yes. The laboratory has to participate in the EQA program to cover the scope within the accreditation cycle (3-year cycle). Please refer to SLAB Policy on participation in external quality assurance activities.
You can purchase all standards from Sri Lanka Standard Institution.
All accredited CABs certificates are published on the website. The validity period is given in the certificate.
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