What is accreditation?
Accreditation is defined as the procedure by which an authoritative body gives formal recognition that a body or person is competent to carry out specific tasks. The key words in the process of accreditation are “authoritative”, “formal recognition” and “competent”.
MAURITAS is the sole national authority in Mauritius for granting accreditation to conformity assessment bodies involved in calibration, testing, inspection and certification. Such bodies may be engaged in conformity assessment for the benefit of Government, business and consumers at large either in the voluntary or regulatory sector. MAURITAS fulfils this function by assessing conformity assessment bodies to determine whether they are technically competent. Thus, through accreditation MAURITAS builds and maintains confidence for the benefit of all interested parties.
At the international level, the purpose of Accreditation is to remove technical barriers to trade by ensuring that the results of conformity assessment are accepted and recognised among trading partners. Accreditation also improves the quality and reliability of services provided to local users of conformity assessment bodies and is thus important at the national level in the health, safety and environment of the society.
Is MAURITAS accreditation recognised internationally?
In order to be able to grant accreditation, MAURITAS must itself comply with the international standards ISO/IEC 17011 for laboratory accreditation and for certification body accreditation.
The conformity assessment bodies for their part must also comply with international standards ISO/IEC 17025 (laboratory) and ISO/IEC Guide 62 and 66 (certification body) in order to get accredited.
By working with international standards, MAURITAS ensures that the conformity assessment bodies are assessed against criteria that is used world-wide
What is the difference between Accreditation and Certification?
Certification is proof of compliance of the system or product with relevant standards, whereas Accreditation is proof of competence of the organisation and its personnel to perform specified tasks.
What is the difference between the functions of MAURITAS and those of the Mauritius Standards Bureau?
The Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB) is the national standards body involved in the development of Mauritian Standards. It operates a number of testing and calibration laboratories and is involved in the certification of systems and products
MAURITAS is the sole national authority for granting accreditation to certification bodies operating Quality Management System (QMS), Environmental Management System, product certification and accreditation of laboratories.