The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is the only national body responsible for carrying out accreditations in respect of conformity assessment, as mandated through the Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act (Act 19 of 2006). This includes the accreditation of:
a) Calibration laboratories;
b) Proficiency testing service providers;
c) Producers of certified reference materials;
d) Testing laboratories, which includes Medical, Veterinary, Forensic, Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Microbiological, Physical and Mechanical laboratories;
e) Blood transfusion services;
f) Verification laboratories;
g) Inspection bodies;
h) Certification bodies;
i) BBBEE rating agencies; and
j) Any other type of body that may be added to SANAS’ scope of activity.
SANAS is also recognized as the national body to monitor GLP / GCP compliance with the principles adopted by the OECD for GLP facilities or the VICH principles of GCP.
Accreditation means third-party attestation related to conformity assessment bodies conveying formal demonstration of their competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks.