Who are the Beneficiaries?
- The accredited bodies.
- The industrial organizations.
- The service organizations.
- The Egyptian products.
- The Egyptian exports.
- The Consumer.
- The national economy
- Application for accreditation.
- Document study by EGAC.
- Appointment of assessment team.
- Pre-assessment visit.
- Assessment visit and defining nonconformities, if any.
- Reviewing evidence of corrective actions.
- Granting accreditation.
- Annual surveillance visits.
The global trend is towards a free market with no economic trade barriers allowing for free movement of goods and interchange of services. Such a situation can only be consummated when technical barriers to trade are also eliminated. For this to occur the trading countries must have confidence in the quality and environmental systems, personal and product certification and inspection systems as well as the measurements and tests conducted by each other. The world trade organizations and the European union both have noted that the lack of acceptance of test results and certification are the most significant non-tariff barriers to trade. Accreditation of laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies, using common standards and practices is seen as the most effective way of defeating these barriers. To this end major trading countries have established independent and internationally credible accreditation bodies. At the apex of the world accreditation pyramid is the international laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), and the International Accreditation Forum ( IAF), both of which ( EGAC ) seeks to be a member. This objective is being accomplished through the establishment of world – wide network of national accreditation bodies, inspection bodies and laboratories (testing and calibration) are assessed on the same principles, regardless of where in the world they are located. These assessments are based on the HARMONIZED (ISO) standards.