What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is the third-party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks. Laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies are common types of conformity assessment bodies.
Accreditation in Hong Kong
Accreditation is open and voluntary in Hong Kong. It is currently provided by Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) under Innovation and Technology Commission in Hong Kong. HKAS operates three accreditation schemes:
- the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS);
- the Hong Kong Certification Body Accreditation Scheme (HKCAS); and
- the Hong Kong Inspection Body Accreditation Scheme (HKIAS).
For details, please visit HKAS's website.
Accredited laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies need to undergo rigorous on-site assessments before they are recognised to be competent in performing the conformity assessment activities listed in their respective scopes of accreditation. Users of conformity assessment services may identify and select the services provided by accredited bodies to support their business.
To find the list of accredited establishments under HOKLAS, HKCAS and HKIAS, please visit HKAS's website.Back