Southern African Development Community Accreditation

The Regional Accreditation Structure of SQAM
(Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology)




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SADCA Functions

  • Assist in the implementation of effective collaboration between Member States having established national accreditation bodies and those that do not have such bodies yet.
  • Establishment of suitable regional accreditation procedures and systems in each individual area of SQAM, in close cooperation with the other structures established in terms of the SADC SQAM Programme and with any additional regional and national stakeholders concerned with these issues.
  • Facilitation of access to current databases of national accreditation organisations in respect of accredited organisations.
  • Coordination of inputs to and liaison with international and regional organisations concerned with accreditation, such as the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
  • Creation of an environment for and drafting of eventual Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) between qualifying institutions in SADC member countries within the framework of and consistent with global MRAs being prepared by various international organisations in these fields.