Accreditation

What is accreditation? Accreditation is a procedure by which an authoritative body provides formal recognition that a body or person is competent to carry out specific tasks. Accreditation and trade The international trade environment largely influences the need for accreditation of CABs as governments increase technical barriers to trade in...

Testing

Testing is the determination of the characteristics of a product against the requirements of an applicable standard, according to a recognised standard defining the test procedure and the conditions under which the test has to be done. Testing can be very diverse and varied and can range from non-destructive test...

Inspection and Certification

There is a very close relationship among inspection, sampling, testing and measuring. Inspection includes the examination of materials, products, components, assemblies, cargoes and consignments, usually for compliance with specified criteria. It includes visual examination and associated work, and may be more directly focused on products. Certification is a confirmation of...

Conformity Assessment

What is conformity assessment? In its simplest form, conformity assessment is determining (directly or indirectly) if a process, product, materials, services, systems or people meet the specifications of a relevant standard, such as a CARICOM Regional Standards. What is involved in conformity assessment? Conformity assessment can involve one or more...

Metrology

Metrology is the science of measurement and is divided into three fields: scientific or fundamental metrology; applied or industrial metrology; and legal metrology. Scientific Metrology Scientific (or Fundamental or General) metrology deals with the organisation and development of measurement standards (SI Units) and with their maintenance. There are different specialist...