International Standards Accreditation Council (ISAC) is a nonprofit organization to enhance the competitiveness of industries and service organization. The award of ISAC accreditation to a certification body places on record that it has been assessed for full conformance and demonstrable best practice.
ISO 17011
The accreditation management system of ISAC is as per ISO/IEC 17011:2004. General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformance assessment bodies.
The authority vested is ISAC is that assigned to them by the Conformity Assessment Bodies and other Organization it accredits and recognizes by virtue of these applicant and accredited bodies pledging support for the mission and objectives of ISAC and ensuring that their actions are according to that policy. It is an independent, impartial and non-governmental body and makes no claim to be connected with any government.
Excerpt from the ISO website
"In most countries, accreditation is a choice, not an obligation and the fact that a certification body is not accredited does not, by itself, mean that it is not a reputable organization. For example, a certification body operating nationally in a highly specific sector might enjoy such a good reputation that it does feel there is any advantage for it to go to the expense of being accredited. That said, many certification bodies choose to seek accreditation, even when it is not compulsory, in order to demonstrate an independent confirmation of their competence."
Excerpt from the Competition Appellate Tribunal

"This means that the accreditation activities accreditation bodies are not required to be covered under any system of law and are therefore free to grant certificates of accreditation to the players in India. This also means that accreditation body do not require any permission, sanction or approval of any ministry / government department / agency to operate as an accreditation body."

“any-body would have an authority to act as the accrediting body provided such body has the necessary infrastructure”.


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