Accreditation body and Regional Accreditation Group members of GAAS are admitted to the GAAS MRA only after a most stringent evaluation of their operations by a peer evaluation team which is charged to ensure that the applicant member complies fully with both the international standards and GAAS requirements. Once an accreditation body is a signatory of the GAAS MRA it is required to recognise the certificates issued by conformity assessment bodies accredited by all other signatories of the GAAS MRA, with the appropriate scope.
The GAAS MRA consists of a five level arrangement, with levels two and three constituting the Main scope and levels 4 and 5 constituting the Sub-scope. More information on the structure of the MRA can be found under GAAS PR 4: Structure of the GAAS MRA and Endorsed Normative Documents in Procedures Documents (PR Series).
The GAAS MRA relies heavily on the MRAs of Recognised Regional Accreditation Groups such as the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and the American Standards Accreditation (ASA), as it is these groups that perform the majority of the peer evaluation activity, not the IAF.
To gain confidence in the work of the Recognised Regional Accreditation Groups, the GAAS evaluates and accepts the process and outcomes of their MRAs for main scopes such as ISO/IEC 17021-1 (Management Systems) and ISO/IEC 17065 (Product) and related sub-scopes.
Recognised Regional Accreditation Groups are evaluated every four years by the IAF. Membership of the GAAS MRA is recognised as being satisfied by membership of any of the Recognised Regional Accreditation Groups’ MRAs, within the recognised sub-scopes.
GAAS is encouraging more of its accreditation body and Regional Accreditation Group members to join the MRA as soon as they have passed a rigorous evaluation process to ensure that their accreditation programs are of world standard. The consequence of joining the GAAS MRA is that conformity assessment certificates issued within the sub-scopes of the GAAS MRA by conformity assessment bodies accredited by an accreditation body GAAS MRA signatory will be recognised in the worldwide GAAS program.
Contact details of the accreditation bodies and Recognised Regional Accreditation Groups which are signatories to the MRA are listed on the GAAS Members pages. Those members which are signatories are denoted by “Date Admitted to the MRA”.