Importance and scope
Trusting the quality of products and services plays a prominent role in our daily lives, whether it concerns a drinking water company that supplies our drinking water, a lift inspector who checks the safety of a lift, a doctor who arranges for our blood to be tested or a local authority that issues planning permission: the question about whether the requirements are being met is relevant in all cases.
Accreditation ensures that our trust in products and services is justified. That is extremely important, especially when it concerns products and services that involve safety, health and environmental risks such as pressure vessels, pleasure craft, asbestos, soil sampling and building products. It is for a good reason that the law stipulates that in some of tese areas these assessments have to be performed by accredited bodies. However, organisations are increasingly choosing to accredit other assessment activities they undertake as well, for example in the field of sustainability and working conditions. Consequently, this continuously extends the scope of our work.
The spheres of work in which the RvA can grant accreditation, are laid down in the RvA-BR010 Policy rule of RvA spheres of work.