World Accreditation Systems (WAS) is an Independent, International Accreditation Body (AB). It works to serve the global communities of businesses and consumers. WAS accredits appropriately qualified independent third party Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) such as Certification Bodies, Inspection Bodies, Testing & Calibration Laboratories and Medical Laboratories to ensure that their competence to carry out specific tasks is as per the International Standards & the Benchmarks. WAS Accreditation is voluntary in nature. WAS is a trading name for Accreditation Commission For Conformity Assessment Bodies Private Limited a company limited by shares.
WAS operates in accordance with the requirements, criteria, rules and regulations laid down in the following documents:
- The requirements of the international standard ISO/IEC 17011, General requirements for bodies providing assessments and accreditation of conformity assessment bodies.
- The requirements and other benchmarks as stipulated in the Publicly Available Documents (PAD) published by various international bodies and WAS.
- Legally established objectives as per Memorandum & Articles of Association with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
- The authority vested is WAS 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 WAS 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.