National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is a Society registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860 and is an autonomous body under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology.
NABL has been established with the objective to provide Government, Industry Associations and Industry in general with a scheme for third-party assessment of the quality and technical competence of Conformity Assessment Bodies (Testing including Medical, Calibration Laboratories, Proficiency Testing Providers and Reference Material Producers).
The laboratory accreditation services to testing and calibration laboratories are provided in accordance with ISO/ IEC 17025 ‘General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories’ and ISO 15189 ‘Medical laboratories - Requirements for Quality and Competence’ The accreditation to Proficiency testing providers are based on ISO/IEC 17043 “Conformity Assessment - General Requirements for Proficiency Testing” and to Reference Material Producers based on ISO Guide 34 ”General Requirements for the Competence of Reference Material Producers.”
These services are offered in a non-discriminatory manner and are accessible to all Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) in India and abroad, regardless of their ownership, legal status, size and degree of independence.
NABL has established its Accreditation System in accordance with ISO/IEC 17011 “Conformity Assessment – General requirement for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies”, which is followed internationally.
NABL maintains linkages with the international bodies like International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC) and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (APLAC). NABL is signatory to ILAC as well as APLAC Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) for accreditation of Testing including Medical and Calibration laboratories, which is based on mutual evaluation and acceptance of other MRA Partner accreditation systems. Such international arrangements facilitate acceptance of test/ calibration results between countries which MRA partners represent.
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