Accreditation Process





On-site Assessment ->

Accreditation Board ->

Scope of Accreditation ->

Surveillance and Reassessment​ ->​

This section provides a step-by-step guide through the key steps of the accreditation process.   


1. Application

Application forms, regulations, policies and technical guides can be downloaded from this website.   It is recommended to hold a meeting prior to the submission of the application form​.​ 
 

2. Document Review
The documents submitted by the applicant are assessed by the Team Leader and, where necessary, by the Technical Assessor/s. This desk audit helps to identify whether there is the need for further documentation or the need for a preliminary visit, to highlight any deficiencies in the system and to propose the final composition of the Assessment Team.
  
 
3.​ Preliminary Visit
The preliminary visit is particularly useful for the applicant as there will be better understanding of the accreditation process. It also helps the NAB-Malta in:
  • determining whether the applicant conformity assessment body appears to be sufficiently prepared for an initial assessment.
  • clarifying the scope of accreditation
  • preparing properly for the initial assessment including preparation of visit plan, determination of approximate duration of assessment and type of assessors required​
 
 
4. Assessment Team
The Assessment Team is selected according to the scope of accreditation as well as on the basis of the outcome of any preliminary visit. Collectively the team will have the competence to cover every aspect of the organisation’s operations.

All assessors pass a rigorous selection exercise and any external assessors sign a confidentiality agreement since it is vital that any information gained during any assessment activity is  kept confidential. 

 
 
5. On-site assessment
The result of the on-site and witness visit is a detailed report on the evaluation of the organisation highlighting any areas that require attention prior to the organisation being recommended for accreditation. 

 
6. Accreditation Board 
The Board is responsible for granting, withdrawing, suspending or reducing accreditation. This decision is based on a report which is compiled following the outcome of the on-site assessment. 

7. Scope of Accreditation

The scope of accreditation is a list of specific conformity assessment activities for which accreditation has been granted. Each scope carries a unique accreditation identification, together with the effective date of accreditation. This is publicly available from this website.

 
8. Accreditation Cycle 
Surveillance activities, including on-site visits, are carried out to ensure that the accredited conformity assessment body continues to conform to the requirements of accreditation on a permanent basis. The first surveillance visit is normally carried out 6 months after the decision on accreditation. The accredited conformity assessment body will have to undergo a full reassessment equivalent in detail to the original assessment after a five year period.