China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (hereinafter referred to as CNAS) is the national accreditation body of China unitarily responsible for the accreditation of certification bodies, laboratories and inspection bodies, which is established under the approval of the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China and authorized by CNCA in accordance with the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Certification and Accreditation.
CNAS was founded on March 31, 2006 by merging the former China National Accreditation Board for Certifiers (CNAB) and China National Accreditation Board for Laboratories (CNAL).
CNAB was the national accreditation body responsible for the accreditation of management system certification bodies and product certification bodies, which was founded in July 2002 by the authorization of CNCA according to relevant laws and regulations. CNAB had merged the former China National Accreditation Council for Registrars (CNACR), China National Accreditation Council for Products (CNACP), China National Accreditation Board for Import & Export Enterprises (CNAB) and former China Accreditation Committee for Environmental Management System Certification Bodies (CACEB). In April 2004, the accreditation functions related to occupational health and safety management system certification bodies and organic product certification bodies of former China National Accreditation Board for OSHMS Certification Bodies (CNASC) and organic food accreditation committee were transferred to CNAB according to the co-decisions of CNCA and relevant competent authorities, which had further advanced the intensive fusion of unified accreditation systems for certification bodies.
CNAL was the national accreditation body responsible for the accreditation of laboratories and inspection bodies and related activities, which was established by the approval of CNCA and authorized by CNCA. CNAL was established on July 2002 by merging the former China National Accreditation Committee for Laboratories (CNACL) established by the former State Bureau of Technical Supervision, and the former China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Laboratory Accreditation Committee (CCIBLAC) established by the former Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.
International Mutual Recognition
CNAS has been a part of international accreditation multilateral recognition system, and is playing an important role in it. The former CNAB was the accreditation body member of IAF and PAC, and also signed by IAF MLA and PAC MLA. The former CNAL was the accreditation body member of ILAC and APLAC and signed by ILAC MRA and APLAC MRA. To this day, 59 accreditation bodies have signed IAF MLA. Meanwhile, 85 laboratory accreditation bodies from other economies have signed ILAC MRA. CNAS has completely replaced the former CNAB and the CNAL in IAF, ILAC, APLAC.