Unitarily responsible for the accreditation of certification bodies, laboratories and inspection bodies, China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (hereinafter referred to as CNAS), is the national accreditation body of China 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.
Founded in July 2002 by the authorization of CNCA according to relevant laws and regulations, CNAB was the national accreditation body responsible for the accreditation of management system certification bodies and product certification bodies. The CNAB had merged the former China National Accreditation Council for Registrars (CNACR), the China National Accreditation Council for Products (CNACP), the China National Accreditation Board for Import & Export Enterprises (CNAB), and the 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, organic product certification bodies of the former China National Accreditation Board for OSHMS Certification Bodies (CNASC), and organic food accreditation committee were transferred to the CNAB according to the co-decisions of the CNCA as well as relevant competent authorities, which had further advanced the intensive fusion of unified accreditation systems for certification bodies.
Established by the approval of the CNCA and authorized by the CNCA, the CNAL was the national accreditation body responsible for the accreditation of laboratories, inspection bodies, and related activities. The 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 the international accreditation multilateral recognition system and is playing an important role in it. As one of the accreditation body members of IAF and PAC, the former CNAB also signed the IAF MLA and the PAC MLA. As the accreditation body member of ILAC and APLAC, the former CNAL was also signed the ILAC MRA and the APLAC MRA. To this day, 59 accreditation bodies have signed the IAF MLA. Meanwhile, 85 laboratory accreditation bodies from other economies have signed the ILAC MRA. CNAS has completely replaced the former CNAB and the CNAL in the IAF, the ILAC, and the APLAC.