The Benefits of Accreditation

The single European Market is of fundamental importance to Ireland, as more than 65% of our total exports are sold to Europe. INAB is part of the European network of accreditation bodies and plays a pivotal role in securing the access of Irish products and services to the EU market.

INAB accreditation ensures that certificates and test results are acceptable worldwide. Accreditation eliminates the need for multiple assessments when goods cross frontiers, giving Irish industry the best competitive advantage possible in what is an ever-expanding and aggressive marketplace.


Accreditation is the preferred mechanism for ensuring public confidence in the reliability of activities that impact on health, welfare, security and the environment. Accreditation is used, therefore, to identify bodies competent for the implementation of government policies and regulations.


Accreditation gives consumers confidence through ensuring consistently high standards in the quality and safety of products or services purchased.


Accreditation is an essential tool for decision making and risk management.  Organisations can save time and money by selecting an accredited (and therefore competent) supplier.

Accreditation can provide a competitive advantage and facilitates access to export markets within Europe and beyond – with the aim of “tested or certified once, accepted everywhere”.

Accurate measurements and tests carried out in compliance with best practices limit product failure, control manufacturing costs and foster innovation.

Accredited Members

Accreditation is chosen by an organisation because of the competitive advantages it affords, through access to a given market via independent assessment and demonstration of compliance with international requirements.

Accreditation is objective proof that organisations have the competence to comply with best practice.  It is the internationally recognised system that is used to develop and sustain high standards of performance.  It is often a prerequisite for eligibility to tender for international projects.

Why is Accreditation so important?

The single European market allows the free movement of goods, services and personnel within the European Union. This free trade presupposes confidence in the product or service being offered and can only be effective upon elimination of technical barriers to trade. Member States of the EU have established a network of national accreditation bodies, which ensures that the competence of all laboratories, inspection and certification bodies are assessed to the same principles.

The European Commission recognises accreditation as the preferred mechanism for the elimination of technical barriers to trade and has stated that “Accreditation is essential for the correct operation of a transparent and quality-oriented market.”   Accreditation can provide competitive advantage and facilitate access to export markets, in addition to acting as a catalyst to raise standards and institute improved work practices.

Accreditation is often required to demonstrate conformance with the requirements of laws, official regulations and EU Directives.