Organismo Nacional de Acreditacion de Colombia – ONAC- (Colombia´s National Accreditation Body), as a third-party organization, declares that the CABs that claim to be competent, effectively perform the activities covered in the accredited scope, according to requirements established in international standards in order to ensure confidence in the goods and services available in the market.
Accreditation is an activity that, together with metrology and standardization, plays a fundamental role in protecting the interests of consumers in terms of safety and quality.
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Anybody that performs conformity assessment activities (such as tests, controls, measurements, analyses, inspections, technical audits, verifications, etc.) is a candidate for accreditation by ONAC, regardless of its legal nature, its public or private character, or its size, if it performs other activities or if it assessment activity is a service provided by the organization to its customers, or is performed as part of its internal processes (quality controls, incoming materials inspections, supplier control, etc.)
If your organization performs one or more conformity assessment activities such as those mentioned above, identify the accreditation scheme of your interest by clicking on each of the icons to learn about the objective and scope of each of the services available in ONAC’s accreditation portfolio.
If you have already identified the accreditation scheme of your interest, most likely you have already understood the basic concepts. Now, you can start your accreditation process. To learn more, click on the tabs below:
It is important that prior to applying to the accreditation process, the applicant knows the requirements and documents that must be taken into account in each of the stages. The documents have been classified into:
General Documents: Applicable to all accreditation schemes, where the conditions from the submission of the application to the maintenance and renewal of the accreditation are defined, these document become part of the contractual relationship with ONAC.
Accreditation criteria: Requirements to be fulfilled by the applicant wishing to be accredited under the conformity assessment scheme and which are assessed to determine the competence of the body. example ISO/IEC 17020 requirements for bodies performing inspections.
Evaluation criteria: Additional or complementary documents to the accreditation standard, for some specific scopes, that the applicant must comply with and are subject to evaluation by ONAC to determine its competence as a Conformity Assessment Body. For each accreditation scheme the accreditation criteria, evaluation criteria and normative documents may vary, therefore we invite you to consult the scheme in which you are interested for more detailed information.
The submission of the commercial proposal is made when ONAC has carried out the analysis of the application and has confirmed that the CAB has provided all the information required in the application form. However, the Sectoral Coordinator for your application’s accreditation scheme may request further information and generate the appropriate quotation for the organization.
The commercial proposal is projected by calculating the required assessment days, which are established according to the requested scope, the sites for which accreditation is requested, and the number of CAB personnel, among others. In addition, these days are distributed in the following evaluation steps:
Stage 1 – Documentary assessment
Stage 2 – On-site assessment
The initial quotation does not include:
Travel, lodging, and maintenance of the evaluation team.
With the scheduling of the service, the dates of execution of the evaluation in its different stages are informed according to that established in the quotation.
With the communication from the programming area, ONAC informs the CAB of the evaluation team members’ names and the organization to which they belong, attaching their resumes, with which you can verify their profile and experience. In this way, the CAB may raise the objections it deems pertinent with respect to the members of the Evaluation team.
Finally, we invite you to consult here the Programming Procedure for Evaluation Services V.5, PR-3.1-01.
Learn in a practical and simple way, the first and second part of the video explaining the V5 Evaluation Services Programming Procedure
The initial stage corresponds to a document review that is normally carried out before the on-site assessment.
The on-site assessment has the purpose of getting to know the CAB facilities, personnel, and perform the witnessing according to the requested scope.
In this stage, the assessment of the competence of the CAB in the development of the conformity assessment activities requested in the scope of accreditation is performed, including all the operations of the body, the competence of the personnel, the validity of the conformity assessment methodology, and the results.
In case non-conformity findings are identified, the CAB should send a plan proposal to correct those findings. The assesment team should review y approve the plan. Once the plan is approved, ONAC will schedule a complementary assessment to asses the implementation of the activities proposed.
Note: non-conformity findings and not approval of the plan may be appealed within next 5 working days
The decision on whether or not to grant accreditation is made by the Accreditation Committee, who evaluate and analyze the information generated during the evaluation stages and other available information to confirm whether or not the accreditation requirements have been met.
In the event that the CAB does not agree with the decision made by the Accreditation Committee, it may file a justified appeal in writing, which will be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Procedure for Handling Appeals, P-DEC-02.
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Remember, accreditation process with ONAC is only available in SPANISH language