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Ac­cord­ing to EC Reg­u­la­tion 765/2008, ac­cred­i­ta­tion is the con­fir­ma­tion by a na­tion­al ac­cred­i­ta­tion body that a con­for­mi­ty as­sess­ment body meets the re­quire­ments set out in har­mo­nized stan­dards and, where ap­plic­a­ble, ad­di­tion­al re­quire­ments to per­form spe­cif­ic con­for­mi­ty as­sess­ments. A con­for­mi­ty as­sess­ment de­ter­mines that the prod­ucts, process­es, ser­vices and sys­tems used in tests, in­spec­tions, cal­i­bra­tions or cer­ti­fi­ca­tions are re­li­able in terms of their qual­i­ty and safe­ty and meet the re­quire­ments of rel­e­vant laws, stan­dards and oth­er spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Such in­spec­tions are rel­e­vant to­day in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, food tech­nol­o­gy, elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing, health­care, en­er­gy tech­nol­o­gy, med­ical tech­nol­o­gy, metrol­o­gy, da­ta pro­tec­tion and many oth­er sec­tors and in­dus­tries. Lab­o­ra­to­ries for the cal­i­bra­tion of com­po­nents for tem­per­a­ture mea­sure­ment tech­nol­o­gy should al­so have accreditation.

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