Benefits of the accreditation :
- reducing compliance and transaction costs,
- reducing risk,
- streamlining operations,
- breaking down barriers to trade, which provides greater access to foreign markets,
- providing assurance that goods and services sold are safe and can be used for their intended purpose.
Accreditation adds value to the ever growing and increasingly complicated market chain in many ways, including by providing a symbol of assurance that certifiers and inspectors are independent and competent to perform their duties.
Accredited certification and inspection of products, processes and people—called conformity assessment—has a ripple effect through the market chain, right to the consumer. It gives consumers confidence that their purchases meet specified standards and are quality assured. This includes retailers, wholesalers and individual consumers.
Accreditation is a means to establish confidence in the quality of products and services worldwide, through mutual acceptance of results of services provided in compliance with relevant standards of accreditation.
Accreditation is a symbol of assurance—a valuable asset in itself. The USAS symbol is a mark of reliability and quality. It flags that a certifier or inspector can be counted on to impartially determine if organisations, products and people conform to specified requirements. This gives the competitive edge to the certifiers, inspectors and their client organizations.