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Accreditation in the supply chain

Accreditation in the supply chain


The National Spanish Accreditation Body (ENAC) has recently published a document on the role of accredited services in the supply chain; the document sets out the key factors for guaranteeing effective control of supplies and suppliers, a crucial process that has a direct impact on company activity in terms of costs, product safety and market credibility.

Among the crucial points contained in the document, ENAC outlines how companies can ensure that delivered products meet the specifications and requirements established by the company itself or corresponding regulations. By doing so, they can evaluate and control the supplier or supplies, either by their own means or using external certification and control companies.

ENAC explains that the reliability of information given to companies by evaluators - the cornerstone of critical decision-making - is dependent on the level of professionalism and technical solvency of the evaluators themselves. It therefore recommends the use of evaluators who have proven, pursuant to international standards,that their staff have adequate technical knowledge and experience, as well as the proper equipment and facilities to render a competent service. Such knowledge and experience must also have been demonstrated by an internationally accepted, rigorous, transparent evaluation process, namely the accreditation process.

ENAC has recently granted the Spanish Standardisation Association, UNE, the status of honorary member. As part of Spain's quality infrastructure, ENAC and UNE are strategic partners, along with the Spanish Metrology Centre (CEM), and the three of them form the basis of this infrastructure.

The joint work of these organisations benefits the competitiveness and efficiency of our business sectors enormously, as well as our socio-economic fabric in general. For example, ENAC and UNE have issued the Download the Guide on the use of technical standards and accreditation in government contracting, which will be followed by further developments aimed at giving these procedures added value.