The Mauritius Accreditation
MAURITAS is the sole national accreditation body
and has been established under the Mauritius Accreditation Service Act
1998 as a department within the Ministry responsible for the subject of
Industry to provide a national, unified service for the accreditation
of calibration and testing laboratories, inspection bodies and certification
MAURITAS is responsible for the accreditation of:
• Certification bodies to ISO/IEC 17021 - Conformity assessment
-- Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management
• Laboratories (testing and calibration) to ISO/IEC 17025 - General
requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
• Medical laboratories to ISO 15189 - Medical laboratories -- Particular
requirements for quality and competence.
Inspection bodies are accredited to ISO/IEC 17020
- General criteria for the operation of various types of bodies performing
MAURITAS certificates are a formal recognition
that an organization is technically competent to perform specific tasks.
• Achieving International Recognition
• To provide a national, impartial and transparent
mechanism for the accreditation of laboratories, certification and inspection
• To achieve international recognition by becoming signatory to
International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition
Arrangements (ILAC MRA) and International Accreditation Forum Multilateral
Recognition Arrangement (IAF MLA).
• To assess the competence of conformity
assessment bodies such as testing, calibration laboratories, certification
bodies, and inspection bodies, officially accrediting them to ensure the
competitiveness of our goods and services on the regional and international
• To ensure a better quality of life for our consumers.
• To ensure that the policies and procedures of MAURITAS comply
with the requirements of the existing and applicable international standards
(ISO/IEC 17011 - Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation
bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies) and any other requirements
set out by ILAC and IAF.