Polish Centre for Accreditation is the national accreditation body authorized to accreditation of conformity assessments bodies on the basis of the Act of Parliament of 13 April 2016 on conformity assessment systems and market surveillance (Journal of Laws of 2017, item 1398).
According to the Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 339/93, Polish Centre for Accredittaion have been appointed as the only national accreditation body in the light of the above Regulation.
Polish Centre for Accreditation was established on 1 January 2001 on the basis of the Accreditation Office of the Polish Centre for Testing and Certification (PCBC) and the Calibration Laboratories' Accreditation Department of the Central Office of Measures (GUM), taking over employees, liabilities and commitments of the above institutions within the accreditation activities, including:
- over 430 granted accreditations
- experienced and highly qualified personnel
- proved procedures
- a wide database of auditors
- international relations
Both, Polish Centre for Testing and Certification (continuing activity of its predecessor - the Central Office for Product Quality) and the Central Office of Measures have previously carried out, for a long time, appropriately:
- assessment and authorization of testing laboratories for certification purposes according to ISO/IEC Guide 25 and ISO/IEC Guide 45
- assessment and authorization of calibration laboratories for the purpose of the national metrological infrastructure.
The first certificate of accreditation, issued as a result of accreditation process carried out in accordance with the requirements of European Standards of 45000 series, was issued: for testing laboratory in 1992, for certification body in 1993, for calibration laboratory in 1997 and for inspection body in the mid of 2000.