In France, accreditation existed long before the creation of Cofrac. Between the 1970s and 1990s, it was managed by two separate organizations and only concerned the industrial sector.
Cofrac was born in 1994, at the initiative of the public authorities, following the publication of a white paper on the establishment of the common market. Their objective: to set up a Euro-compatible system and be based on a model in accordance with international practices in the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies, intended to promote mutual recognition of the services provided by accredited entities. The creation of a new entity also made it possible to anticipate developments related to accreditation, beyond the sole industrial sector.
The 2008 law on the modernization of the economy designated Cofrac as a “national accreditation body”, the only one authorized in France to issue accreditations to conformity assessment bodies, in accordance with Regulation 765/2008 of the European Parliament and Council, regardless of the sector concerned.
Cofrac is therefore located at the top of the edifice desired by the public authorities in the pyramid of trust.
Cofrac's vocation: to give you confidence in controls
On a daily basis, we are all in contact with a product, an installation, a service or a company controlled by an organization accredited by Cofrac. Accreditation makes it possible to technically regulate the competitive control market and to avoid dangerous or unfair behavior.
By strengthening the quality and reliability of controls, Cofrac contributes to strengthening the safety of people and goods, the health of patients or workers, the fairness of transactions, and even the protection of our planet.
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