Our objective

The GCC Accreditation Center aims to enhance its position, achieve its goals, and empower its structure by applying the recommended global practices and cooperating with international bodies in the field of the accreditation.

Our vision

Leadership in achieving confidence for conformity assessment bodies in member states

Our mission

Providing distinguished accreditation services to achieve confidence in the conformity assessment system in the member states to enhance product safety, develop the industry and facilitate trade exchange in partnership with the concerned parties

Success indicators

Our achievements

307

Accredited bodies

264

Assessors and experts

1044

Trainees during 2021

37

GAC agreements

GAC Establishment

The GCC Accreditation Center was established with the approval of the ministers concerned with standardization in the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and the Republic of Yemen as an independent body that provides accreditation services to conformity assessment bodies and activities related to accreditation such as training and awareness, as well as representing member states in international forums related to accreditation activities around the world.

It should be noted that the establishment of the GCC Accreditation Center was the result of a technical study carried out by the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) to study the quality infrastructure in the member states.

recognitions

In June 2016, GAC obtained international recognition in the field of accreditation of testing laboratories in accordance with the international standard ISO/IEC 17025 from the International Organization for Laboratory Accreditation (ILAC). The International Organization for Laboratory Accreditation (ILAC), as well as international recognition in the field of accreditation of product certification bodies and administrative system certification bodies from the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), as well as accreditation of halal certification bodies from the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF).

The GCC Accreditation Center is a full member and a signatory of mutual recognition agreements in the Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) and the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC).

Please check GAC recognitions status on ILAC and IAF websites

The budget of GAC

GAC shall have an independent budget financed from the following resources:

  • The fees charged by GAC in the return for the services provided.
  • Financial funds allocated to it by Member States.
  • Grants and donations which do not conflict with the GAC independency or impartiality and to be approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Other resources as determined by the Board of Directors.