To follow the trend of development in conformity assessment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF) was founded on September 17, 2003 by the Ministry of Economic Affairs through integrating the domestic accreditation resources and merging the Chinese National Laboratory Accreditation (CNLA) and the Chinese National Accreditation Board (CNAB). The fund of TAF was donated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, national enterprises, and public and private enterprises.
To provide impartial, objective, independent third-party accreditation services that are in line with international standards and required for the economic and social development.
- To provide conformity assessment accreditation schemes Note 1 to meet the need of national and industrial development, and foster a conducive environment for the conformity assessment
- To provide internationally recognized accreditation services to the conformity assessment bodies Note 2, such as domestic certification bodies and laboratories
- To enter international/regional mutual recognition arrangements so that the domestic testing and certification results are internationally recognized, thereby achieving the goal of “Accredited Once, Accepted Everywhere”.
Note 1: Conformity assessment: demonstration that specified requirements are fulfilled (ISO/IEC 17000: 2020 Clause 4.1) Conformity assessment includes activities defined elsewhere in this document, such as but not limited to testing, inspection, validation, verification, certification, and accreditation.
Note 2: Conformity assessment body: body that performs conformity assessment activities, excluding accreditation (7.7) (ISO/IEC 17000: 2020 Clause 4.6)
As an independent third-party organization, TAF performs accreditation on conformity assessment bodies with the objectives that the reports and accreditation certificates issued are widely recognized by domestic and international enterprises, regulatory authorities, and consumers.
Accreditation is enhancing industrial development, global market trade competitiveness, utilization of natural and human resources, food safety, medical care, and environmental protection.
|Enhance Safety of Life||Promote Economic Development||Support a Sustainable Environment|
|To ensure the competence and quality of laboratory, for example, the accredited medical laboratories through providing the accuracy of examination results could provide precise diagnose and treatment for the health care.||Through international/regional mutual recognition arrangements, the enterprise competitiveness is enhanced due to avoid repeated testing and certification.||In line with the government policies and industrial development about sustainability, accreditation services are developed to support a sustainable environment such as industrial wastewater treatment, greenhouse gas and carbon footprint, etc..|