AskDefine | Define accreditation

Dictionary Definition

accreditation n : the act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to educational institution that maintains suitable standards); "a commission is responsible for the accreditation of medical schools"

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin accreditas + -tion


ac-cre*di-ta*tion aah-KREH-di-TEI-shun


  1. The giving of credentials.
  2. The act of accrediting; as, letters of accreditation.




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Extensive Definition

Accreditation is a process in which certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented.
Organizations that issue credentials or certify third parties against official standards are themselves formally accredited by the standards bodies; hence they are sometimes known as "accredited certification bodies". The accreditation process ensures that their certification practices are acceptable, typically meaning that they are competent to test and certify third parties, behave ethically, and employ suitable quality assurance.
One example of accreditation is the accreditation of testing laboratories and certification specialists that are permitted to issue official certificates of compliance with established standards, such as physical, chemical, forensic, quality, and security standards.
Accreditation processes are used in a wide variety of fields:
accreditation in Czech: Akreditace
accreditation in Dutch: Accreditatie
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