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Description and Management of the Accreditation Programs

Accreditation is the recognition obtained by an organization for its aptitude and ability to perform specific work, for example environmental analyses in a given sector. In Québec, accreditation can be legally required to conduct laboratory analysis work pursuant to the Environment Quality Act (section 118.6) or for analyzing heavy vehicles emissions.

The CEAEQ manages the following programs : the accréditation des laboratoires d'analyse, the accréditation d'échantillonnage environnemental (accreditation program for analysis laboratories, environmental sampling accreditation program), and, since June 2006, the accréditation des établissements d'analyse des émissions des véhicules lourds (accreditation of establishments analyzing heavy vehicle emissions). The later program was developed in cooperation with the Direction des politiques de l'air of the ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques.

The CEAEQ recognizes the skills of individuals capable of vouching for documents pertaining to the protection and rehabilitation of contaminated lands. These documents are required by the Environment Quality Act (section IV.2.1). This recognition process is referred to as the legal advice. The recognized experts are indicated on the Liste des experts (list of experts).

For accreditation to be awarded and the services to be recognized nationally and internationally, the CEAEQ manages the accreditation program in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17011 entitled Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies.

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