From REGULATION (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliment and Council:

10. ‘accreditation’ shall mean an attestation by a national accreditation body that a conformity assessment body meets the requirements set by harmonised standards and, where applicable, any additional requirements including those set out in relevant sectoral schemes, to carry out a specific conformity assessment activity

12.‘conformity assessment’ shall mean the process demonstrating whether specified requirements relating to a product, process, service, system, person or body have been fulfilled

13.‘conformity assessment body’ shall mean a body that performs conformity assessment activities including calibration, testing, certification and inspection

Source: European Commission's REGULATION (EC) No 765/2008

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