Accreditation is an attestation carried out by the national accreditation body on the competence and capability of the conformity assessment body to perform specific conformity assessment activities.
Hence accreditation verifies only specific, particular activities (e.g. that a laboratory is able to conduct testing in accordance with specific testing methods or that a certification body is competent to certify a specific product according to certain standards). The particular accredited activity scope is defined in the annex to accreditation certificate of each conformity assessment body. The other activities conducted by the conformity assessment body are not verified by accreditation.
The term "flexible scope" is applied to testing laboratories. It means that it is competent to apply testing methods itself in the particular defined testing area.