ISO accreditation and it is different from certification:

In order to enable the certification bodies to perform certification audits and issuance of certificates, the bodies are required to get a license – and this license is called as accreditation. One of the plus point about accreditation bodies is that they usually publish the list of accredited certification bodies in their countries.

Whereas, ISO Certification is a seal of approval which is given by the external body and by this a company complies to one of the internationally recognized ISO management systems. Certification acts as a proof of a company’s credibility and also instills confidence in a potential client that the promises will be kept.

It is, however,  important to understand that ISO certification and ISO accredited certification are two different things. The article will help us to understand the difference in a detailed way. ISO accreditation or ISO accredited certification is the process when a company has achieved an ISO and/or a  BS standard by a certification body that is accredited by the  UKAS  or its equivalent.

There is only one true accreditation body in each country, for example, the accreditation body for the UK is UKAS and every country. However, has its own version of UKAS. While there are several certification bodies that are operating in each country –and they range from small local certification bodies to large multinational corporations like SGS, BSI, DNV, BV, etc. In most of the countries, accreditation is to be taken as a choice and not as an obligation.

However, the main difference between an ISO accreditation and ISO certification is that an accredited certification body can only perform the functions of an assessment or an audit body and it must not have any involvement in the set-up to certification process the way any other certification body is able to.

On the other hand, a certification body not only acts as the consultant which would implement the system/s into a company but also certify the company once compliant to the standard/s. And can also offer support and guidance throughout the year to ensure that the company maintains its certification. Most importantly uses the systems which help to benefit the company, on an on-going basis.

Also If an organization has taken the time to become compliant then getting the organization  certified can have the following benefits:

  • Helps the organization to easily prove compliance to its customers and the interested parties.
  • Supports the organization to get an independent recognition for its efforts.
  • It reduces the level of auditing from the customers an independent certification can increase .
  • Many organizations are however now demanding that their suppliers are certified to ISO

ISO certification can thus be gained by filing an ISO application form for the relevant certification standard.

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