Are You Certified or Accredited?

Just about every client, prospect and contact whom I engage with about standards claim they are ‘accredited’ to ISO 9001, or seek ‘accreditation’.

What they really mean is ‘certification’. Whilst it’s easy to get the 2 mixed up, they actually mean very different things.

Accreditation:                                                                                                                                                                                           Accreditation is the formal recognition by an accreditation authority to the technical and organisational competence of a conformity assessment body to carry out a specific service in accordance to the standards and technical regulations as described in their scope of accreditation. Therefore, UKAS provide BSI (and other certification companies) with accreditation for their assessment services.

Certification is the procedure by which a third party gives written assurance that a product, process, system or person conforms to specified requirements. Therefore, BSI provide you with certification to ISO 9001.

Hope that helps!


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