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WHAT SHOULD BE STATED ON A CERTIFICATE?

The Standard - ISO 17021 - for certification Bodies stipulates mandatory issues and a few optional issues.

Based on a sample of 237 certificates of accredited certificates the conformity was verified. Some extra information useful for the user that relies on certificates was encountered and added as an extra .

MANDATORY

(see ISO17021)
  1. Date of issue
  2. Expiration date (max 3 years)
  3. A unique identification code of the certificate
  4. The standard and its version (e.g. ISO9001: 2008)
  5. Scope of the certificate / description of the activity
    (for multi-site certification; all location
  6. Name and address of the certified organization
    for multi-site certification: at least head office)
  7. The name, address and logo of the certification body.
Conformity degree
 
  1. [100%]
  2. [ 99%]
  3. [100%]
  4. [100%]
  5. [100%]
     
  6. [100% -frequent missing: country]
     
  7. [100% frequent missing: country 27%]

OPTIONAL

(see ISO17021)
  1. Logo of the accreditation body
  2. Logo of IAF. (if applicable)
  3. Accreditation number of the certification body.
  4. Date of first issue
Conformity degree
 
  1. [89% - 5%  obsolete logo]
  2. [78%]
  3. [39%]
  4. [No data collected]

OPTIONAL

 (extra)
  1. Reference how to check the validity of the certificate.
  2. The sector code (EA -NACE) code of the certified organization.
  3. Reference to the complaints procedures.
Conformity degree
 
  1. [53% reference on certificate or website]
  2. [1%]
  3. [1%]
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