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VALIDITY OF CERTIFICATES

Be sure of the Certification Body (CB) and its Accreditation Body (AB)

Approximately 10% of the certificates  does not deserve the highest confidence.

 
Only certificates with an IAF MLA* status
deserve the highest level of confidence.
Attention: don't confuse the IAF MLA mark with the IAFCB mark

Find out where/how to verify the validity. 

1. Enter partial text into one or more of the corresponding column.    Hint ...


  • Avoid special characters such as "Ü ".
    We used the data as listed by the  AB. Some ABs use "Ü" other use "U".
  • A certification body can be accredited more than once. The accreditation body is often found at the bottom of the certificate.
  • Difficult to recognize AB logo's are listed below 
  • Hints are meant to quickly find the subject on the CB webpage
  • Italic characters are not searchable
  • 2. Verify the certificate validity by following the link in the 'verify at' column.    Hint ...


    • Most trustworthy are the AB database because the certificate can be addressed during an accreditation audit.
    • Association database are the result of a voluntary cooperation between certification bodies.
    • Be aware that databases.
      • are updated monthly. Recent certificates are perhaps not yet listed.
      • updating the content is the responsibility of the certification body

    3. To be 100% sure, verify the CB accreditation status by following the link in the AB column.    Hints ...

     

    • Use the verification "☑ date" to be sure of the CB accreditation status.
      Follow the AB link
      • If the accreditation of a CB is withdrawn, than it's not due to the certified organization. 
        It does give however extra info with regard to credibility of the certificate.

    4. NO RESULT -  REQUEST A FREE CHECK.

     

    DATABASE SEARCH

    SOURCES: IAF and IAF Regional Groups: AFRAC - IAAC - ARAC - EA - PAC - SADCA
    Note: A link can fail due to changes on the linked websites. Please inform us.


    Certification Body:
    - Name -Acronym
    -Scope
    -Accreditation N°
    Accreditation Body:
    Logo letter (?) -Country -Status
    Verify at:
    -any text

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    INFO:

    - Recognized: click here    - - MLA MoU: click here    - - Abbreviations: click here

    ABBREVIATION
      ABAccreditation Body
      CBCertification Body also called Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) or "REGISTRAR"
      IAFInternational Accreditation Forum
      MLAMutual Level Agreement - "Certified Once Accepted Everywhere"
      MoUMemorandum Of Understanding/td>

    Regional Groups IAF recognized
      EA European Cooperation for Accreditation>
      PACPacific Accreditation Cooperation
      IAACInter American Accreditation Cooperation
      AFRACAfrican Accreditation Cooperation
      ARACARAB Accreditation Cooperation
      SADCASouthern African Development Community in Accreditation

    ISO Standards
      17011General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies
      17021Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems
     
     

    RECOGNIZED

    Means more or less certificatied. Recognized is specifically used for Accreditation Bodies (AB) and indicates the trustworthiness.


    IAF (International Accreditation Forum)
  • IAF recognizes accreditation bodies (AB) based on their national or sector status.
  • IAF also recognizes regional accreditation body groups.
  • They manage the peer audits amongst their members against ISO 17011.
  • To increase the trustworthiness of certificates IAF takes extra measures and impose them as a requirement.  (example click here).

  • EA, IAAC, ... are REGIONAL AB GROUP recognised by IAF
     
  • The groups are evaluated in a process similar to that  for the evaluation of a single accreditation body.
  • The group issues mandatory documents that must be followed by their AB members
  • the group manages the peer audits amongst their members against ISO 17011, IAF and group mandatory documents.

  • AB Not recognized
  • AB is not recognized
  • AB is not audited by an independent party.
  • AB declare itself as conform with ISO 17011.
  • AB declares that ISO 17021 is in use for the accreditation of a CB..
  •  MLA, MoU

     Is so to speak a maturity  indicator for an Accreditation Body (A) used by IAF.


    IAF-MLA (Mutual level Agreement)
  • IAF MLA certificates deserve the HIGHEST CONFIDENCE level and are ACCEPTED EVERYWHERE because:.
  • AB is recognized by IAF based on their status (e.g. ministry of economy).
  • AB is evaluated by their peers against ISO 17011 and IAF mandatory doc. When positive the AB receives the status "IAF MLA RECOGNISED" . (similar to certified)
  • AB issues mandatory requirements to be followed by the CB.
    e.g., add certificates to the AB database, mandatory use of AB logo  which is not mandatory in ISO 17021.

  • IAF-MoU (Memorandum Of Understanding)
  • AB is recognized by IAF based on their status (e.g. ministry of economy).
  • AB has signed a 'Memorandum Of Understanding' (MoU).
  • AB is supported by an AB MLA in order to achieve the IAF MLA status.
  • AB is informally evaluated by their peers.

  • AB LOGO - LETTERS

    Most AB logos do have recognizable letters in their logo.
    For your convenience, AB logos in which the letter code is difficult to identify are shown here.

    AA
    Austria

    MASM
    Mongolia)

    EAK
    Estonia

    NSC
    Thailand

    INAB
    Ireland

    OUA
    Uruguay

    SAS
    Switzerland

    TUNAC
    Tunisia

    ATCG
    Montenegro

    EA-BAS
    Bulgaria

    BOA
    Viet Nam

    CAI
    Czechia

    CGCRE
    Brazil

    IARM
    Macedonia

    INN
    Chile

    LA
    Lithuania

    ATS
    Serbia

    NA
    Norway

    SAE
    Ecuador

    INACAL
    Peru

    IABCI
    UK

    RvA
    Netherlands

    SA
    Slovenia

    SAC
    Singapore

    SCC
    Canada

    SNAS !!
    Slovakia

    STC-IS
    Russia

    NAAU
    Ukraine

    GAC (GCC)
    Gulf States

    ALGERAC
    Algeria

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