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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.
 

DATABASE

SOURCES: IAF and IAF Regional Groups: AFRAC - IAAC - ARAC - EA - APAC - SADCA

Where, how to verify the validity. 

1. Enter partial text into one or more of the corresponding columns.    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. Follow the link in the 'verify at' column to verify the certificate validity.     Hints ...  
        NOTE: A link can fail due to changes on the linked websites. Please inform us.

    • 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 also the accreditation status of the CB 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      • If the accreditation of a CB is withdrawn, than it's not due to the certified organization.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 CHECK FOR FREE.


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

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    JARGON:

    - 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>
      APACAsia Pacific 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.


    CGCRE (MLA)
    Brazil


    EA-BAS (MLA)
    Bulgaria


    SCC (MLA)
    Canada


    CAI (MLA)
    Czech Republic


    LA (MLA)
    Lithuania


    RvA (MLA)
    Netherlands


    IARNM (MLA)
    North Macedonia


    SA (MLA)
    Slovenia


    NAAU (MLA)
    Ukraine


    ALGERAC
    (NO MLA)
    Algeria


    DTA-IBMETRO
    (NO MLA)
    Bolivia


    ONARC
    (NO MLA)
    Cuba


    LIBAC
    (NO MLA)
    Libya


    ATCG
    (NO MLA)
    Montenegro


    CNA
    (NO MLA)
    Panama


    RusAccr
    (NO MLA)
    Russian Federation


    STC-IS
    (NO MLA)
    Russian Federation


    SAC°°
    (NO MLA)
    Saudi Arabia


    GAC (GCC)
    (NO MLA)
    Saudi Arabia


    NCA °
    (NO MLA)
    Tajikistan


    NAC
    (NO MLA)
    United States of America (USA)


    GACCB
    (NOT RECOGNIZED)
    Germany


    EAS
    (NOT RECOGNIZED)
    United Kingdom

    IAF CertSearch?

    In Jun. 2017 it was agreed by IAF members to establish a Global Database to tackle falsified and fake certificates.
    The database became active in Sep. 2019.

    • WARNING: There are Certification Bodies with a withdrawn accreditation status !
    • The participation of Accrediation Bodies and Certification Bodies is voluntary.
      The participation grade was respectively ± 90% and ± 20% at January 2020
    • Of the worldwide issued certificates just around 30% IS VERIFIABLE
    • Verification foreseen: only Management Systems certification with an IAF-MLA scope.
      NOT INCLUDED, ISO standards without  IAF-MLA (Mutual Level Agreement):
      • ISO 22301: Societal security — Business continuity (± 1 500 cert)
      • ‎ISO 28000: Security for the supply chain(± 600 cert)
      • ISO 37001: Anti-bribery (± 400 cert)
      • ISO 39001: Road traffic safety (RTS) (± 500 cert)
      • INCLUDED ISO Standards (± 1 290 000 cert)
        • ISO 9001; Quality management (± 880 000 cert.)
        • ISO 14001: Environmental management (± 300 000 cert)
        • ISO 22000: Food safety management (± 32 000 cert)
        • ISO 27001: Information security management (± 32 000 cert)
        • ISO 13485 Medical devices – Quality management (± 20 000 cert)
        • ISO 50001; Energy management (± 18 000 cert)
        • ISO 45001: Occupational health and safety (± 12 000 cert)

      SOURCES: IAF, ISO Survey 2018, IAF CertSearch

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