ISO is the International Organization for Standardization.
The International Organization for Standardization develops and publishes International Standards. ISO International Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors and increasing productivity. They help companies to access new markets, level the playing field for developing countries and facilitate free and fair global trade. ISO Home Page
ISO does not perform certification.
ISO develops International Standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. They are not involved in their certification and do not issue certificates. This is performed by external certification bodies, thus a company or organization cannot be certified by ISO.
However ISO’s Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) has produced a number of standards related to the certification process, which are used by certification bodies. Read more about CASCO Standards.
- Certification – the provision by an independent body of written assurance (a certificate) that the product, service or system in question meets specific requirements.
- Accreditation – the formal recognition by an independent body, generally known as an accreditation body, that a certification body operates according to international standards.
Choosing an ISO certification body
When choosing a certification body, you should:
- Evaluate several certification bodies.
- Check if the certification body uses the relevant CASCO standard
- Check if it is accredited. Accreditation is not compulsory, and non-accreditation does not necessarily mean it is not reputable, but it does provide independent confirmation of competence. To find an accredited certification body, contact the national accreditation body in your country or visit theInternational Accreditation Forum.
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