What is accreditation?
Accreditation is an independent assessment that ensures certification bodies have the technical competence and integrity of impartiality to deliver credible certification services. This is essential to building confidence and trust in certification.
Our accreditations include:
These accreditation bodies regularly and rigorously assess us against international standards to ensure our competence, impartiality and performance capability.
Impartiality is a fundamental principle of accredited certification. This means that certification decisions are based solely on objective evidence of conformity and are not influenced by any other interests.
We take potential conflicts of interest very seriously and ensure that impartiality is not compromised at any time. In particular, we ensure that, irrespective of which consultancy may have been employed to implement or maintain a client's management system:
- certification will not be simpler, easier, faster or less expensive
- certification decisions will be based solely on the objective evidence.
NQA's policy is to provide accredited certification wherever possible. Some schemes do not have an accreditation and in those cases we still apply the same rigor, processes, competence requirements and impartiality as if it were accredited.
Unaccredited certification can be an attractive way of achieving certification quickly and cheaply. However, it can have serious shortcomings including:
- failure to meet customer requirements, particularly contractual obligations
- lack of integrity which can damage reputation
- wasted time, budget and resources.