Non Accredited v Accredited Certification Bodies
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Certification to the various Management Standards such as ISO
9001 (the Quality management Standard and 14001 (the Environmental
management standard) have been recognised worldwide as viable
The UK Government has appointed a sole Accreditation Body to
accredit certification bodies to issue certificates of compliance to
"The United Kingdom Accreditation Service is
the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to
assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that
provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.
Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and
performance capability of these evaluators.
UKAS is a non-profit-distributing private company, limited by
guarantee. UKAS is independent of Government but is appointed as the
national accreditation body by the Accreditation Regulations 2009 (SI
No 3155/2009) and operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the
Government through the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and
I was contacted recently by a company that had been
'certificated' to both the standards by a non UKAS certification body.
The company believed that they met the requirements of the two
standards because year after year their 'Assessor' told them that they
were compliant. Imagine how they felt when one of their major customers
carried out a vendor audit on them and told them that their
certifications were worthless and they were far from compliant with
9001 and 14001.
It makes my blood boil when I see these so called
certification companies issuing certificates purporting to show that
full compliance to the international standards has been achieved when
in fact they do nothing of the sort.
This company asked me to look through their Quality Manual; it
was riddled with errors and did not comply with ISO 9001. It was
confused and woolly, it did not address the six mandatory procedures
required by 9001 and did not even reference the correct Standard. The
Company, quite rightly, feel that they have wasted their money and will
now have to expend more money to gain proper certification.
These non-accredited certification companies should be
severely censured if they do not provide the promised outcome. I also
believe that UKAS and or Trading Standards should act and prosecute
where they can see misrepresentation has taken place.
To be absolutely sure that your certificate gives confidence
that your systems actually meet the requirements of the Standards and
will stand up to external scrutiny then insist on a UKAS Accredited
Certification Body. If in doubt, look at the UKAS web-site http://www.ukas.com/about-accreditation/accredited-bodies/certification-body-schedules.asp
Tags: Certification for Standards, accredited certification
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a
director of Quality Matters Limited an established independent
management consultancy based in Essex, UK which specialises in ISO14001 Environmental Management
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2012-05-14 14:20:01 in Business Articles