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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
ACCREDITATION VS CERTIFICATION?
  • Accreditation and Certification are regularly wrongfully used interchangeably. However, in the conformity assessment industry both terms have very specific meanings. In layman’s terms accreditation gives recognition of a conformity assessment body’s competence to perform specific services. Whereas certification gives recognition to a companies compliance with requirements such as ISO9000 or ISO14000
  • Certification Bodies, are accredited after they successfully undergo a process of assessment by an Accreditation body like SANAS, MAURITAS or SADCAS to ensure they meet international standards that among other things assess the bodies impartiality and competence.
  • Certification is undertaken by Certification Bodies and is a process by which an independent third party certifies that a product, system or person, conforms to specific requirements.
Note! Certification bodies, Inspection bodies and Laboratories can all be Accredited.
 
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