ISO Certification bodies and ISO accreditation bodies are involved in the ISO Certification process. ISO Certification bodies are also known as Registrars. A lot of people think that ISO (International Organization for Standardization) grants organizations the ISO Certification.
ISO develops International Standards (Example: ISO 9001, ISO 13485), however, they are neither involved in the certification of ISO standards nor do they issue any certificates. ISO certification is performed and the certificate is issued by independent and external certification bodies (Registrars). These certification bodies use a number of standards produced by ISO’s Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO).
ISO CERTIFICATION BODIES
ISO Certification bodies certify individual companies. There are accredited and non-accredited certification bodies. You may use your due-diligence of evaluating certification bodies before choosing them by checking if they choose the relevant CASCO standard. However, to be accredited is neither mandatory nor are non-accredited certification bodies non-reputable. Accredited certification bodies in your county can be found by visiting the Internal Accreditation Forum (IAF).
ISO ACCREDITATION BODIES
ISO Certification bodies are accredited by ISO Accreditation bodies. The role of the Accreditation bodies is to provide accreditation to certification bodies. They do not provide certification to individual companies. There are several accreditation bodies around the globe. Some of them are a member of IAF and others are not. Some examples of these organizations are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) in the UK and ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) in the USA.
LMG provides ISO consultation and acts as a liaison between Certification bodies (Registrars) and Organizations. We help you to choose the right certification body for you which will save you time and help you with the cost of ISO Certification.