For certifiers operating in the so-called "accredited area" and offering certifications according to management system standards, they would do well to obtain a corresponding accreditation from DAkkS or similar bodies. The best known management system standards are
Accreditation is valid worldwide and has recently been granted for an unlimited period. However, the competence of a certification body is monitored at regular intervals by the accrediting body - in Germany by DAkkS. The DAkkS website contains a list of management system standards and technical rules for which accreditation is possible.
What are the advantages of accreditation?
The accreditation of a certification body is regarded as objective proof that the certification body carries out its activities on the basis of international standards and regularly has its procedures independently assessed.
Internationally recognized accreditations and approvals thus help you when selecting service providers. Our tip: Accreditation entitles a conformity assessment body to display the accreditation logo, for example that of the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS), on the certificates it issues. If there is such an accreditation logo on your certificate, it is an accredited certificate with worldwide recognition.
In the private sector, in the "non-regulated area", accreditations are aimed at conformity assessments that primarily serve to build confidence in business. Here, accreditation is not mandatory for the certification of management systems, but it is recommended for many reasons! Especially for you as a client of a certification, this results in the advantage that the result of the conformity assessment stands up to international comparisons.
You can see from the accreditation of a certifier that the quality of the service offered is proven and that the offer is trustworthy. During the certification process, your company benefits from the confirmed professional competence of the auditors of an accredited certifier. This is expressed, among other things, in dialogue at eye level and the uncovering of value-creating improvement potential for your management system.
What are accredited certificates?
An accredited certificate is issued by an accredited certifier - and always for the underlying norm or standard.
With an accredited certificate, you enjoy the necessary acceptance of your customers and business partners worldwide. The international recognition of certificates from accredited certification bodies facilitates access to global markets and reduces costs for multiple certifications. If you want to be on the safe side, you should be guided by these criteria when choosing a certifier.
The ISO 17021 standard puts it this way: