Why have Accredited ISO Certification?
It is important to understand that ‘ISO Certification’ and ‘ISO Accredited Certification’ are two different things.
ISO accreditation or ISO accredited certification is when a company has been awarded ISO Certification by a certification body (CB) that is accredited by UKAS (in the United Kingdom) or that country’s equivalent. Every country has its own version of UKAS and, although they are not akin to government, they act as the governing body for certification companies.
Please note that there is only one true accreditation body in each country and any other forms of ‘accreditation bodies’ may be misleading you. In most countries accreditation is a choice and not an obligation. BSI and the International Organisation for Standardisation themselves actually state that ‘the fact that a certification body is not accredited does not mean that it is not a reputable organisation, for example a certification body operating nationally in a highly specific sector might enjoy such a good reputation that it does not feel there is an advantage for it to go to the expense of being accredited’. Whilst neither may be viewed by the majority of clients as better than the other, there are a few major differences that are worth being aware of.
What are The Differences?
The main difference is that accredited certification body is viewed by potential customers as being a better indication of the effectiveness and quality of an organisation’s management system and many clients insist that the supplier has not just ISO certification, but Accredited Certification. This is seen in the maritime security industry, where several Certifying Bodies (CB’s) are offering cheap, off-the-shelf, management systems to Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC’s) and subsequent ISO/PAS 28007 certification, but this level of certification is almost worthless because the major shipping companies are insisting that the PMSC have Accredited 28007 ISO Certification and at present there are only three Certifying Bodies in the entire world who can offer an accredited ISO 28007 service.
What’s Wrong with Cheap, Off-The-Shelf Certification?
This is a prime example of ‘you get what you pay for’. Good management systems not only allow you to obtain Accredited ISO Certification, but they also help you to operate more effectively and with less risk, which means more profit. If you pay a consultant to provide you with a cheap, off-the-shelf management system then it is almost certain that the system will be cumbersome and not tailored to your particular organisation. It may get you an ISO certificate, but that certificate will be almost worthless in the eyes of key customers and your ‘cheap’ management system will just bog you down.
So why Should I go for Accredited Certification?
Having accredited certification will demonstrate to your potential customers that you have had the confidence in your management system to have it certified by a certifying body that can demonstrate its own, higher-level of compliance and will ensure that you will attract the attention of the bigger customers.
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