Accreditation is an endorsement of a conformity assessment body’s (CAB's) competence, credibility, independence and integrity in carrying out its conformity assessment activities.

In everyday language the terms accreditation and certification are often used interchangeably. In the conformity assessment industry however, these terms have very different and specific meanings.

ISO's formal definition of accreditation is "third party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks." (ISO/ IEC 17000:2004)

Certification is "third party attestation related to products, processes, systems or persons." (ISO/ IEC 17000:2004)

ABCB-E is independent, impartial and a paradigm pioneer in the field of accreditation

ABCB-E is thought to be the largest independent accreditation body in the world. Established in 2010, the organisation has been a persistent pioneer in the field of accreditation, well known and respected for its combination of innovative and user-friendly business acumen and its respect for the vigorous maintenance of integrity and impartiality that is the hallmark of the quality assurance profession.

ABCB-E is a signatory to a number of bilateral, regional and international agreements. These agreements provide international recognition and acceptance of ABCB-E accredited certificates and inspection reports.

ABCB-E only accredits organisations who provide certification and/ or inspection services. These organisations are known as Conformity Assessment Bodies (or CABs).

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