Many client’s often ask our auditors about the validity of a number of their suppliers certificates as they do not display the UKAS logo on their ISO 9001 accredited certificates. It’s important to remember that UKAS is the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and other countries have their own equivalent accreditation bodies, just because the certificate doesn’t display the UKAS logo doesn’t mean it isn’t valid.
The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) is the world association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies and other bodies interested in conformity assessment in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programmes of conformity assessment. Its primary function is to develop a single worldwide program of conformity assessment which reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring them that accredited certificates may be relied upon.
The IAF Signatories have all signed up to a Multilateral Agreement by which they all abide by the same set of rules and accept each others existence in terms of the services they supply. By reviewing the Accreditation Body shown on the certificates in question against the IAF membership list you are able to ensure that the certificate you are viewing is from an accreditation body the equivalent of UKAS or ANAB (USA) etc.
There are other accreditation bodies in existence which are not necessarily on the list but by using a certification body who is accredited by a body on the list then you can guarantee that the same rules are being applied to each and every one of them and you should therefore have a consistent level of service.
To review the list of IAF Signatories, please click here.