An explanation about the differences between accreditation and certification in assuring the quality of individuals and services
Accreditation provides recognition that an organisation has demonstrated:
- Technical competency of staff.
- Validity and appropriateness of methods.
- Traceability of measurements and calibrations to national standards.
- Appropriate application of measurement uncertainty.
- Suitability, calibration and maintenance of equipment.
- The facilities and environment.
- Sampling, handling and transportation.
- Quality assurance of results and data
Certification of a management system provides independent demonstration that the management system of an organisation
- conforms to specified requirements,
- is capable of consistently achieving its stated policy and objectives, and
- is effectively implemented.
So, for example, holding accredited certification to9001 does not, on its own, represent evidence that a organisation is able to provide accurate and reliable data.
Many thanks to(the UK Accreditation Service www. .com) for providing these technical definitions.