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These are independent organisations assessed and registered by national Accreditation Bodies, who are members of the IAF (International Accreditation Forum) – UKAS in the UK and ANAB in the USA for example.
All Certification Organisations should be:
Certification Organisations in the UK fall into the following main groupings:
UKAS stands for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service which was founded by the UK Government (Department of Trade and Industry) to assess, audit and if successful, register Certification Organisations.
Most countries have their own equivalent Government authorised Accreditation Body such as RAB in the USA , who are members of IAF (International Accreditation Forum) – to see their list of members is on their website at iaf.nu..
The Accreditation Bodies check and approve the Individual Certification Organisations like BSI, NQA, IMS and TUV.