Accreditation Schemes

Accreditation is the formal recognition of a body’s competence to conduct a specific activity such as testing, inspection or certification. This recognition is based on compliance with international and European standards. Compliance with these standards requires organisations to demonstrate competence, impartiality and integrity. It is often difficult for customers to distinguish between the quality of products or services available in the marketplace.

Certificates of conformance or test reports are normally used to make that distinction.  These certificates or reports are only useful or reliable if the organisation or individual conducting the assessment or test is competent and qualified. The accreditation of the organisation, for a defined scope, is the mechanism that provides the customer with this confidence.

The international nature of the standards means that a company or product in Ireland can be assessed or tested to the same standards as a company in Switzerland or Australia, providing confidence in the comparability of certificates and reports across national borders.

Index of ISO/IEC Standards Associated with INAB Accreditation:

The international nature of the standards means that a company or product in Ireland can be assessed or tested to the same standards as a company in Switzerland or Australia, providing confidence in the comparability of certificates and reports across national borders.

ISO/IEC StandardDescriptionLink to Information Sheet (PDF)
ISO 17024

Certification Persons - General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons

pdf iconIS4 Certification Persons Information Sheet (PDF, 2 Pages, 184KB)
ISO 17065Conformity Assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.pdf icon IS5 Product Certification Information Sheet
ISO 17020Inspection - Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection (ISO/IEC 17020:2012)pdf iconIS6 Inspection Bodies Information Sheet.pdf (size 95.3 KB)
ISO 17021Management Systems - Conformity Assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systemsIS9 .pdf (size 102.1 KB)
ISO 15189Medical - Medical Laboratories - Requirements for quality and competencepdf icon IS1 Medical Laboratory Information Sheet
ISO 17025Testing and Calibration - General Requirements for the competence of Testing and calibration laboratoriespdf icon IS7 Laboratory Accreditation Information Sheet
ISO 17034Reference Material Producers - General Requirements for the competence of Reference Material ProducersIS18 .pdf (size 95 KB)

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