What is Product Certification?

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What is Product Certification?

In the area of product certification, INAB accredits certification bodies who certify the quality of a product. The word “product” is used in its widest sense, and includes processes and services. The certification of such a product is a means of providing assurance that the product in question conforms to standards and/or other normative documents.

Certification bodies providing product certification issue product certificates or licences to organisations, which entitles them to display a mark of conformity on their product or to issue a certificate indicating the product's conformity with specified requirements. In this way the consumer is assured that the product they are purchasing has reached a set standard. One of the big growth areas for product certification has been in the food area. Food quality assurance schemes such as those owned by Bord Bia and Bord Iascaigh Mhara are now implemented by accredited certification bodies.

Product certification can offer the customer formal documentation that the product they have purchased has been tested by qualified personnel to the applicable codes and/or standards. Those seeking certification for their products must demonstrate that they have adequate quality control systems in place to maintain conformity of their products with the standards.

How to become an Accredited Product Certification Body?

A product certification body must be able to demonstrate its competence to assess and certify the products presented to it.
In the case of products, the certification body must conform with the requirements of ISO 17065.

ISO 17065 has a number of requirements for organisational structure, quality management system elements, competence of personnel, confidentiality, etc. The product certification body must be able to demonstrate compliance with all of these requirements.
Once the product certification body has all of the organisational and technical measures in place, and has been operating a certification service for a period of time sufficient to have historical records built up, and can demonstrate that the operation is stable (typically three months minimum), it can apply to INAB for accreditation.

INAB Accreditation Symbol

The Irish National Accreditation Board strongly encourages accredited organisations to use the accreditation symbol on their reports or certificates.

The accreditation symbol, ownership of which is vested in INAB, is a combination of the Board’s logo in association with the registration number and the accreditation standard. Reference is also made to the organisation’s scope of accreditation.

The use of the symbol and logo is subject to strict criteria laid down in the INAB R1 Regulations.

Accreditation symbols will include: 

  • Accreditation Standard 
  • Scope of accreditation
  • Registration Number