Accreditation of Inspection Bodies

INAB accredits Inspection Bodies to the standard ISO 17020 whose functions include the examination of materials, products, installations, plant, processes, work procedures or services and the determination of their conformity with requirements including the subsequent reporting of the results of these activities. Examples of inspections that these organisations perform include periodic inspection of pressurised gas cylinders and inspection of buildings for the presence of asbestos, lifts, hoists, cranes, electrical installations, escalators etc.

The requirement for the independence of inspection bodies may vary according to legislation and market needs. There may be a requirement to have inspections carried out by an Inspection Body having third party status, that is, that are independent relative to the seller/producer and purchaser. They generally perform inspection of facilities, equipment, installations etc. in respect of which the authorities have special regulations for safety reasons.

If you need any further information please contact your Assessment Manager.

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