Why accreditation is so important ?
Accreditation demonstrates to the marketplace that certification bodies like BSI, SGS, BV, LRQA are technically competent to audit and certify activity in accordance with the requirements of internationally recognised ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 27001 standards.
The Accredited certificates include the accreditation symbol. The symbol enables certification bodies to show their competence and allows consumers of certification services to easily recognise quality organisations. Accreditation Symbol like UKAS, ANAB and HKAS are popular in the Hong Kong market.
UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) is the National Accreditation Body for the United Kingdom. They are appointed by government of the United Kingdom, to assess and accredit organisations that provide services including certification, testing, inspection and calibration.
ANAB (ANSI NATIONAL ACCREDITATION BOARD) is the 1st management systems accreditation body in the United States. ANAB accreditation of third-party certification bodies provide credibility and confidence for those who rely on certification.
HKAS (Hong Kong Accreditation Service) provides accreditation for laboratories, certification bodies and inspection bodies located in Hong Kong.
No Accreditation mean worthless
ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 27001 and ISO 22000 Certificates usually are stamped with accreditation like UKAS, ANAB or HKAS.
If popular ISO Certificates like ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 27001 or ISO 22000 without accreditation, those certified companies may have potential impact to their brand due to holding suspected ISO Certificates.
Those ISO Certificates without accreditation cannot be accepted to transfer to another Certification Bodies. Those certified companies are required to apply ISO Certification again.