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Certification vs accreditation?

February 9, 2013

There is sometime confusion between ‘certification’ and ‘accreditation’. The main difference is the level in the hierarchy of the conformity system. Put simply, certification is performed by certification bodies and involves a review of information and an on-site inspection or audit of the production facility. Accreditation functions at the ‘higher’ level and is verification by an accreditation body that the certification body is competent to do its work. If you are an farmer, manager of a factory or import organic or sustainable products you need to talk to a certification body. You can search the IOAS database of accredited bodies for a service provider in your country or one providing the type of service you need.

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