What is Accreditation?

A third line of evidence related to the compliance test body presents a formal demonstration of their ability to perform specific compliance testing tasks. (ISO 17000: 2004)

 What is certification?

Third party evidence related to products, processes, systems or individuals. (ISO 1700: 2004)

 How does one recognize accreditation?

ABIS Certified Bodies (CBs) can be recognized using the ABIS accreditation mark. Verification can also be verified directly from ABIS either through their website or at admin@ABISacc.org

 How can I check a company’s certification?

You can visit the certificate body website or contact body body direct.

 Is it mandatory that an Accreditation Body be a member of International Accreditation Forum?


 Where can I find the accredited bodies list of ABIS?

You can see a list of authorized themes at www.ABISacc .org

 Can a certification body provide consultancy?

No, the verification body is not allowed to perform consultation work.

 Is the certificate issued by an ABIS accredited body for my organization or product going to be recognised in other countries?

The decision on accreditation of certificates issued by national accreditation bodies is left to the recognition of the countries concerned. All potential clients of accredited bodies should ensure this if necessary.

 What is the time period taken for the entire accreditation process?

The application is registered with the ABIS administrator and is considered for review. A lead period of one to two weeks can be expected before the initial response is received. The accreditation process includes document review, pre-test, final testing and accreditation. At all these levels comments and improvement decisions can be made by the ABIS assessment manager or evaluation team. This must be answered promptly by the requesting body. Given the number of parties and processes involved it is difficult to set a definite time for all guarantees. However, the ABIS can provide time frames depending on the cases. ‘How to be authorized’ is a good educational text on this.

 What would be cost of accreditation?

Costs include application fees, inspection fees, continuous monitoring fees, travel, etc. Please see the terms and conditions or contact ABIS for details. It is common for ABIS to provide a rating before the accreditation process.