Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment Bodies (AB-CAB) is an Independent, International Accreditation Board (AB). It works to serve the global communities of businesses and consumers. AB-CAB accredits appropriately qualified independent third party Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) such as Certification Bodies, Inspection Bodies, Testing & Calibration Laboratories and Medical Laboratories to ensure that their competence to carry out specific tasks is as per the International Standards & the Benchmarks. AB-CAB Accreditation is voluntary in nature. AB-CAB is a trading name for “Accreditation Board For Conformity Assessment Bodies” a company limited by shares established as per requirement of , Republic of India. AB-CAB operates in accordance with the requirements, criteria, rules and regulations laid down in the following documents: The requirements of the international standard ISO/IEC 17011, General requirements for bodies providing assessments and accreditation of conformity assessment bodiesThe requirements and other benchmarks as stipulated in the Publicly Available Documents (PAD) published by various international bodies and ABCAB Legally established objectives. The authority vested is ABCAB is that assigned to them by the Conformity Assessment Bodies and other Organization it accredits and recognizes by virtue of these applicant and accredited bodies pledging support for the mission and objectives of AB-CAB and ensuring that their actions are according to that policy. It is an independent, impartial and non-governmental body and makes no claim to be connected with any government.
Accreditation as per ISO 17020:
Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020, Conformity assessment - Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection, is gaining momentum in industries around the globe. The broad definition of inspection in the standard allows great flexibility in application from systems to services and raw material to finished products.
ISO/IEC 17020 incorporates same level of requirements for the organizational quality management system as ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17000 series standards such as ISO/IEC 17021, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems, and ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment -- Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services. ISO/IEC 17020, however, puts greater emphasis on organizational ability to manage impartiality and conflicts of interest as well as the technical competence of people, inspection processes, and equipment.
Accredited inspection provides assurance of technically competent service and consistently reliable results, reducing costs and lowering risks. It is key in demonstrating that products, equipment, structures, and systems meet required specifications. Governments and industries around the world are increasingly requiring use of accredited inspection services.
AB-CAB accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 allows an organization to demonstrate integrity, reliability, and technical competence as well as compliance internationally recognized good practices.
Accreditation as per ISO 17020:
AB-CAB assesses and accredits certification bodies (CBs) that demonstrate competence to audit and certify organizations conforming with management systems standards. Accreditation by a recognized and respected body such as AB-CAB ensures the impartiality and competence of the CB and fosters confidence and acceptance of the CB's certifications by end users in the public and private sectors.
Is Your Certificate Accredited?
A certificate issued by an AB-CAB Accredited certification body (CB) that includes the AB-CAB accreditation symbol is an accredited certificate. An accredited certificate includes both the CB's symbol and the accreditation symbol of the accrediting body. Be sure to look for both.
Importance of the Accreditation:
Accreditation is the means by which an authoritative body, such as the AB-CAB, gives formal recognition that an organization, such as a CB, is competent to carry out specific tasks. Accreditation provides assurance to a CB's customers that the CB continues to operate according to internationally accepted criteria.
Naturally, an organization considering certification wants to know about the reputation and competence of the CB it selects. The organization wants assurance that the CB is competent to evaluate its systems and that their customers will value the CB's judgment, no matter where their customers are located.
Unaccredited CBs may not operate according to international requirements. Deceitful CBs may offer a certificate without an audit or without any real understanding of an organization's processes. Such a certificate is of questionable value for the certified organization and its customers.
In addition to offering accredited certificates, an accredited CB may also offer unaccredited certificates or certificates for standards for which the CB is not accredited. If you want to rely on a certificate, you should understand the qualifications of the CB that issued the certificate and whether or not the CB (and certificate) is accredited.
The International Accreditation Forum, a global association of accreditation bodies, has published a report on the value of accredited certification. For details, please visit http://www.iaf.nu/articles/Accredited_certification_delivers_real_added_value/276.
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