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“Trust everybody, but cut the cards.” - Findley Peter Dunne

ANSI’s Accreditation Services

Conformity assessment is defined as a "demonstration that specified requirements relating to a product, process, system, person or body are fulfilled." The activities applied in today’s marketplace include certification, inspection, registration, supplier’s declaration, testing, and the one dimension in which ANSI is directly engaged - accreditation.

Ultimately, the marketplace and customers of conformity assessment services measure the beneficial value of accreditation. For most suppliers, the primary benefit of accredited third-party certification is to meet a purchaser’s or regulator’s requirement for this independent evaluation of compliance. Increasingly, suppliers’ procurement organizations are specifying and government agencies are recognizing accredited, third-party certification as an optional dimension of their systems for risk management. In the rapidly growing area of greenhouse gas emissions reporting, ANSI accredited verification and validation bodies gain recognition of the nationally renowned reporting programs for inventories and projects.

Why Seek Accreditation?

ANSI provides accreditation services in the areas of product and personnel certification as well as greenhouse gas verification and validation. This means the Institute recognizes the competence of bodies to carry out these activities in accordance with requirements defined in International Standards. ANSI’s accreditation programs themselves operate in accordance with international guidelines and have been verified by government and peer review assessments.

ANSI’s accreditation of conformity assessment bodies (CABs):

  • Assures their competence and reliability
  • signals clearly that they desire a competitive advantage by undergoing a voluntary evaluation
  • encourages marketplace confidence via regular, impartial, independent audits by an internationally respected body
  • positively influences customer satisfaction based on greater quality awareness and enhanced communication
  • reduces liability insurance and legal costs given the accountability and transparent aspects of the risk management process
  • sustains continual improvement through assessment of system effectiveness, efficiency and competence
  • promotes consistency and demonstrates equivalence of assessments via mutual recognition based on peer review
  • reduces multiple audits and removes barriers to trade in working towards the goal of “certified once – accepted everywhere.”

 More information about ANSI's obligations and expectations as an accreditation body.


    

    

    

Gerald H. Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal