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Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024

Accreditation for Product Certification Bodies

The ANSI accreditation mark is a symbol of excellence, recognized worldwide by employers, industry leaders, hiring managers, and credential holders. Since its launch in 2003, ANSI’s personnel certification accreditation program based on the international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024:2012, Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons, has helped certification programs make the journey from good to great. Over 5.2 million people worldwide and counting hold a certification from an ANSI-accredited organization.

The Value of ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation

  • The ANSI mark signals to an employer that the credential holder has undergone a valid, fair, and reliable assessment to verify that s/he has the necessary competencies to practice.
  • ANSI accreditation provides an added layer of legal defensibility against invalid claims.
  • Many government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Federal and State OSHA, and the FDA, rely on ANSI accreditation as it assures the competency of the certification program.
  • The accountability and transparency built into the ANSI process support conformity assessment attestations, and can result in reduced liability insurance.

Watch this video to hear testimonials from ANSI-accredited certification bodies on the value of ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation:

International Recognition

ANSI is the first personnel certification accreditation body in the United States to meet internationally accepted practices for accreditation, and the first to become a signatory to the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) Multilateral Arrangement (MLA) for ISO/IEC 17024. Additionally, ANSI is the sole US representative to the International Organization of Standardization (ISO).  ANSI's international involvement and recognition saves time and money for ANSI-accredited certification bodies looking to expand into international markets.

Learn How to Apply for Accreditation

The ANSI accreditation mark on your certificates conveys distinction in the market place that the public and consumers look to. The process used by ANSI to accredit certification bodies is based on an international standard (ISO/IEC 17011). Adherence to a rigorous internationally recognized accreditation process ensures that the ANSI process conforms to the highest accreditation standard and represents the best practices in accreditation.

The ANSI accreditation process involves both a review of a paper application and the performance of an assessment (onsite visit) to validate information provided by each applicant certification body. The use of an onsite assessment for accreditation of personnel certification agencies is unique to ANSI.

 To learn more about the application process go to Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 or attend one of ANSI's Personnel Certification Workshops.

ANSI-CFP Accreditation Program

 ANSI has a second personnel certification accreditation program for food protection managers. On June 17, 2002, ANSI implemented the ANSI-Conference for Food Protection (CFP) accreditation program. ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection entered into a cooperative agreement to accredit organizations involved in the certification of food protection managers. This new program is based on the Conference for Food Protection Accreditation Standards. 

 Learn more about the ANSI-CFP program.

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