The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) General Assembly recently announced plans to launch a database of management system certificates, provided by certification bodies that are accredited by IAF members. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is an accreditation body and a U.S. representative to the IAF.
As IAF reports, its database is an opportunity for organizations with accredited certificates to showcase that they are certified to some of the world's leading standards, including to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)'s ISO 9001 Quality management systems, and SO 14001 Environmental management systems.
"I am delighted IAF is developing the database," said IAF Chair Xiao Jianhua. "This adds value for the certification bodies accredited by IAF members but most importantly for the organizations that hold over 1.6 million accredited management system certificates. The benefits extend even further, for example to buyers wishing to check if their potential suppliers hold such certificates,' he added.
IAF has released a video with more information on the IAF Global Register, below. View IAF's news release.
The IAF is the world association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies and other bodies interested in conformity assessment in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programmes of conformity assessment. Its primary function is to develop a single worldwide program of conformity assessment which reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring them that accredited certificates may be relied upon. Accreditation assures users of the competence and impartiality of the body accredited.