Organizations that issue credentials or certify third parties against standards are themselves formally accredited by accreditation bodies. Hence they are sometimes known as “accredited certification bodies”. The accreditation process ensures that their certification practices are acceptable, typically meaning that they are competent to test and certify third parties, behave ethically and employ suitable quality assurance.
In everyday language the terms Accreditation and Certification are often used interchangeably. However, these terms have specific meanings. ISO’s formal definition of accreditation is “third-party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks.”
Accredited Organizations are known as Conformity Assessment Bodies (or CABs). Accredited CABs provide certification and inspection services to organizations. Most Commonly the certified management systems