PNAC Certification Bodies Accreditation Scheme:
Accreditation is an endorsement of a certification body’s independence, integrity and technical competence. Most importantly, accreditation provides a certification body with a trust mark and confidence to offer its services nationally and globally.
PNAC accredited first certification body for Quality Management System (QMS), Environmental Management System (EMS), in 2001.
Certification bodies must meet international standards, such as ISO/IEC 17021, Conformity Assessment – Requirements for Bodies Providing Audit and Certification of Management Systems and the applicable IAF Mandatory documents, Certification bodies are assessed based on their independence, integrity and technical competence. They have to demonstrate a level of competence, within their area of operation and the audit organisations’ management systems, that fulfils the requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, or other international standards.
All certification bodies are eligible to apply for the above accreditation schemes.
Benefits of Certification Bodies Accreditation:
Accredited certification increase confidence for regulators, consumers and producers.
PNAC as a signatory member of the Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for Quality Management System (QMS) and Quality Management System (EMS) of the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), certificates issued by accredited certification bodies are globally accepted by MLA members that span across more than 38 economies.