The Accreditation System of QMS ISO helps markets work better by providing internationally recognised accreditation services that create economic benefit.
Accreditation has many flow-on benefits throughout the market chain for business, regulators and government by:
These strengthen national, Trans-Tasman and international trade and commerce.
Accreditation adds value to the ever growing and increasingly complicated market chain in many ways, including by providing a symbol of assurance that certifiers and inspectors are independent and competent to perform their duties.
Accredited certification and inspection of products, processes and people—called conformity assessment—has a ripple effect through the market chain, right to the consumer. It gives consumers confidence that their purchases meet specified standards and are quality assured. This includes retailers, wholesalers and individual consumers.
At QMS ISO, we do not certify or inspect organizations, products or people; rather, we accredit the bodies that do. We do so by developing the assessment criteria certifiers and inspectors must meet to become accredited under these themes:
Accreditation is a symbol of assurance — a valuable asset in itself. The QMS ISO symbol is a mark of quality and reliability. It flags that a certifier or inspector can be counted on to impartially determine if organizations, products and people conform to specified requirements. This gives certifiers, inspectors and their client organizations a competitive edge.
There are many duties placed on government departments, local authorities and other agencies to ensure that trust is maintained. Whether it be health, water quality, food, consumer goods or transport safety, for example, the public sector provides the framework for the assurance that goods and services are safe and the environment we live in is clean and secure.
Accreditation by QMS ISO can also limit the need for government to regulate industry and the professions. It provides an alternative means of ensuring the reliability of activities that have the potential to impact on public confidence or the national reputation. QMS ISO, where requested, assesses organizations and recommends to government their appointment as Notified Bodies as required by EU Directives and Regulations.
Companies big and small buy independent evaluations either through choice (to reduce the risk of product failure for example) or as a consequence of legal requirements (such as health and safety regulations). Most commonly these evaluations are calibration of equipment, product testing, and inspection of equipment and certification of quality management systems.
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