Certification Process

The “rules” for the certification processes are contained in a number of ISO/IEC standards.

ISO/IEC 17021:2011      Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems  (The standard has been revised and is in transition as ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015)

ISO/IEC 17024:2012     Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons

ISO/IEC 17065:2012     Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services


  • Clients make a decision to apply for certification.
  • The client selects a certification body.
  • Accredited certification is the focus of the SAACB.
  • No link between consultancy and certification by SAACB members.
  • A Code of conduct is agreed to and signed by all SAACB members.
  • All members are required to adhere to IAF and Accreditation Body rules.