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Accreditation is the process in which certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented. Organizations that issue credentials or certify third parties against official standards are themselves formally accredited by accreditation bodies (such as UKAS); hence they are sometimes known as "accredited certification bodies".[1] 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.

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1 Fields involved 2 Accreditation standards 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Fields involved[edit]

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Accreditation processes are used in a wide variety of fields:

Accredited International Credentials AIC Accredited investor Accredited in Public Relations Accredited Registrar Construction Diplomatic accreditation Educational accreditation

Higher education accreditation

ACGME (USA) List of recognized higher education accreditation organizations List of unrecognized higher education accreditation organizations

Accreditation mill List of unaccredited institutions of higher learning

Pre-tertiary education accreditation

Email sender accreditation Food Safety

Global Food Safety
Food Safety
Initiative

Healthcare

Accreditation Commission for Health Care Electronic Healthcare
Healthcare
Network Accreditation Commission International healthcare accreditation Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities Hospital accreditation Joint Commission
Joint Commission
(USA) United Kingdom Accreditation Forum

Information Assurance Personal trainer accreditation Professional certification Systems Engineering Translating
Translating
and Interpreting

National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (Australia)

US EPA TSCA VI §770 accreditation

Accreditation standards[edit] Many accreditation bodies operate according to processes developed by the International Organization for Standardization
International Organization for Standardization
(ISO) as specified in ISO/IEC 17011.[2] Accredited entities in specific sectors must provide evidence to the accreditation body that they conform to other standards in the same series:

ISO/IEC 17020: "General criteria for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection" (2012) ISO/IEC 17021: "Conformity assessment. Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems" (2011) ISO/IEC 17024: "Conformity Assessment. General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons" (2012) ISO/IEC 17025: "General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories" (2005)

See also[edit]

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Authentication Certification Certification
Certification
and Accreditation Higher education accreditation Homologation Quality assurance Quality infrastructure Standards organization Verification and Validation

International agencies

International Certification
Certification
Accreditation Council International Council on Educational Credential Evaluation International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation

National agencies

Department of Defence Information Assurance Certification
Certification
and Accreditation Process Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik

References[edit]

^ USDA ISO Guide 65 Program Accreditation for Certification
Certification
Bodies Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, August 9, 2007 ^ ISO/IEC 17011: "Conformity assessment. General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies" (2004).

External links[edit]

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International Organization for Standardization

Americas

ANSI Accreditation Programs Standards Council of Canada (SCC)

Europe

European co-operation for Accreditation - a member of International Laboratory Accredi

.