The certification body, commonly known as the Certifier, is the issuer of the certificate.
Certification bodies are accredited to issue certificates of conformity to a given repository (norms and standards combined).
The COFICERT organization is authorized to issue the following certifications:
In accordance with current international regulations, a certificate of conformity is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.
The certificate is active for the entire certification period as long as the beneficiary continues to respect the requirements of the standard. To ensure this, the certification cycle is always divided into 3 steps. Steps that follow one another within a strictly defined perimeter, as described below:
A certificate of conformity to a given standard, issued by a third party, independent and having obtained an accreditation to do so, is a strong and impactful communication tool.
For a company, a certificate of conformity is a simplified way (binary approach: either compliant or not), accessible and understandable by all, of providing information on its conformity to a standard. This compliancy, revealed through the issuance of a certificate, materializes the conformity at a given moment, of an evolving system and that will be subject to regular evaluation.
A certificate issued according to a standard represents the following characteristics:
- It is a reliable and concrete indicator for expertise and understanding.
- It is a guarantee of the respect of good practices.
- It is a guarantee of quality and trust.
- It is a benchmark index.
- It is a lever of attractiveness.
- It is a commitment to continuous improvement
- It represents a competitive advantage.