How to check Certifier Accreditation

While the specifics of the process outlined below are for Australia, the process is much the same in all countries.  Terms may vary slightly, and you will need to find your own regional accrediting body.  The 'accrediting body' (a mouthful, I know) is the organisation who formally oversees the certifiers, accredits them, audits them periodically and ensures they continue to comply with the requirements of the international standard ISO 17024 and guide ISO 17021.  This includes requirements for qualifications, knowledge and skills, staff training and experience; for equipment, quality assurance procedures and sampling practices. 

I have generally avoided links to individual pages, because web sites change and the links go out of date, so you may have to do a bit of hunting around for the right link. 

Note that JAS-ANZ's register is a bit clunky to use and search.  If you don't find the information you seek, it's probably worth making direct contact to double-check with them.  If you're a DIY Kit customer of course, you can ask me.

Checking Accreditation in other countries ie, outside Australia 

USA:  Go to ANAB's website The link you want is called Search for a Certification Body.  That takes you to a search page which even tells you how to use it.  Much better than JAS-ANZ's.

UK:   Not the easiest site to navigate unless you know what is what.  Go to and find the link to Accredited Bodies.  Then choose the relevant link.  For ISO 9001, choose QMS Certified Bodies.  

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