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Certification

Certification is a business process through which a recognized body acting independently with no ties to the parties involved gives written assurance that an organization, a process, a service, a product or a set of professional skills meets the baseline requirements set out in a reference standard. Certification is a voluntary initiative.

 

Any company, organization or administration can file an application for certification of its products, services or management system.
The target audience is first and foremost the end-customer, whether they are a consumer or a user.

 
 

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Independence, impartiality: AFNOR's commitment  

Any company, organization or administration can file an application for certification of its products, services or management system.
The target audience is first and foremost the end-customer, whether they are a consumer or a user. Certification gives objective proof that the product or service purchased or delivered presents a set of characteristics defined in a standard or a benchmark document, and is controlled and checked on a regular basis. This means buyers, users or consumers of certified products or services are provided a guaranteed level of quality, in the broadest sense of the word.

 


Certification is one of the very first criteria guiding choice between several offerings. The credibility of this guarantee hinges not just on the competency of a certification body like AFNOR Certification, but also on its impartiality. Note this: certification bodies are themselves audited by independent accreditation bodies, like the COFRAC in France.

 


Certification is delivered based on an assessment of the systems, services, products or professional competencies targeted in the application. The assessment measures the characteristics claimed. Certification will be issued if these characteristics fully match those set down in the benchmark reference.

 


Choose AFNOR Certification, and you are choosing the leading certification and systems, services, products and competencies assessment body in France and one of the top-ranking leaders worldwide. The AFNOR group's Certification branch handles the two best-known quality marks on the market: AFAQ and NF. AFNOR Certification delivers a portfolio of over 500 service solutions. Boasting French national and international accreditation, AFNOR Certification offers exemplary outreach, through 27 agencies in 5 continents and 13 French regional delegations. It charters support from 1500 qualified auditors to meet the needs of a customer base spanning 60,000 sites worldwide.

 


AFNOR Certification syndicates this international-scale auditor network alongside technical partners, industry-leading laboratories, technical centres and inspection agencies to build the capabilities needed to partner all its customers in the definition of a certification process geared to their strategy.

 


AFNOR Certification responds equally to voluntary certification initiatives and regulatory certification requirements. At European scale, the AFNOR is mandated under several European Directives to deliver the CE mark, which flags products that conform to European regulatory requirements.

 


Certification delivered through AFNOR Certification is designed to be an instrument of progress, working to the watchwords development, foresight, and the capacity to partner customers, stretching to tailoring them new products. The services portfolio offered by AFNOR Certification repurposes the standard or benchmark document into an instrument of competitive leverage.

 

 
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