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As is stipulated in the international standards, a certification body has to act in total independence, free from ties to its customers. AFNOR Certification is not just a trusted third party standing firm in its advocacy of independence and confidentiality; we go the extra mile to guarantee that our code of professional ethics is shared by all teams and adopted throughout our partner networks.
AFNOR policy is braided by three central strands: impartiality in judgements on the issuing of certification, equal treatment for all applicants and all certification-holders, and fully transparent decision-making.
AFNOR Certification coordinates a 1500-strong network of qualified, experienced auditors. Most of them also have a 'day job' alongside their auditor role. These auditors perform to the very same code of professional conduct as that governing the AFNOR: impartiality, professionalism, hands-on guidance. They are duty-bound to refresh their qualifications and their in-depth knowledge of the reference frameworks that they audit. AFNOR Certification tasks them to missions according to each customer's specific profile: their business, size, language, radius of activity, corporate culture, and so on…
AFNOR Certification's qualified auditors are renowned for their independence, their talent for consensus-building and co-development, and their full mastery of the target business sector.
The assessment and certification services offered by AFNOR Certification are delivered, in the main, through two world-class quality marks: AFAQ and NF. The NF mark activity mobilizes a comprehensive network of impartial and competently-skilled technical bodies (industry-leading laboratories, technical centres and inspection agencies), all AFNOR Certification partners.
All are COFRAC-accredited. They boast insider scientific knowledge and field-proven technical skills in their respective areas of action. It is this network-driven setup that drives AFAQ and NF mark development and market-awareness.
Our code of ethics triangulates around:
"AFNOR Certification has set up an organization in order to provide high-quality assessment and inspections services to its customers. In this way, AFNOR Certification and its major partners are awarded through these COFRAC accreditations.
As Chairman of AFNOR Certification, I commit:
As such, AFNOR Certification meets the criteria of independence of the standard NF EN ISO / CIE 17020 by a status of third party of type A because its organisation and its staff are independent from stakeholders parties in the inspection.
Moreover, our Surveillance and Improvement Committee gathering the different certification stakeholder groups, monitors the certification process, guarantees impartiality in our processes and makes sure that there are no conflicts of interest. External members bring their support, as they are assigned to monitor the certification process and to report back to the Strategic Committee.
AFNOR core values are disciplined action, ethical conduct, respect for our customers and the level of service we owe to them. These values lead us to deliver professional-standard services to each individual customer and to prompt us to continually looking for new perspectives and improvement for the quality of our certification, assessment and inspection service delivery. Everyone working for or with the AFNOR makes a personal commitment to respect and to meet these values, and to warn us for any conflict of interest.”
Daniel Rivière, Chairman of AFNOR Certification
AFNOR Certification customers are guaranteed hands-on guidance from a dedicated correspondent throughout the assessment and/or certification process. One of the secrets to AFNOR Certification's success has been its ability to reproduce this customer-tailored follow-up at international scale, through local branches in over 90 countries across five continents, and through 14 regional delegations on French home turf. The French delegations organize events and host certification-holder club meetings (the 'Clubs des Certifiés') where participants can network and exchange feedback.
EAFNOR Certification offers the same level of quality service delivery in France and abroad, driving improved performance for customers worldwide.
The contesting of a certification decision has not a suspensive effect.
(examples: Audit service, commercial relation, sent documents…)
The financial purpose complaints are not acceptable when the contractual conditions were respected.
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