Accreditation, in the conformity assessment world, is the process by which certification bodies (CBs) are recognized by independent accreditation bodies, for their capability and credibility. An accredited CB is able to certify clients as conforming to a specific standard, through a series of CB qualification steps. Accreditation reduces the risk for businesses and their customers and enhances the credibility of certification by assuring stakeholders that accredited certification bodies are competent to carry out the work they undertake.
e-Stewards program accreditation is provided by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). ANAB is among the most widely respected accreditation bodies in the world. They receive mutual recognition among other important national accreditation bodies through multi-cooperative agreements with other members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), of which they are a founding member.
ANAB was chosen to provide accreditation services for the e-Stewards program because of their:
- Demonstrated capability in accreditation of environmental and health and safety systems
- Experience in working successfully with industry specific certification initiatives
- Reputation and leadership within the international accreditation scene
- Willingness and capability to bring the e-Stewards program into the mainstream certification arena
Certification bodies and others seeking information on the requirements for accreditation for the e-Stewards program are directed to the ANAB website, www.anab.org, and Accreditation Rule #33, which describes qualification criteria.
Additional accreditation bodies may be added to the e-Stewards certification program in the future as it expands into more countries. ANAB, however, is providing accreditation services in over 100 countries currently.