Accreditation is a process in which is certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented.

Organizations that issue credentials or certify third parties against official standards are themselves formally accredited by accreditation bodies (such as UKAS); hence they are sometimes known as "accredited certification bodies". [ ['Accreditation%20of%20certification%20bodies' USDA ISO Guide 65 Program Accreditation for Certification Bodies] , US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, August 9, 2007] The accreditation process ensures that their certification practices are acceptable, typically meaning that they are competent to test and certify third parties, behave ethically, and employ suitable quality assurance.

One example of accreditation is the accreditation of testing laboratories and certification specialists that are permitted to issue official certificates of compliance with established standards, such as physical, chemical, forensic, quality, and security standards. [ [ Accreditation of Certification Bodies] , Forest Stewardship Council website (accessed January 25, 2008)]

Accreditation processes are used in a wide variety of fields:

* Accredited investor
* Accredited in Public Relations
* Accredited Registrar
* Diplomatic accreditation
* Email sender accreditation
* Professional certification
* Healthcare
**International healthcare accreditation
**Hospital accreditation
**Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
**Trent Accreditation Scheme
**United Kingdom Accreditation Forum
* Educational accreditation
** List of recognized accreditation associations of higher learning
** Regional accreditation (United States)
** Accreditation mill
** List of unrecognized accreditation associations of higher learning
** List of unaccredited institutions of higher learning

See also

*Accreditation Council "(disambiguation)"
* Verification and Validation
* International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation
*Quality assurance
*Standards organization
* Validation
*Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik


External links

* [ European co-operation for Accreditation] - a member of International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation
* [ International Accreditation Service] - a subsidiary of International Code Council
* [ International Organic Accreditation Service]
* [ Analytic Quality Glossary: Accreditation]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Accreditation — third party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks (d. 5.6 ISO/IEC 17000:2004). Источник …   Словарь-справочник терминов нормативно-технической документации

  • accréditation — [ akreditasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1853; de accréditer ♦ Action d accréditer (un agent diplomatique) auprès d un gouvernement étranger. Accréditation d un ambassadeur auprès d un chef d État. Par ext. Accréditation d un journaliste à suivre une épreuve… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Accreditation — Ac*cred i*ta tion, n. The act of accrediting; as, letters of accreditation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Accreditation UK — [Accreditation UK] a British organization run by the ↑British Council and ↑English UK that gives official approval to schools and colleges that teach English as a foreign language …   Useful english dictionary

  • accreditation — index jurat Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • accreditation — (n.) 1806, noun of action from ACCREDIT (Cf. accredit) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Accréditation — L’accréditation est une reconnaissance par un organisme tiers de la compétence d’une organisation (entreprise, ONG, etc.) dans un domaine donné. L’accréditation peut être une démarche volontaire, pour mettre en valeur sa compétence ou une… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • accreditation — accredited ac‧cred‧it‧ed [əˈkredtd] adjective officially accepted as being of a satisfactory or high standard, or permitted to do a particular kind of work: • We are working towards a nationally accredited system of training. • The data is… …   Financial and business terms

  • accreditation — akreditavimas statusas Aprobuotas sritis Standartizacija ir metrologija apibrėžtis Procedūra, kuria valdžios įgaliota įstaiga oficialiai pripažįsta, kad fizinis ar juridinis asmuo kompetentingi atlikti tam tikrus darbus. atitikmenys: angl.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • accreditation — akreditavimas statusas T sritis Standartizacija ir metrologija apibrėžtis Procedūra, kuria Nacionalinis akreditacijos biuras pripažįsta, kad juridinis asmuo ar įmonė, neturinti juridinio asmens teisių, gali užsiimti atitikties įvertinimu.… …   Penkiakalbis aiškinamasis metrologijos terminų žodynas

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.