Inspection and Verification

The KENAS Inspection and Verification accreditation program, provides Inspection bodies and Verification conformity assessment bodies with a means of demonstrating to their customers their superior competence and professional excellence skills in executing inspection and verification mandates in conformance to ISO/IEC 17020 international standard. This accreditation service is available to all inspection and verification services including in-house and independent services, from one-person operations to large-scale inspection and verification bodies.

Inspection and verification accreditation is the formal recognition of the competence of an inspection and verification body and its inspectors. With accreditation, inspection and verification services capable of performing defined inspection and verification mandates which are publicly listed. This allows customers to readily identify organisations able to meet their inspection and verification needs.

Inspection and Verification Accreditation allows an inspection and verification body to benchmark its work practices against world’s best practice. Manufacturers may also use it to offer clients assurance of their own in-house inspection and verification practices. ISO/IEC 17020 – General criteria for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection and verification is the internationally recognised inspection and verification accreditation standard. It is this document that is used by KENAS to accredit inspection and verification bodies.

Can My Business Get Accredited?
Inspection and verification accreditation is offered to all Inspection and Verification services from one person operations to in-house manufacturing inspection and verification services and wholly independent inspection and verification bodies. If your business conducts any type of inspection and verification, KENAS Inspection and Verification Accreditation provides credible and independent recognition of your expertise.

Accreditation of Inspection and Verification Bodies
Organisations can have some or all of their inspection and verification activities accredited by KENAS. Preparatory visits by KENAS staff assist in understanding the accreditation process and provide an opportunity for your staff to ask any questions they may have. A team of technical assessors is organized in consultation with your organisation and a mutually convenient time is arranged for the assessment visit.

The accreditation process includes a thorough assessment of all the documentation and activities of an inspection and verification body against the accreditation standard, ISO/IEC 17020. All elements contributing to the production of accurate and reliable inspection and verification results are reviewed including staffing, training, supervision, equipment, records and reports. Most importantly, your inspectors are observed in the field conducting inspection and verification and individually evaluated for their technical competence.

This process can take one to several days, at the end of which a detailed report on the evaluation is presented to the Inspection and Verification body management. Areas requiring attention are discussed and the whole assessment process is undertaken in a helpful, constructive manner that assists organisations to achieve compliance with the criteria in a way that helps their business.

Periodical reassessments are conducted once accreditation is achieved to ensure continued compliance with ISO/IEC 17020 and KENAS’s Inspection and Verification accreditation requirements.

Why Should I Seek Inspection and Verification Accreditation with KENAS?

  1. KENAS has systems that balance the needs for transparency with those of confidentiality and provides impartial and technically-focused evaluation of competence.
  2. As the sole accreditation body recognised by the Government of Kenya, KENAS’s operations are monitored by IAF, ILAC, industry, government and professional bodies, some of whose representatives make up KENAS’s Board.
  3. KENAS’s accreditation programs use internationally-recognised standards. Technically focused criteria include evaluation of technical competence, an aspect not provided by certification processes such as ISO 9000 certification. This specific technical evaluation, combined with KENAS’s international recognition by its overseas counterparts, offers KENAS accredited organisations world-wide recognition of their technical expertise.

KENAS is also active in, and represents its members at, national and international forums and conferences relating to accreditation standards and practice

Sectors involved in Inspection and Verification Services
Inspection of general goods, inspections of lifts and boilers, inspection of building plans, verification of balances, inspection of alarm monitoring systems etc.