The Certification Pillar in KENAS offers accreditation to management systems, product, process and service certification bodies. Accreditation is based on the assessment of performance of a certification body including (as appropriate) procedures, staff competence, inspection, review of product acceptability, and reporting. Certifying bodies are accredited according to their fields of work, under the following standards:

  • ISO/IEC 17065:2012 for products, processes and services.
  • ISO/IEC 17021 management systems (quality, environment, safety, etc.);
  • ISO/IEC 17024:2003 for persons.

(a) Management Systems Certification Bodies Accreditation
Accreditation by the KENAS for management system certification bodies demonstrates that an organization has met the international standard (ISO 17021) for management system certification bodies and is able to competently assess and certify management systems. A certification body’s scope of accreditation indicates which management systems it is accredited to assess and certify (e.g. ISO 9001:2008, ISO 22000:2005, ISO 140001, ISO 18001e.t.c).

(b) Product, Processes and Services Accreditation
Product certification is a means of demonstrating that a product, process, or service satisfies specified requirements. This is a scheme that evaluates the technical competence, integrity and independence of certification bodies, based on the general requirements of ISO/IEC 17065:2012.

The overall aim of certifying products, processes or services is to give confidence to all interested parties that a product, process or service fulfills specified requirements. The value of certification is the degree of confidence and trust that is established by an impartial and competent demonstration of fulfillment of specified requirements by a third-party.

KENAS accreditation attests that a product certification body has demonstrated:
Its competence to perform specific product certifications or specific types of product certifications;
Its quality system is documented, is fully operational, and addresses and conforms to all elements of ISO/IEC 17065 and
It is operating in accordance with the required quality system.

(c)Personnel Certification Body Accreditation
This is a requirement for bodies that certify persons e.g. Associations, societies etc. The certification body should be able to demonstrate that it has fulfilled the requirements for certifying persons including the development and maintenance of a certification scheme for persons. Accreditation is based on their professional competency based on ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2003.
Accreditation of a personnel certification body is the process of assessing and publicly recognizing the credibility, impartiality and technical competence of an organization’s personnel certification services. Personnel certification bodies provide services for many professional and trade persons such as auditors, welders, and doctors.

Accreditation by KENAS instantly increases the credibility of your organization and certification services. It also increases international recognition and acceptance of the management systems certifications you issue.