ISO certificates are issued by independent certification bodies (also known as registrars or certification bodies). The certification body is responsible for evaluating the organization seeking certification against the relevant ISO standards, conducting audits and other assessments, and issuing the certificate if the organization meets the requirements of the standard. The certification body will also periodically audit the certified organization to ensure ongoing compliance with the standard.
It’s important to note that ISO itself does not issue certificates, but rather develops and publishes the international standards against which organizations can be certified. The ISO standards are developed by technical committees made up of experts from around the world and are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure that they remain relevant and effective.
How to verify an ISO certificate?
- Request a copy of the ISO certificate from the organization that claims to hold it.
- Check the validity of the certificate by looking for the following details:
- The name and address of the organization that issued the certificate
- The certification number
- The name and address of the certified organization
- The scope of certification (i.e., the specific processes or activities that have been certified)
- The date of issuance and the expiration date
- Verify the authenticity of the certificate by contacting the certification body that issued the certificate. This information should be available on the certificate itself. Contact the certification body to confirm that the certificate is valid and has not been revoked.
Most ISO certification bodies offer certificate validity verification options on their website. If the certificate verification option is available, you can verify the validity by entering the certification number and date of issuance.
Be aware that some organizations may display ISO logos or claim ISO certification without actually holding a valid certificate. Verify the certificate through the steps mentioned above to ensure that it is legitimate.