All over the world, organisations and entrepreneurs agree that certification of best business practice provides valuable levels of reassurance for their customers.

ASCB is deemed the most popular independent accreditor of certifiers worldwide.



ASCB(E) is an independent authority established in 1995 to accredit any organisation that issues certificates of qualification, attainment or compliance. ASCB uses an international standard based quality system, but does not perform certification itself. We only do accreditation.



ASCB accredit training programmes. Training accreditation provides a vital level of confidence for Trading Standards, National & Local Governments, Chambers of Commerce, Insurance Companies and Higher Education Establishments.



ASCB provides the security that certificated organisations are also undergoing annual quality assessment. We provide unrestricted global access to verify all certificates issued within the ASCB regime. We know of no other accreditation body providing this service. Click on www.irqao.com



The public rely upon the competence and integrity of persons conducting assessments. Accreditation assist’s customers and other stakeholders build confidence and knowledge about the competence and integrity of suppliers and certifiers that have undergone accreditation.



The ASCB accreditation regime is designed to protect the public from unethical practices by demonstrating to industry and the public the competence and integrity of the professional with whom they have chosen to work.



In the interests of best Quality Assurance practice, complaints and disputes regarding organisations registered under the ASCB or any other regime may be eligible for mediation.

In 1995, ASCB was formed to accredit a range of international non-governmental certifying bodies that assess products, personnel and management systems. 

We are proudly independent and free of political interference. This means that we are not associated with government or the National Accreditation Body (NAB), in any way. Our market strength lies in not being a government appointed accreditation body. We seek only to benefit our prospective partners and the public by processes of openness, simplicity and technical validation.  For more details on the accreditation services we offer and details of our authority, please see our "How Do I Apply?" page.

Certification is a fantastic business asset but there is sometimes a misunderstanding about certification that governments deem it to be mandatory and, secondly, that all certification bodies have to be accredited by a National Accreditation Body, when in fact accreditation remains voluntary. In some circumstances accreditation by the National Accreditation Body is mandatory (e.g. designation of notified bodies in regulated sectors such as product testing and CE marking).  If you do specifically require accredited conformity assessment services in the sense of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, you should contact the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) or your country's National Accreditation Body.

It’s all about reassurance

ASCB is in fact one of the leading international accreditation bodies in the world, respected for its integrity, practicality and impartiality. We belong to the Global Accreditation Forum (GAF), an international association for accreditation, which promotes best practices in quality assurance worldwide and we pride ourselves on being technically outstanding without being overly formal or stuffy.

Like an experienced mentor, as opposed to a judgemental overseer, we’re here to ensure you navigate a thorough, but swift path through to compliance. To date ASCB has accredited over 90 certification bodies, registered over 3500 assessors, auditors and quality related personnel achievements; and certificated over 30,000 organisations.

All certificated bodies, organisations and products are placed on the International Register (IRQAO) that has a live search function, providing the user with instant verification of the authenticity of any ASCB- and other accredited certificate holder. For a world map of ASCB accredited organisations, just click here.

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