1. I want to check if an organization is certified by a GAB Accredited Body to a particular standard.
Information on organizations certified by GAB accredited bodies is available from the Certified Organization Search within the GAB Register.
- Enter the first few letters of the organization name into the Organization search box. This should generate a list of organizations that match those criteria.
- If you get too many results increase the number of letters of the organization name.
- If your result is unsuccessful check the spelling of the organizationÔÇÖs name, enter fewer letters, or if the organization has more than one word in its name (i.e. ÔÇØABC ExportÔÇØ) enter a few letters of the second word (i.e. "Export").
If you are unable to locate the organization you should contact the Certification Body who certified the organization.
2. I want to get my product tested. Who do I approach?
Product testing is usually undertaken by test laboratories. An Internet search for test laboratories for your product should produce a list of testing laboratories.
3. I want to get training in a system such as QMS (ISO 9001), EMS (ISO 14001), OHSMS (OHSAS 18001), Food Safety Management Systems (ISO 22000). Where can I obtain a list of trainers?
GAB does not provide training in these areas. An internet search in which you specify the type of training, the standard, and preferred location should produce a list of training organizations.
4. I want to get my product certified for export. How do I go about this?
Export requirements are generally set by the country you are exporting to. GAB does not have information on export requirements.
5. I am a Certification or Inspection Body interested in obtaining GAB accreditation. How do I go about?
Please see in Information for Certification or Inspection Bodies on ÔÇ£How to become accreditedÔÇØ .
6. I've heard about ISO 9001. What is it?
ISO 9001 specifies requirements for a quality management system that can be used for internal application by organizations, or for certification, or for contractual purposes. It focuses on the effectiveness of the quality management system in meeting customer requirements.
If you are interested in establishing and then promoting the fact that your organizationÔÇÖs quality management system (QMS) satisfies the ISO 9001 standard contact a GAB accredited conformity assessment body (CAB)..
7. I've heard about ISO 14001. What is it?
ISO 14001 is a standard that organizations can use to demonstrate sound environmental performance by controlling the impacts of their activities consistent with their environmental policy and objectives. Environmental objectives are as defined by the organization and usually include regulatory requirements as well as voluntary objectives. If you are interested in implementing an environmental management system (EMS) based on the ISO 14001 standard in your organization contact a GAB accredited conformity assessment body (CAB).
8. WhatÔÇÖs the difference between Accreditation and Certification?
Accreditation and Certification are regularly used interchangeably. However, in the conformity assessment industry both terms have very specific meanings. In laymanÔÇÖs terms accreditation can be described as ÔÇ£certifying the certifiersÔÇØ. Conformity assessment bodies (CABs), more widely known as Certification Bodies, are accredited after they successfully undergo a process of assessment by an accreditation body like GAB, to ensure they meet international standards that among other things assess the bodyÔÇÖs impartiality and competence.
Certification is undertaken by an accredited CAB and is a process by which an independent and competent third party certifies that a product, system or person, conforms to specific requirements.