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Certification section

Certification section

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Definitions

Cofrac's Certifications section is responsible for inspecting the bodies that issue certifications, verifications or qualifications:

  • Certification is an attestation provided by a third party regarding products, processes, systems or personnel, using audits, tests, examinations and any other surveillance activity. (Examples: ISO 9001, Organic Farming, Real Estate Diagnosticians, Low-Consumption Buildings, etc.). To find out more, click here.
  • Verification is a systematic, independent and documented process for the evaluation of a declaration in relation to approved criteria.
    • EMAS: accreditation of bodies verifying environmental statements pursuant to EC Regulation No 1221/2009.
    • GES: accreditation of bodies verifying statements on Greenhouse Gas emissions pursuant the NF EN ISO 14065 standard, and the EU Regulation n°600/2012 document for fixed installations and aviation  or the UE Regulation 2015/157 for the maritime transport..
  • The qualification of firm is a conformity certificate issued by a third party on the aptitude of an organisation to demonstrate its ability to perform service provisions (examination of files by a jury) pursuant to the standard, NF X 50-091.

Recognition

Cofrac's Certification section applies the requirements established by the standard, ISO/IEC 17011, and are recognised:

  • By EA and IAF within the framework of multilateral recognition agreements for the accreditation activities of certification and verification bodies;
  • By the French State, pursuant to Decree No 2008-1401 of 12/19/2008 (Article 2) and the competent authorities concerned, e.g. INAO for the certification of Signs of Identification of Quality and Origin.
  • By private instructing parties:
    • French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS), for the accreditation of certification bodies in the aerospace field;
    • Coop de France for the accreditation of bodies issuing certification according to the standard, NF V 01-005;
    • PEFC France, PEFC Belgium and PAFC Gabon, for the accreditation of certification bodies according to PEFC standards (Pan European Forest Certification);
    • EDEDIS for the certification of fitters of underground wiring systems;
    • Fédération des Entreprises du Commerce et de la Distribution (FCD) for IFS certification;
    • British Retailer Consortium (BRC) for BRC certification;
    • Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) for certification in the field of food safety;
    • Food+ for GLOBAL GAP certification;
    • Etc.

The various certifications accredited by Cofrac

Certification of products, services or processes

  • Definition: Certificate of conformity assessment for products, services or processes provided by a third party.
  • Examples: Label Rouge, NF marking, Organic Farming, BBC, IFS, etc.
  • Accreditation standard: NF EN 17065 (also called ISO/IEC 65 Guide).
  • Fields covered: click here (in French)
  • Accredited bodies: click here

Certification of personnel

  • Definition: Certificate of conformity assessment on the competence of personnel provided by a third party.
  • Examples: Real estate diagnosticians, management systems auditors, etc.
  • Accreditation standard: ISO/IEC 17024
  • Fields covered: click here (in French)
  • Accredited bodies: click here

Certification of management systems

  • Definition: Certificate of conformity assessment of management systems put in place by an organisation, provided by a third party.
  • Examples: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, EN 9100, ISO 22000, etc.
  • Accreditation standard: ISO/IEC 17021
  • Fields covered: click here (in French)
  • Accredited bodies: click here

CE marking is applied on completion of a successful conformity assessment procedure (inspection) on the essential requirements included in the Directives. Depending on the hazardousness of the products, the procedure varies from a simple self-assessment by the manufacturer to the verification per unit by a notified body or the implementation of a quality assurance system (standard ISO 9001), inspected by an accredited body.

For more information, consult the list of products concerned using the NANDO database.

Verification of greenhouse gas emissions statements

  • Definition: Certificate of conformity assessment of greenhouse gas emissions statement issued by industrials, airlines or maritime companies provided by a third party.
  • Examples: Verification of greenhouse gas emissions statement issued by industrials, airlines or maritime companies, or verification of monitoring plans prepared by maritime companies.
  • Accreditation standard: NF EN ISO 14065 (+UE Regulation n°600/2012 for fixed installations and aviation + UE Regulation n°2015/757 for maritime transport).
  • Fields covered: click here (in French)
  • Accredited bodies: click here (in French) 

Qualification of firms

Definition: Certificate of conformity assessment issued by a third party on the aptitude of an organization to demonstrate its ability to perform service provisions (examination of files by a jury).

Examples: Qualification of firms, qualification of firms issuing service provisions in the field of energy performance.

Accreditation standard: NFX 50-091

Fields covered: click here (in French)

Accredited bodies: click here (in French)