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Energy security

Having access to reliable energy supplies is essential for the smooth running of society. Secure energy supply is therefore vital and relies on efficient infrastructures for producing and distributing power.

Accreditation is widely used in the framework of the public and industrial policies deployed. By ensuring the reliability of the inspections carried out, accreditation reinforces confidence in the products used and the infrastructures employed.

  • Certification of management systems

    NF EN ISO/IEC 17021-1

    Certification of management systems by a third party is a means of getting their conformity with international norms and standards recognised, and in this way certifying that the organisation in place meets precise requirements.

    Use of an accredited conformity assessment body guarantees the latter's competence and impartiality. It is a token of confidence in the quality of the service delivered.

    Certain accredited certifications contribute in this way to ensuring the safety of people working in at-risk environments, as is the case for example with power production facilities.

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  • Certification of persons

    NF EN ISO/IEC 17024

    Certain work conducted on power distribution installations can jeopardise their reliability if it is not carried out with the utmost rigour. To prevent any malfunction, specific qualification may be required.

    To ensure that the operatives have been correctly trained, certain ordering customers require them to have accredited certification. By requiring more than simply formal qualifications, this gives the customer the assurance that the competence of these persons is monitored and periodically reassessed by bodies whose competence and impartiality are recognised by way of their accreditation.

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  • Tests

    NF EN ISO/IEC 17025

    Hydrocarbons and the materials used for the production, distribution or metering of energy are subject to many tests to ensure that they comply with the standards or specifications in force.

    Accreditation guarantees the reliability of the test results produced by laboratories. Certain certifications are also based on accredited tests.

    The nonconformity of a product may lead to major malfunctions in energy supply and therefore in the economy as a whole. Use of accredited tests makes it possible to reduce this risk and the associated costs, and reinforces the confidence of end users.

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  • Inspection

    NF EN ISO/IEC 17020

    Many facilities and installations present major risks for energy supply if they are not correctly constructed, installed or maintained.

    Carrying out regular inspections, or inspections on commissioning, enables these risks to be reduced. The fact that the inspection bodies carrying out inspections are accredited reinforces confidence in the services carried out, since the impartiality and competence of the bodies have been verified.

    Use of accredited inspections also enables the supply chain to be controlled for the inspection of suppliers and for reinforced internal inspections of product quality.

    Accredited inspections thus participate actively in the energy security of the country.

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  • Certification of products and services

    NF EN ISO/IEC 17025

    In the context of the policies that they pursue for combating climate change, the public authorities make use of accredited certifications for encouraging the production of renewable energies.

    By drawing on accreditation, they reinforce the robustness of the mechanisms that they put in place, since the impartiality and competence of the accredited bodies are demonstrated.

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