FAQs

The following is a list of frequently asked questions that may address the query that you have. If your question is not listed here, please mail us at info@jas-aas.org. You will receive a response within two working days.

What is JAS-AAS?
Anawer: The Joint Accreditation System of America and Asia Services, Inc. (JAS-AAS) is the international accreditation body developing the business culture, system and environment between America, Asia and Europe. JAS-AAS is autonomous public sector body, to assess against internationally agreed standards, organizations that provide certification, testing,  inspection and calibration services. JAS-AAS operates as a public benefit organization, limited by guarantee.
Does JAS-AAS have a regulatory role?
Answer:  JAS-AAS is not a regulator. It does not have any legal or regulatory enforcement powers. JAS-AAS does however have an ‘oversight’ function and works to ensure that those organizations’ it accredits meet the applicable international accreditation standards.
What are the benefits of being JAS-AAS accredited?
Anawer: JAS-AAS accredited certification, testing and calibration and inspection reduces the need for suppliers to be assessed by each of their customers. This reduces the need for multiple assessments of suppliers and as a consequence helps to reduce barriers to trade.

Accreditation, with its many potential benefits for the quality of goods and in the provision of services throughout the supply chain, underpins practical applications of an increasingly wide range of activities across all sectors of the economy, from fishing to forestry, construction to communications.

How do I check that an organization who has JAS-AAS accreditation?
Answer: You can search the JAS-AAS website to find accredited Certification & Inspection Bodies & Testing Bodies. The tests and scope they are accredited for are listed on the organization’s accreditation schedule.
How do I check my organization certified from JAS-AAS accreditation body?
Answer: You can search  the JAS-AAS website to find Certification details.
How do I check my organization certified from JAS-AAS accreditation body?
Answer: You can search  the JAS-AAS website to find Certification details.
How do I check my personnel certified from JAS-AAS accreditation body?
Answer: You can search  the JAS-AAS website to find Certification details.
Will the certificate issued by a JAS-AAS accredited organization be recognized in other countries?
Answer: If the certificate is issued under the organization’s scope of accreditation then the certificate would be recognized.
Can JAS-AAS advise me on what standards my product has to meet in order to get it to market?
Answer: Unfortunately JAS-AAS cannot provide such a service, as we do not have any official role in the generation of product conformity requirements or technical regulations. A good place to start to obtain this information is from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
I am interested in setting up a new accreditation or certification scheme, how do I go about getting JAS-AAS recognition for this scheme?
Answer: JAS-AAS operates a new product development program, enabling us to develop innovative ways to reflect and serve the market sectors in which we operate. When exploring new or emerging areas or schemes and fields of accreditation, we start by assessing the validity of the proposal in order to establish whether:

  • There is a genuine need for accreditation and appropriate ownership of the approach being offered (driven by the market and/or government regulation or legislation and not by the evaluators);
  • The approach has been developed by relevant interested parties;
  • The evaluation criteria meet appropriate technical standards;
  • The approach is eligible for JAS-AAS accreditation i.e. in the public interest and eligible for international recognition.
What is accreditation?
Answer: Accreditation is the independent evaluation of certification bodies against recognized standards to ensure their impartiality and competence to carry out specific activities, such as tests, calibrations, inspections and certifications.

The IAF operates in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programs of conformity assessment, while laboratory and inspection accreditation is managed at the global level by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
Through the application of national and international standards, government, procurers and consumers can therefore have confidence in the calibration and test results, inspection reports and certifications provided.

Accreditation bodies are established in many countries with the primary purpose of ensuring that certification bodies are subject to oversight by an authoritative body.

What is conformity assessment?
Answer: Conformity assessment is the demonstration that what is being supplied actually meets the requirements specified or claimed. Conformity assessment can be applied to a product or a service, a process, a system, an organization or persons and includes activities such as testing, inspection, and certification.

Demonstrating compliance with standards and other criteria assumes greater importance to consumer confidence as products and services become increasingly technically complex. Conformity assessment is therefore an indispensable part of an economy’s business and standards and conformance infrastructure.

What is an accreditation body?
Answer: An accreditation body is an authoritative body that performs accreditation. In some instances, its authority is derived from government.
Its primary function is to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organizations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services (collectively known as conformity assessment bodies). Accreditation demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these organizations.

Accreditation bodies normally operate as non-profit distributing organizations.

The IAF operates in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programs of conformity assessment, while laboratory and inspection accreditation is managed at the global level by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

What is an accredited body?
Anawer: An organization that provides certification, testing, calibration, inspection and other conformity assessment services can seek accreditation. An accredited body has demonstrated that it fully meet the requirements of relevant national and international standards.

The criteria for determining a certification body’s competence are based on the relevant national or international standard (such as ISO/IEC 17024, ISO/IEC Guide 65ISO/IEC 17021) and include: the qualifications required knowledge and skills, training and experience of staff; appropriate equipment that is properly calibrated and maintained; adequate quality assurance procedures; and appropriate sampling practices.

Accredited bodies can be private or government owned, and can range in size from sole traders to large multi-disciplinary, multi-site organizations.
The IAF operates in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programs of conformity assessment, while laboratory and inspection accreditation is managed at the global level by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

What is certification?
Answer: Certification is a “third-party attestation related to products, processes, systems or persons,” as defined by ISO/IEC 17000 Conformity Assessment—Vocabulary and General Principles.

Certification is most often associated with ISO 9001 and the environmental management systems standard ISO 14001. However, certification programs exist for a range of management systems standards, including the ISO/IEC 2700 program for information security management and the ISO 22000 program for food safety management.

Product certification is the process of verifying that a product, including services and processes, meet requirements specified in contracts, regulations, or specifications.

In most countries, accreditation is voluntary, however, many certification bodies choose to seek accreditation in order to demonstrate third-party confirmation of their competence.

Copyright © All rights reserved by JAS-AAS