What is a certification? Definition of certifications

A certification is a confirmation that a company or organization complies with the predefined standards or guidelines. A certification is issued by an inpedent certification authority.

Conduction of a certification – definition

A certification is conducted by an independent certification authority. The certifications is based on different standards or guidelines. This standards can be nationally or even internationally acknowledged and valid. The standards that build the basis for a certification are dependent on the sector that they are used for. Generally a certification is of limited duration. That’s why the compliance with the regulations is regularly checked and documented by an independent authority. Thus a sustainable quality can be guaranteed.

Application area of a certification

A certification can be conducted in different sectors. Part of the areas of application are products and services as well as their origin and manufacturing. People and systems can also get certified. In most cases, a certification of a company is issued voluntarily, because the company wants to benefit from the advantages. A certification is also aspired for when customers or business associates insist on the confirmation of the product or company quality.


Unabhängige Zertifizierungsstellen stellen Zertifizierungen aus.


Grundlage einer Zertifizierung können unterschiedliche Richtlinien und Standards sein.


Eine Zertifizierung garantiert Ihren Kunden eine durchgehend gute Qualität.


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Reasons that speak for a certification

A certification can be issued when a company demands it. The standards and guidelines that a certification is based on are set in accordance to the sector. Depending on the sector of application a company can sometimes choose between guidelines. Differences between standards and guidelines can be the contents, as well as the recognition of other companies. Therefore, it is very important to choose a certification based on its standard and guidelines and the area of application. A certification offers companies or organizations many advantages. For one, the usage of different, certified systems can reduce mistakes and unnecessary costs. Another thing is that a certification shows that a company places great value on specific standards that generally exceed the legal regulations by far. Moreover, a certification has a great effect on the image, because the confidence and trust is strengthened. Therefore, a certification can also be used as a marketing and advertisement tool.

Basis for a certification

The basis for certifications can differ. In many sectors many different standards are available. In many areas of certifications for food or wood working, for example, sustainability and legal cultivations are of great importance, while certifications for management systems focus on advantages for the company. Generally, the guidelines exceed the legal regulations. In many sectors

ISO standards are available for certifications. DIN standards are also used in many sectors to conduct certifications.


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