A bit of background here.....
There is a Standard know as ISO Guide 65, which is product certification.....when you look on the back of your TV and see the UL symbol or on a BBQ grill and see a CSA symbol, or on the inside of a hotel door and see a Warnock-Hersey sticker, that means the products received rigorus testing, and the certification is issued under the ISO Guide 65 accreditation.....
The link to the announcement is included immediatly below this line:
The International Accreditation Service (IAS) is recognized internationally for its work in
accrediting laboratories and inspection bodies by the International Laboratory Accreditation
Cooperation (ILAC) and the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) as an
accreditation body that complies with ISO/IEC Standard 17011, Conformity assessment - General
requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies. ISO/IEC 17011 also
applies to bodies that accredit product certification agencies and other conformity assessment activities
Many organizations that maintain accreditation of their laboratories and inspection agencies with IAS also operate product certification programs for their customers. In the past two years, IAS has received
several requests from our clients to offer accreditation of their certification programs under ISO/IEC
Guide 65, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems. After much
discussion in several meetings of the IAS Technical Advisory Council (TAC), the TAC has
recommended to the IAS Board of Directors that IAS launch a new accreditation program under
ISO/IEC Guide 65. The board has agreed with this recommendation.
The purpose of this letter is to announce that effective December 1, 2006; IAS will begin accepting
applications for accreditation of product certification programs under ISO/IEC Guide 65
As we launch this new program, IASís primary focus will be in building and construction and related
fields because that is where our experience lies and it is what we do best. As the program matures, we
will open it to other disciplines as the opportunities arise.