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Old 26th October 2008, 03:05 AM
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I can't begin to tell you how many people will insist their company is ISO 9001 Certified. Unfortunately, many, many people do not understand the distinctions between Accreditation, Registration and Certification.
We are actullay one of them since we live in that part of the world where ISO certification word is widely and commonly used

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Old 26th October 2008, 03:56 AM
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It's a distinction (registration/certification) without a significant difference. From the reference Sidney posted:

No company that I know of ever got "certified" without also getting "registered."
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We are actullay one of them since we live in that part of the world where ISO certification word is widely and commonly used
In today's world, that is true. Companies who pass their registration (aka certification) audit are given a certificate (a piece of paper) by the registrar. The registrar puts the company on their list of registered (aka certified) companies. This is where the disconnect comes in: Over the last 20 years, through use, the terms have become synonymous.

The current applicable definition from Merriam-Webster:

1: to attest authoritatively: as a: confirm b: to present in formal communication c: to attest as being true or as represented or as meeting a standard d: to attest officially to the insanity of
2: to inform with certainty : assure
3: to guarantee (a personal check) as to signature and amount by so indicating on the face
4: to recognize as having met special qualifications (as of a governmental agency or professional board) within a field <agencies that certify teachers>

Wikipedia reference-linkcertify: To attest to as the truth or meeting a standard.

The distinction is simply no longer of importance. Most people will call registration certification these days. And who cares? It's all a simple label. Being 'certified' doesn't buy you anything that being 'registered' doesn't and vice-versa.
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Old 26th October 2008, 04:07 AM
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We are actually one of them since we live in that part of the world where ISO certification word is widely and commonly used
In the "early" days, the term "registration" was preferred in the USA to avoid confusion with the word "certified" which could be interpreted as (ISO) certified products.

It's interesting to note that the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) always used the term "certification."

But as William Shakespeare already observed: "What's in a name?"

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Old 26th October 2008, 04:46 AM
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In the "early" days, the term "registration" was preferred in the USA to avoid confusion with the word "certified" which could be interpreted as (ISO) certified products.
Yes. Mainly for legal reasons.
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Old 26th October 2008, 05:26 AM
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Not trying to muddy the water further but this is how these 2 words are used in my (British Influenced) area.

A good example are practitioners of traditional medicine which our government is now trying to control.

As a first step, all practitioners of traditional medicine need to be registered. Registration here implied that you need to submit the relevant documents just as a record to the relevant government agency to inform them of your activities and also enable them to oversee it.

Next the government comes out with a set of test/examination and relevant courses for these practitioners. Within a certain time frame, these practitioners need to sit for the test, passed and will be awarded a certificate. The certification allows them to practice as certified practitioners of traditional medicine and therefore, this is the certification process. Common practice is to award a registration number to each certified practitioner - so the word registration comes in again.

If you are certified, it is understood that you are or will be registered. The same method is used for certification of engineers - although sometimes, people use terms such as professional engineers or chartered engineers (British flavor).
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Old 28th October 2008, 02:08 AM
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From the early days of 3rd party assessment certification and registration were used almost interchangeably but there is a difference. When an organization is assessed by a 3rd party generally there is a recognition of achievement through issue of a certificate - hence 'certified'.

Again in the early days there was a requirement in the UK for the names of those certified to be held in a 'register' - hence 'registered.' The UK government even published a 'Register of firms of assessed capability' a collection of all the information from all the CBs.

The difference with 'accreditation' is that the recognition is apparently produced by an organization with some formal standing e.g. government, institute etc.
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Old 7th November 2008, 04:19 PM
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This almost sounds like an urban legend, but.........

I have heard of a company that brought in a registrar to survey their system to ISO 9000 in order to document they were compliant to the standard without going through with registration. Seems like an expensive way to get documentation which should not carry any weight with the customer.
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Old 7th November 2008, 07:39 PM
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Seems like an expensive way to get documentation which should not carry any weight with the customer.
Some certificates should carry no weight with anyone, either. At the end of the day, any form of attestation that satisfies the interested stakeholders is ok.

Unfortunately, many stakeholders are ignorant about scrutinizing the attestation documents they rely on.
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