Accreditation is the formal verification of an organization's competence to carry out a specific function. SCC is Canada’s national accreditation body. Accreditation is an independent verification that an organization has the required competency to certify others. For example, a testing laboratory that issues certificates of compliance may be accredited by SCC. Please see our video orientation module on Accreditation for more information.
Certification is the procedure by which a third party gives written assurance that a product, process, system or person conforms to specified requirements. For example, a certification body that certifies businesses to ISO 9001 may also be accredited by SCC.