The IAB is an Independent Unincorporated Accreditor serving the needs of the Certifier and Certified alike.
Management Systems are the centre core of an organisation and have a direct influence on a number of crucial considerations including, but not limited to, Quality, Environmental Concerns and Health and Safety.
There is an inevitable overlap between these systems, and as such these systems can be said to be "integrated".
Certification is internationally recognised as a valuable business asset. However there are frequent misunderstandings about certification, the most common of which are:
BIS (The UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills) in its official policy principles on Conformity Assessment and Accreditation in the UK states:
"Accreditation is applicable to both the regulated and non-regulated sectors but should remain voluntary unless required by specific legislation"