The Instituto Português de Acreditação, I.P. (IPAC), established by the Portuguese government through Decree-Law 125/2004 of 31 May, is the national accreditation board responsible for verifying that all certification bodies meet international technical standard.
ENAC - Entidad Nacional de Acreditación - is the agency designated by the Spanish government to operate in Spain as a National Accreditation Body, according to Regulation (EU) nº 765/2008, which regulates the functioning of accreditation in Europe.
INMETRO is an independent federal agency created by Act No. 5966 of December 11, 1973, CNPJ / MF under No. 00.662.270/0001-68, through the General Coordination for Accreditation - CGCRE; is the organism that elaborates the principles and policies for development, maintenance and operation of accreditation of conformity assessment bodies under the Brazilian System of Conformity Assessment - SBAC, according to the guidelines of the National Metrology, Standardization and Quality Industrial – Conmetro.
Social Accountability Accreditation Services is an accreditation body that has the responsibility to recognize and monitor the competence of certification bodies, according to international benchmarks, including the SA 8000 standard, the standard of reference for issues of ethics and working conditions. The SAAS began as a department included in the structure of Social Accountability International (SAI) in 1997 and was formally established in 2007 as a charitable.
Assurance Services International is an accreditation body for various standards and sustainability initiatives. It monitors the compliance, decision-making and activities of certification bodies through an individual and holistic approach. ASI bases its assessment and accreditation of certification bodies exclusively on proprietary schemes, such as FSC®.
This association was set up in Brussels by some companies to represent the foreign trade interests of retailers, brands and importers to European and international institutions. Amfori is the leading global association for open and sustainable trade, bringing together more than 2000 retailers, importers, brands and associations from more than 40 countries. Its mission is to enable each of its members to enhance human prosperity, to use natural resources responsibly, and to conduct global trade in an open manner.
APCER belongs to the Approved Training Partners network of CQI and IRCA, encompassing in its training offer some courses certified by this entity.
APCER is also recognized as a training entity by DGERT, guaranteeing the best standards of training provided in several areas.
IQNet - International Certification Network is an international non-governmental and not for profit association. Supported by more than 25 years of activity, IQNet is the leading, most credible, and reliable certification bodies network in the world. IQNet network currently has 35 partners which represent more than 400 subsidiaries or branches worldwide, involving more than 40,000 administrative and technical personnel, from which approximately half are auditors.
As one of the representatives and reputable players in the global conformity assessment market, IQNet actively participates in regional and global forums and organizations, investing significant resources and efforts in the credibility, ethics, competence, and value of conformity assessment, for the benefit of its Partners, its clients, and its stakeholders.
Collectively, IQNet partners provide more than 200 different management system certification and/or assessment services. These services are supported both by International Standards (e.g. published by ISO, CEN, et.,) or based on local standards or regulations.
According to IQNet Multilateral Agreement, partners have the right to issue an IQNet Statement (commonly as IQNet Certificate) in conjunction with its own certificates. Through this attestation, both the original certifying IQNet Partner and IQNet Association (representing the rest of the network) recognize that the relevant organization’s management system conforms to the defined standards or specification, including ISO9001 quality management systems (MS), ISO14001 environmental MS, OHSAS18001 occupational health and safety MS and many more.
Benefits of APCER’s participation in IQNet:
Certificates with worldwide recognition:
Headquartered in Austria, Quality Austria - a member of the IQNET or International Certification Network - emerged in 2004 from a merger of three reference bodies: OQS - Austrian Association for the Promotion of Quality and Management Systems, OVQ - Austrian Association for Quality Assurance, OQA - Austrian Society for the Promotion of Quality and AFQM - Austrian Foundation for Quality Management.
The partnerships that Quality Austria has established allows for the provision of services in various markets in Eastern and Southern Europe, Northern Africa, Asia, South and Central America and now in Portugal.
This partnership allows APCER to provide certification services based on the IFS, BRCGS and FSSC 22000 references according to increased international credibility standards and enlist network partners to conduct local audits in other countries.