Conformity assessment is the process used to show that a product, service or system meets specified requirements. These requirements are likely to be contained in an ISO standard. But, ISO itself does not perform conformity assessments.
Showing that a product, service or system meets certain requirements has a number of benefits:
- It provides consumers with added confidence.
- It gives the company a competitive edge.
- It helps regulators ensure that health, safety or environmental conditions are met.
The main forms of conformity assessment are certification, inspection and testing. Although testing is the most widely used, certification is the best known.