Both at national and international level, purchasers require guarantees about the quality of goods and services supplied to them, since the variety on offer is nowadays huge. Accordingly, a supplier can have its product or service objectively assessed or tested by a laboratory, certification or inspection body. This can be done throughout any field of work imaginable, including construction, energy, environment, drinking water, health and transport, to name a few.
If the results are good, the assessing body provides the product or service with a statement of conformity. This statement is usually in the form of a certificate or a report. Accordingly, an assessing body is known as a conformity-assessment body. It is important for this body to be competent, since only then is the statement of conformity of use and reliable.