Measurement & Verification
Question: Who is going to do a certification process?
Answer: A certificate is provided by an independent body, a so called certification body, assuring that the product, service or system in question meets specific requirements. Typically a certificate is based on International, European or national norms. Other than that comprehensive guidelines for instance can be used. It is important that a broad consensus on these guiding principles is given amongst the most important stakeholders. Obviously guidelines can be further developed towards a norm. Depending on the underlying document – referring to a norm or guideline for instance – the certification body can be chosen. If a company or association wants to develop a certificate for energy efficiency services for instance, a certification body has to be chosen. It is advisable that several certification bodies are evaluated as well as the standards they apply. It is also beneficial to check if the certification body is accredited. Accreditation provides independent confirmation of competence, but accreditation is not compulsory. Please read: http://transparense.eu/eu/publications/quality