Program for the Assessment of the Competence of Certifying Bodies


When agricultural and food products subject to governmental regulations must be submitted to certification bodies, it should be with the assurance that these bodies perform their certification activities in an impartial and competent manner. For this reason, many of these organizations seek accreditation from a regulatory authority. The Program for the Assessment of the Competence of Certifying Bodies run by the CAEQ is relevant to all certifying organizations, regardless of their nature.

Assessment services pertaining to the accreditation of certification bodies

Accreditation of certification bodies applies particularly to organizations that offer certification of products which are subject to governmental regulation. It may also pertain to organizations anywhere in the world that certify products destined for Canada, according to a set of standards regulated by the Canadian government. The CAEQ is recognized by the competent authorities having responsibility for each area of certification for which the CAEQ offers accreditation assessment services.

The CAEQ operates a system conformant to the requirements of the international accreditation body standard, ISO/IEC 17011 in its work to verify the competence of certification bodies. The accreditation criteria used by the CAEQ to conduct such verification are based on the international standard ISO/IEC 17065. The documents below specify the conditions that must be met to obtain accreditation from a competent authority on behalf of which the CAEQ assesses the competence of certification bodies.

In Québec, the certification body shall also demonstrate that he has established an assessment plan to control the critical points of the Reserved Designation Specification Manual.

Evaluation procedures, accreditation process and fees