Leading global organizations support the IAF Global Certificate Database

SYDNEY, June 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has established a global certificate database to help industry and regulators verify valid accredited certifications around the world.


Supporters include: https://www.iafcertsearch.org/letters-of-support

3MAIRBUS, DUPONT, S&P Global, AT&T, Marsh, SATAIR, NUPRESS, EcoVadis, Givvable, Trust Your Supplier, CRIF, FIFO Capital, Givvable, SFDA, US DOE, UNIDO, Natural Resources Canada, IEA – International Energy Agency, IATF – International Automotive Task Force, IAQG – International Aerospace Quality Group, GATAN, Global Harmonization Working Party, Clean Energy Ministerial, Consip, Dental Trade Alliance, ISO Technical Committee, Material Exchange, Quest Forum, EFAC, ABCB, Gattorna Alignment.

IAF CertSearch, currently includes approximately 650,000 valid management system certifications from over 150 economies, representing approximately 40% of management system certifications globally.

Leading global organizations have written to the IAF encouraging IAF members to support the mandatory upload of accredited certifications to the database so that it is 100% populated, which will provide industry with a way reliable and efficient means of verifying the validity of certifications across supply chains and borders. Strong interest has been received from companies seeking to verify ESG-related certifications across the globe as they implement net zero strategies i.e. ISO 14001 Environmental Management. environment, ISO 50 001 Energy management.

IAF members will vote on whether or not certification bodies will be required to upload all valid certifications to the database for verification purposes on The 4th of July 2022. The IAF has conducted extensive market research to understand the level of industry interest. So far, more than 10,000 organizations have participated in surveys indicating overwhelming support for the database to be 100% populated.

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Or write letters of support to [email protected]

Fan Quotes

“Behalf 3M, I am writing to express our support for mandatory participation in the IAF Global Certification Database IAFCertSearch. We believe that IAFCertSearch is an indispensable tool for effective international and domestic business transactions. Although the database works well, it does not include all certifications and is therefore not reliable”

Ranjit Thakur, 3M
Director, Global Disruptive Technology & Energy Management

“Global trade relies on the rapid exchange of digital information. Complex global supply chains are commonplace in today’s world and so buyers and suppliers expect certification bodies to and accreditation bodies work together to facilitate digital verification of accredited certification.”

pointed crystalDu Pont
Global Quality Manager, Dupont

“To ensure that accreditation remains relevant and valuable in this modern world and to reduce technical barriers to trade, we urge you to support the proposal to make the IAF CertSearch database a mandatory requirement for all certification bodies ”

Thomas KaiserAIRBUS
Supply Chain & Quality Manager

In these extraordinary times, we are writing to call for urgent action to support essential changes to the IAF CertSearch database.

Beth Ford AT&T Services, Inc.
Senior Procurement Officer

If the IAF Global Certificates Database is fully populated, accurate and reliable, S&P Global may use it to verify ESG-related certifications and use this information to support ESG ratings produced by S&P Global, ensuring and organizations are known to meet these standards.

Kevin Bourne S&P Global Sustainable1
Managing Director, Head of Investment Research

“The IAF Global Certificates Database is a much needed tool for the insurance industry; however, it can only be used if it is accurate and reliable, so it should include all certifications within the insurance industry. on a global scale.”

Paul JohnsonMarsh
Marsh Advisory Manager, Pacific

Why is IAF CertSearch important?

· It helps to facilitate the verification of accredited MS certifications valid worldwide, supporting national and international trade.
· It helps industry and regulators gain transparency across their global supply chains and networks, reducing risk, improving compliance and governance.
· It improves the integrity, awareness, trust and value of accreditation while preventing fraudulent and counterfeit certificates.

With more than 2,500 certification bodies and 71 accreditation bodies signatory to the IAF MLA worldwide, validating certifications across supply chains can be challenging. The aggregation of certification data in a global database – IAFCertSearch – makes the validation process simple and efficient.

The database also helps organizations demonstrate that organizations in their supply chains meet environmental, social and governance standards. Verifiers can create watchlists and be alerted when a certificate’s status changes, creating real-time insights for verifiers, helping them manage risk in their supply chain or portfolio.

About IAF

IAF is an association of like-minded organizations dedicated to reducing risk for businesses and their customers by assuring them that accredited certificates can be relied upon worldwide.

“Certified once, accepted everywhere”.

Contact information
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Media sheet:

Statistics from the IAF database at 6 June 2022

  • 648,716 valid accredited certifications
  • 1,230 active Certification Bodies
  • 70 active signatory accreditation bodies of the IAF MLA
  • Certifications from 162 economies
  • Popular standards
    • ISO 9001 Quality Management System
    • Occupational health and safety OHSAS 18001
    • ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
    • ISO 50001 Energy Management System
    • ISO 22000 Food Safety Management
    • ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management
    • ISO 13485 Medical Device Quality Management System
  • Key industries: food supply, agriculture, medicine, pharmaceuticals, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing

More information


Letters of support

IAF website

SOURCE The International Accreditation Forum