17025 QMS Short Webinar 01-Certification or Accreditation? Which Should I Choose?

Certification or Accreditation? Which Should I Choose?

Webinar 1 - Accreditation vs. Certification. Which one should I choose?

This hour-long webinar will explain the main differences between Certification and Accreditation processes, and it will provide a selection rule. It will also present in detail the international structure of Conformity Assessment and the different accreditation program options being available.

Presented by an international accreditation body assessor and member of numerous technical committees with over 20 years of experience as Certification and Accreditation expert and conformity assessment trainer.


  • The world of Conformity Assessment-What it is and why we need it
  • Exploring Certification
  • Exploring Accreditation
  • Common Certification Programs
  • Common Accreditation Programs
  • Choosing between Certification and Accreditation
  • Achieving Global Recognition
  • Beware of scams!

Your Instructor

Dr. George Anastasopoulos
Dr. George Anastasopoulos

Dr. George Anastasopoulos, is the Vice President of Global Development & Compliance, for the Brea, California based, public-benefit corporation, International Accreditation Service (IAS), a globally recognized accreditation body involved in technical and scientific conformity assessment activities in multiple industrial sectors. He has also been Chairman of the International Personnel Certification Association IPC and member of the Bonn-Germany based, Accreditation Panel of the United Nations Kyoto Protocol system UNFCCC/CDM.

He is a Mechanical Engineer with an MSc and a PhD in Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He is also member of a series of technical committees such as ISO/TMBG, ASTM, IPC, ISO/TC176 and ISO/CASCO, who developed the new ISO 9001:2015 and new ISO/IEC 17025:2017. He is also actively participating in global accreditation IAF and ILAC meetings.

Dr. George Anastasopoulos is awarded with the EOQ Presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievements being at the edge of the development, use and diffusion of quality at international level through his professional activities and behaviors, personally contributing to the development of the European Quality movement through his accomplishments with a global impact in the field of quality.

Dr. Anastasopoulos presented many papers in technical and financial conferences, magazines and newspapers and is the author of many articles and books. He is also reviewer for Scientific Journals. Dr. Anastasopoulos presented many lectures as keynote speaker in topics such as Conformity Assessment, Management Systems, Business Process Reengineering, Telecoms-FTTH-IT, Quality Assurance and Process Auditing. He participated in numerous consulting and research projects sponsored by government and industry in USA, European Union and many other countries worldwide.

Course Curriculum

  Certification or Accreditation? Which Should I Choose?
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