- Written by Mark Baumgardner, CHMM
IHMM is pleased to announce that it has received reaccreditation for its CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP professional credentials. Accreditation from the American National Standards Institute [ANSI] is the highest level of accreditation excellence achievable for professional credentials. The ANSI accreditation mark is a symbol of excellence, recognized worldwide by employers, industry leaders, hiring managers, and credential holders. Since its launch in 2003, ANSI’s personnel certification accreditation program based on the international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024:2012, Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons, has helped certification programs make the journey from good to great. Over 5.2 million people worldwide and counting hold a certification from an ANSI-accredited organization.
The Value of ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation
- The ANSI mark signals to an employer that the credential holder has undergone a valid, fair, and reliable assessment to verify that s/he has the necessary competencies to practice.
- ANSI accreditation provides an added layer of legal defensibility against invalid claims.
- Many government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Federal and State OSHA, and the FDA, rely on ANSI accreditation as it assures the competency of the certification program.
- The accountability and transparency built into the ANSI process support conformity assessment attestations, and can result in reduced liability insurance.
ANSI is the first personnel certification accreditation body in the United States to meet internationally accepted practices for accreditation, and the first to become a signatory to the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) Multilateral Arrangement (MLA) for ISO/IEC 17024. Additionally, ANSI is the sole US representative to the International Organization of Standardization (ISO). ANSI's international involvement and recognition saves time and money for ANSI-accredited certification bodies looking to expand into international markets.