What is the difference between certification and accreditation?
These terms are often confused. Certification is an attestation given by a competent certification body that a business using a reserved designation for its products complies with the specifications (standards) for that designation. The certification process requires that businesses undergo periodic inspections.
Accreditation is a check of the activities of a certification body carried out by the Conseil des Appellations Réservées et des Termes Valorisants. Its purpose is to guarantee that the work of certification is done competently and impartially. Rules of conduct must be observed.