Certification process

The ICB certification program is designed to follow an international standard – the ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity Assessment – to ensure all certification activities are consistent and reliable and conflicts of interest have been eliminated. Doing this helps the ICB protect its integrity and ensure the validity of its program.

Not only does the ICB state that it follows the international standard, it is verified by an unbiased, independent third-party entity, American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI is a private, nonprofit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems and personnel in the United States. Seven ICB certifications are ANSI-accredited with verification of conformance to all requirements set forth in the international standard.

ANSI accreditation includes rigorous review of ICB policies and procedures to demonstrate how ICB satisfies the international standard’s requirements.

After ANSI accreditation is awarded, an annual review is conducted by an ANSI assessment team to identify any changes to the certification program and to verify continued conformance to the ISO/IEC standard. ICB first earned ANSI accreditation in 2008.