a form of certification granted to an organisation under the Rail Safety Act by the Department of Transport that confers on the organisation the status of an operator.
a comprehensive process that involves scrutiny of governance, fiscal management, human resources management, service delivery and commitment to quality improvement
Accreditation is the process by which a certification body is authorised to assess a management system against a particular standard, such as ISO 14001. Accreditation does NOT apply to certification itself! Accreditation involves checking that the certification body's formula for assessing a company is in line with the relevant ISO guidelines. In other words, an accreditation body is tasked with checking that certification bodies are capable of providing accredited certification. Accreditation bodies are also subject to scrutiny and are overseen by the International Accreditation Forum.