A: You are the victim of aggressive marketing campaigns from non-accredited ‘certification bodies’.
These bodies are not accredited by UKAS but, unfortunately, there is no legal requirement for them to be. At least one of these bodies has been successfully prosecuted under the Trade Descriptions Act but the fine was not sufficient to cause them, or others, to cease trading.
The ‘certificates’ sold by these organisations – although they look impressive – are totally worthless, as they will not be accepted by any discerning customer.
John Jeffery has visited two organisations displaying these ‘certificates’ and both failed to meet many fundamental requirements of ISO 9001. They also would certainly not have achieved registration from a UKAS accredited certification body either.