Our International Qualifications
V-Trust has gone the extra mile not only to conform to international and local laws by having the proper accreditation, but also by becoming members of official organizations that represent the inspection industry. IFIA (International Federation of Inspection Agencies) represents over 40 of the worlds leading inspection, testing and certification companies. IFIA has high standards for its members regarding integrity and compliance. Annual audits must be passed based on a strict compliance program in order to be members of IFIA.
CNAS 17020 Accreditation
V-Trust is accredited by CNAS 17020 (ISO17020 / IEC17020) since 2010. As a fully accredited Inspection Body, V-Trust is legally authorized to perform related services in China. China National Accreditation Service (CNAS) accreditation is recognized by over 77 countries within ILAC, ISO and IEC. Many Chinese inspection companies are actually not approved by CNAS. From a legal point of view, the technical and quality assurance level of such companies (without AQSIQ and CNAS17020 accreditation) are not qualified.
AQSIQ (The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine) is a ministerial-level department under the State Council of China that is in charge of national quality, entry-exit commodity inspection, import-export products safety, certification and accreditation, as well as administrative law enforcement. From a legal point of view, an independent third party inspection company should get both AQSIQ and CNAS17020 accreditation, then this inspection company can be operated in China legally. More than that, the inspection reports only from such accredited companies have legal validity.
V-Trust has gone the extra mile not only to conform to international and local laws by having the proper accreditation, but also by becoming members of official organizations that represent the inspection industry. TIC represents over 40 of the world's leading inspection, testing and certification companies. TIC has high standards for its members regarding integrity and compliance. Annual audits must be passed based on a strict compliance program in order to be members of TIC.
Sedex Affiliate Audit Company (AAC)
V-Trust is a Sedex AAC and it provides SMETA social audit in China, India and Vietnam. From 1st November 2018, only audit companies who have been accepted as AACs and are registered on the Sedex Information Exchange platform can conduct third-party SMETA audits. SMETA is the world’s most commonly used ethical audit format and it works to drive convergence in ethical trade / social auditing, helping to shape best practice. It’s applied based on a system of methods, appointing a collection of best practice ethical audit techniques. Over 50,000 members use Sedex SMETA audits across more than 150 countries, to identify and manage risk in their supply chain.
V-Trust is the partner level organizational member of ASQ (American Society for Quality). ASQ is the most influential organization in the field of international quality academic management and exchange, providing enhanced expertise, professional networks, tools, and solutions to advance the products, services, and industries.
International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) is an international organization that certifies Inspection bodies and 3rd party labs. ILAC represents 77 economies including: (Canada, Germany, France, UK, USA, Japan...). V-Trust is accredited by ILAC and is fully recognized by all representative countries.
V-Trust is a member of the Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP), which offers the tools and system to measure working conditions in global supply chain. It aims to achieve a brighter future by means of sharing comparable and verified high-quality data that increases transparency and eliminates audit fatigue to free up and redeploy resources.