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Accreditation or third party recognition of competence is a procedure that is based on international criteria. It is used to reliably state the competence of a operator and the credibility of the certificates it provides.
In the assessment process preceding the accreditation decision, it is ascertained that the operator fulfils the requirements for the presented scope described in the accreditation requirements. It must be possible to prove the correctness and comparability of the results.

Operating principles of FINAS

  • Fair and equal treatment of clients
  • Impartial and independent operations
  • Confidential handling of operators data at every stage of the process.
  • In accordance with the principle of transparency, accreditation decisions are public, and information on the clients’ scopes of accreditation is maintained on the FINAS website.

Accreditation is carried out according to globally uniform policies and requirements. International evaluations have revealed that FINAS’s operations are on an equal footing with accreditation activities in other countries. This enables the worl​​dwide acceptability of certificates and results issued by bodies accredited in Finland. Read more about multilaterial recognition a​rrangements on our website​.



accreditation; competence; recognition


For the clients, accreditation communicates competent operations, credibility and reliability.
Accreditation can help clients access the market
Accreditation can be used to fulfil the competence requirements set up by authorities or described in legislation and thus enable operations in the market in question
Accreditation promotes the operations of the European Internal Market by verifying that the quality of the services an accredited operator produces can be internationally trusted.
Consumers can rely on the quality of service produced by an accredited operator