IFIA – The International Federation of Inspection Agencies and CEOC International - Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organisations are the two sister organisations speaking on behalf of the independent Conformity Assessment Bodies who provide testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services globally. The members of CEOC and IFIA employ over 350,000 employees and have a combined turnover of roughly €25 Billion.
Consumer Product Safety and the fight against counterfeiting are ranking high on the agendas of CEOC International and IFIA, for this reason, the two associations have been conducting market studies over the past 5 years (2012 – 2016) showing the difference between the level of compliance of self-declared products, versus those that are certified by an independent third-party body.
CEOC International and IFIA believe that independent third-party testing has a key role in helping small, medium and large enterprises navigate constantly changing global regulatory requirements and certifying they meet those standards in a more cost-effective way. This, in turn will ensure a level playing field for all economic operators regardless of their size.