Coordinated Accreditation and Approval Program.
Is your organization struggling to gain recognition and credibility for its certificate programs in the midst of a crowded market? Global Excellence Assembly's Coordinated Accreditation and Approval Program is here to provide the solution.
The Coordinated Accreditation and Approval Program (CAAP) is an initiative that aims to improve industry practices related to educational certificate programs. By offering accreditation and approval, this program ensures that products and services are safe, reliable, and meet the needs of consumers and other stakeholders.
Our accreditation and approval programs have two types of designations available: "Accredited by" and "Approved by".
The CAAP is open to industry associations, government agencies, universities, training centers, corporations, consumer groups, and organizations that develop standards for products, services, and systems.
To obtain CAAP accreditation, an organization must undergo a rigorous review process of its standards development process, ensuring that it meets certain standards and criteria such as openness, due process, consensus, balance, impartiality, independence, timeliness, relevance, review, document control, management, education, and awareness.
The cost of obtaining accreditation or approval varies depending on the organization's size, complexity, and program scope, including application fees, assessment fees, and ongoing maintenance fees.
However, the benefits of accreditation or approval can outweigh the costs for many organizations, as it can help to enhance the credibility and recognition of an organization's standards, products, and services, and can lead to increased market access and competitiveness.
In addition to providing credibility and recognition, accreditation or approval can also demonstrate an organization's commitment to quality and continuous improvement, building trust and confidence among stakeholders.
We offer accreditation and approval to various organizations and programs, including industry associations, government agencies, universities, training centers, corporations, consumer groups, and organizations that develop
standards for products, services, and systems.
In today's dynamic and fast-paced world, education and training have gained utmost significance, particularly given the plethora of programs and courses available. However, determining the credibility and effectiveness of such programs can be an arduous task.
That's where we come in. The Coordinated Accreditation and Approval Program provides a rigorous evaluation process that ensures that only the most deserving organizations receive accreditation and approval.
We provide two distinctive designations for your certificate programs: "Accredited by" and "Approved by". These designations enhance your program's credibility, give you a competitive edge, and showcase your unwavering commitment to excellence, providing your program with added recognition and prestige.
Whether you represent a training center, government agency, university, healthcare organization, or large corporation, you can apply for the CAAP if your program includes a learning event, assessment, and certificate issuance for successful participants. The CAAP, is responsible for assessing the quality and effectiveness of educational and training programs to ensure that they meet specific standards and criteria. These criteria may include program design, faculty qualifications, student support, assessment and evaluation, and program improvement.
The Coordinated Accreditation and Approval Program serves as a symbol of excellence, providing a competitive advantage and increasing the credibility and reputation of individuals and organizations in the global market.
Don't let your program get lost in the sea of mediocre programs. Join the ranks of the best by applying for the CAAP today!
1.1. GEA top management ensures that GEA is operated in a manner to safeguard objectivity and impartiality in delivering the Coordinated Accreditation and Approval Program (CAAP) services in a non-discriminatory manner.
1.2. GEA policies and procedures shall be non-discriminatory and administered in a nondiscriminatory manner. Subject to limitations in this document, GEA shall make its services available to all applicants whose application for the CAAP meets GEA’s publicly available criteria for the CAAP offered by GEA.
The CAAP shall not be conditional upon membership of any association or group. The CAAP services may be restricted without discrimination where there is an unacceptable risk to GEA. Such risks include but are not limited to evidence of fraudulent behavior, concealment of information, or providing false information in an application or in an assessment process.
1.3. All GEA personnel, contractors, and volunteers involved in the delivery of the CAAP services:
a. Shall act objectively and be free from any undue commercial, financial, or other pressures that could compromise impartiality, and
b. Are under a continual obligation to disclose potential conflicts of interest.
1.4. GEA shall not offer or provide any service that impacts its impartiality. GEA does not provide consultancy, conformity assessment services provided by GEA-accredited entities, or any other services that pose a risk to impartiality. GEA shall not suggest that the CAAP would be simpler, easier, faster, or less expensive if any specified person or consultancy was used.
1.5. CAAP decisions shall be made by persons other than those who conducted the assessment.
1.6. GEA monitors conformance to this Impartiality Policy through administration of its management system, including its process for managing risks.
Driven by national and international recognitions as well as industry and scheme recognitions. The CAAP participates in international and regional arrangements for multilateral recognition aimed at facilitating global market opportunities by building worldwide reliability of conformity assessment activities. Federal, state, and local authorities rely on the CAAP to demonstrate value and assure competency for important public priorities. Many conformity assessment scheme owners rely on the CAAP to foster consumer confidence.
Through IAF and ILAC multilateral recognition arrangements, demonstrating ISO/IEC 17011 compliance via peer assessments attesting to equal reliability worldwide.
ISO/IEC 17011 is the international standard that specifies the requirements for accreditation bodies that assess and accredit conformity assessment bodies (CABs), such as testing laboratories, certification bodies, and inspection bodies. ISO/IEC 17011 sets out the criteria that accreditation bodies must meet to demonstrate their competence, impartiality, and consistency in accrediting CABs.
Through the IAF and ILAC MLAs, accreditation bodies that are accredited to ISO/IEC 17011 are recognized as meeting internationally recognized standards and requirements for accreditation. This means that the accreditation bodies themselves have been peer-assessed and found to be competent, impartial, and consistent in their accreditation activities. As a result, conformity assessment results from CABs that are accredited by these recognized accreditation bodies are considered reliable and can be accepted worldwide.
The peer assessment process involves a team of assessors from the accreditation body conducting an on-site assessment of the conformity assessment body to determine if it meets the requirements of the relevant standard or specification. The peer assessors are trained and qualified to conduct the assessment in a consistent and objective manner, and the assessment results are subject to review and approval by the accreditation body's decision-making body.
By demonstrating ISO/IEC 17011 compliance via peer assessments and attesting to equal reliability worldwide, conformity assessment bodies can enhance their credibility and acceptance of their results globally. This can help to increase market access and competitiveness for CABs, as well as improve consumer and stakeholder confidence in the quality and reliability of products, services, and systems that are assessed by CABs.
Through U.S.Government entities and regulations that improve industry practices and distinguish quality certification programs.
The U.S. government entities and regulations play an important role in improving industry practices and distinguishing quality certification programs. The government regulates industries through laws, regulations, and policies that are designed to protect public health, safety, and the environment, and to ensure fair competition in the marketplace.
One way that the U.S. government helps to distinguish quality certification programs is by recognizing accreditation bodies that are deemed to meet certain criteria for competence and credibility. For example, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) operates the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), which provides accreditation to testing and calibration laboratories that meet certain criteria for competence and quality. Laboratories that are accredited by NVLAP are recognized as meeting internationally recognized standards for laboratory accreditation, and their test results are considered reliable and accepted by government agencies, industry, and other stakeholders.
In addition, government agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulate industries by enforcing laws and regulations related to consumer protection, product safety, and workplace safety. These agencies may require certification or testing of products and services to ensure they meet certain safety or performance standards. Certification programs that are recognized by these agencies as meeting their requirements for safety, performance, or quality may have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
The U.S. government also promotes industry best practices through programs such as the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes organizations that have demonstrated excellence in quality management and performance. Organizations that receive the Baldrige Award are recognized as role models for excellence in business and are often sought out by customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders.
Overall, the U.S. government entities and regulations help to promote quality certification programs and improve industry practices by setting standards, enforcing laws and regulations, recognizing accredited bodies, and promoting best practices in quality management and performance. This helps to enhance the credibility and acceptance of certification programs and improve the overall quality of products and services in the marketplace.
Further improves practices in fields such as inspection, laboratories, testing, and personnel certification.
In addition to government entities and regulations, there are a variety of organizations and programs that work to further improve practices in fields such as inspection, laboratories, testing, and personnel certification. These programs often involve industry associations, professional societies, and other organizations that work to develop standards, promote best practices, and ensure competence and consistency in these fields.
For example, in the field of inspection, organizations such as the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) provide training and certification programs to ensure that inspectors have the knowledge, skills, and experience to perform their duties competently and consistently. These programs often involve rigorous testing and ongoing continuing education requirements to ensure that inspectors stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and technologies.
In the laboratory field, organizations such as the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) work to promote best practices in laboratory testing and accreditation. These organizations provide accreditation to laboratories that meet certain criteria for competence and quality, and they work to ensure consistency and reliability in laboratory testing and results.
In the field of testing, organizations such as the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) and the American Welding Society (AWS) provide certification programs to ensure that individuals have the knowledge, skills, and experience to perform their testing duties competently and consistently. These programs often involve both written and practical exams to ensure that individuals are proficient in their testing techniques and methods.
Finally, in the field of personnel certification, organizations such as the International Personnel Certification Association (IPC) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) work to promote best practices in certification programs and ensure that individuals are certified based on their knowledge, skills, and experience. These organizations often provide accreditation to certification programs that meet certain criteria for competence and quality, and they work to ensure consistency and reliability in personnel certification.
Overall, these organizations and programs play an important role in improving practices in fields such as inspection, laboratories, testing, and personnel certification. By promoting best practices, ensuring competence and consistency, and providing accreditation and certification programs, these organizations help to enhance the credibility and acceptance of these practices and improve the overall quality of products and services in the marketplace.
To improve industry practices related to proficiency testing, calibration, food safety, product assurance, and environmental performance.
Improving industry practices related to proficiency testing, calibration, food safety, product assurance, and environmental performance is critical to ensuring that products and services are safe, reliable, and meet the needs of consumers and other stakeholders. There are a variety of programs and initiatives that aim to improve these practices and ensure that they meet high standards of quality and performance.
One important program in this regard is proficiency testing. Proficiency testing programs involve the regular testing of laboratory equipment and personnel to ensure that they are performing tests accurately and consistently. These programs are often administered by organizations such as the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
By participating in proficiency testing programs, laboratories can ensure that their testing procedures and personnel are up-to-date and that they are meeting the highest standards of quality and reliability.
Calibration is another area where industry practices can be improved. Calibration programs involve the regular testing and adjustment of measuring instruments to ensure that they are accurate and reliable. Organizations such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) provide accreditation to calibration laboratories that meet certain criteria for competence and quality.
By participating in these programs, laboratories can ensure that their calibration procedures are accurate and reliable, which helps to ensure that products and services are of high quality and meet the needs of consumers.
Food safety is another area where industry practices are critical. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), administered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is a comprehensive set of regulations designed to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply.
The FSMA includes provisions for preventive controls, inspections, and recalls, as well as requirements for importers and foreign suppliers. By complying with FSMA regulations, food manufacturers and suppliers can ensure that their products are safe and meet the highest standards of quality and performance.
Product assurance is also important in ensuring that products meet the needs of consumers and other stakeholders. Programs such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 certification provide a framework for quality management that can help organizations ensure that their products are of high quality and meet the needs of customers. By participating in certification programs such as ISO 9001, organizations can improve their practices related to product design, development, testing, and performance, which helps to ensure that products are reliable and meet the needs of consumers.
Finally, environmental performance is an area where industry practices are critical. Programs such as the ISO 14001 certification provide a framework for environmental management that can help organizations ensure that they are operating in an environmentally responsible manner. By participating in certification programs such as ISO 14001, organizations can improve their practices related to waste management, pollution prevention, and resource conservation, which helps to ensure that they are operating in a sustainable manner and meeting the needs of stakeholders.
Complete the form below to express your interest in the Coordinated Accreditation and Approval Program. We will make every effort to respond to your submission in a timely manner. Please be advised that your completion of this form is merely an indication of your preliminary interest in applying for the CAAP and does not automatically qualify you for eligibility.