Construction inspection accreditation


Construction Inspection Body Accreditation Program for Special Inspection Agencies

The construction inspection body accreditation program is designed with the objective to promote confidence in inspection by assuring the quality of inspection bodies and the inspections performed through compliance with ISO/IEC 17020. This accreditation process involves an assessment of the agencies competence for performing special inspections and the consistency of their inspection activities. ANAB accredits agencies that perform inspections of materials, products, installations, processes, or services. We also accredit inspection bodies that are providing FEB inspection services under NFPA 790 and NFPA 791; as well as Fire Doors and Frames, in accordance with NFPA 80 and NFPA 105.

Special Inspections are inspections required by the International Building Code (IBC) or other specific State codes, for materials testing, installation, fabrication, erection, or replacement of components and connections requiring special expertise to ensure compliance with approved construction documents, ASTM Standards and the building codes. Accredited construction inspection bodies are required to operate under a quality management system and have processes and procedures in place for assuring the quality of the inspection activities performed. This includes requirements for assuring the competency of Special Inspectors and assuring the validity of inspection methodology and techniques. Along with confirming the technical competence for specific inspections, ANAB will ensure that your organization has the appropriate management system procedures in place, per ISO/IEC 17020, to maintain that competence.

Programs such as City of New York, Department of Buildings, City of Philadelphia, Washington Association of Building Officials, and many others around the world recognize ANAB as an approved Accreditation Body for the ISO/IEC 17020 standard.

The ANAB inspection program will help move your construction related inspections toward global recognition, consistent operations, and a competitive advantage and will provide assurance of the quality of inspection activities with the objective of promoting confidence in your company’s inspection program. Accreditation is often regarded as an internationally recognized approval and helps your inspection reports be accepted more readily. ANAB accredited inspection bodies are recognized internationally, helping to reduce costs for your clients.

Our goal through inspection accreditation is to improve the quality of inspection bodies and the quality of the data they produce. ANAB accreditation managers have direct, relevant experience in the Special Inspection industry and are backed up by inspection experts that also have practical experience in the field and are often viewed as peers to the inspection bodies. Our accreditation managers and assessors are also heavily involved on ATM, NFPA, ACIL and other industry rule making committees, which allows them to bring direct, industry relevant experience to their role.

The ANAB inspection body accreditation program is well-established and should be your choice for accreditation of construction related inspection activities.


accreditation process steps

Steps for Getting Accredited

  • Request a Quote
  • File Application
  • Prepare for Accreditation Assessment
  • Submit Documentation for Review
  • (Optional) Preliminary Assessment
  • Accreditation Assessment
  • Corrective Action (if applicable)
  • ANAB Accreditation Decision
  • Receive Accreditation Certificate

ISO/IEC 17020

Conformity Assessment – Requirements For The Operation Of Various Types Of Bodies Performing Inspection

ISO/IEC 17020 specifies requirements for the competence of bodies performing inspection and for the impartiality and consistency of their inspection activities.

It applies to inspection bodies of type A, B or C, as defined in ISO/IEC 17020, and it applies to any stage of inspection.

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Paul Matera

Senior Manager of Accreditation, Inspection, Laboratories, and Related Activities


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