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April 28, 2011   
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Poland’s technical inspection services have played the role of a certification organization for the past 100 years.

Certification is the activity of an organization that is a third party, independent of the manufacturer and the user, whose aim is to perform an evaluation and issue a certificate confirming that specific products, services, processes, systems or staff qualifications meet certain specified criteria.

Alongside its inspection responsibilities based on the law on technical inspection, the Office of Technical Inspection (UDT) provides commercial services, including voluntary certification, a relatively new area of the office’s expertise that has been around for just 10 years even though Poland’s technical supervision system has a tradition going back a century.

The development of voluntary certification by the UDT was a necessity at a time of Poland’s preparations for integration with the European Union. New needs, buyers and vendors of new kinds of services appeared on the Polish market. The market started being governed by new rules and began using more effective methods for advertising and attracting customers. The UDT’s previous operations involving purely inspection-related and monitoring tasks required expanding to include new options.

The UDT-CERT Certification Unit was established to act as an independent third party. After a positive outcome of the certification procedure, the unit issues written confirmation (in the form of a certificate) of the fact that a given process, product, service, person or organization meets the requirements set down in the reference documents, for example regulations, standards or technical specifications.

The Managing Council for Certification working within the unit’s structure guarantees the impartiality of the UDT-CERT. The council includes representatives of the parties with a vested interest in certification, i.e. manufacturers, their customers, technical inspection units, scientific research organizations and scientific/technical associations, without any of these parties dominating.

The UDT-CERT works with leading companies in their investment projects in Poland and abroad. The core business of the UDT-CERT is certification of management systems, certification of products and certification of personnel.
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