Certifications and Accreditations

Cotecna is an ISO 9001 certified and ISO 17020 accredited inspection company, with ISO 17025 accreditations for its laboratories, and ISO 17021 or ISO 17065 accreditations for its certification bodies. It is also an established member of the TIC Council.

Group Certification

Cotecna implements a Quality Management System (QMS) certified to ISO 9001. This certification is conducted by AB Certification on a multi-site basis for significant offices in our network.

All ISO 9001 audits performed by Cotecna’s certification body include the audit of Cotecna offices’ compliance with the relevant Codes of Practice established by the TIC Council

Group Accreditations

Cotecna implements an Inspection Management System (IMS) accredited to ISO / IEC 17020 as an inspection body of type ‘A’ ("third party" inspection services). This accreditation is specifically designed for inspection companies and recognises the technical and management competencies of our Group in this area.

By obtaining this accreditation, Cotecna has demonstrated its capacity and competencies to operate globally, on a large scope of goods, respecting standardised processes while focusing on its clients’ needs.

The scope of the accreditation includes the inspection, sampling and weighing of agricultural commodities for offices operating as Approved Superintendents for the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA), in accordance with the GAFTA Code of Practice for Approved Superintendents.

Other Accreditations

Cotecna laboratories implement Laboratory Management Systems accredited to ISO / IEC 17025.  Cotecna’s Product Certification activities are accredited to ISO 17065, and Certification of Management Systems to ISO 17021.

Group Memberships

Cotecna is a member of the TIC Council (formerly the International Federation of Inspection Agencies - IFIA), the leading trade association for the Testing, Inspection and Certification sector.

We are a member of Transparency International Switzerland, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Transparency International (TI) brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world. The TI mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.

Cotecna is also a founding member of the Swiss-African Business Circle (SABC), a business-to-business association providing a unique platform for the exchange of experiences, projects and ideas between Swiss and African companies. SABC fosters partnerships and is opening new business perspectives between members.

Cotecna is proud of its long-standing partnerships and affiliations with the following organizations: