There are many logistics and supply chain management hub in the Asia, Europe and Australia region. In addition, the logistics industry is a key driver of the local economy.

Safety and quality are key priorities in handling the large volume and sometimes dangerous nature of goods transported by sea. Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) can provide the assurance needed, and some forms of accreditation are deemed mandatory by regulators.

Inspection bodies can help to fulfil many of these needs, from bunker surveys to hold and hatch inspections, as well as marine asbestos inspections. Testing and inspection may also be conducted on bunker fuel, to assess conformance to TR 48 specifications. Where relevant, businesses may wish to engage inspection services for cranes and other lifting equipment to verify their safety.

In the logistics industry, the most relevant forms of certification include occupational safety and health management systems, as well as quality management systems. Business continuity management certification may also be important for ensuring the quality of business continuity practices. Certification for standard supply chain security (ISO 28000) is an industry-specific form of accreditation that adds value to your business.

The International Directorate of Accreditation (IDA) has accreditation schemes for Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) providing the services outlined above. These help to instil a higher level of trust in the accuracy and quality of conformity assessment results.

The following IDA accreditation schemes are applicable to the Logistics industry:

Scheme Field
Laboratories Calibration & Measurement
Mechanical Testing
Inspection Bodies Cargo Inspection
Management Systems Certification Bodies Business Continuity Management
Environmental Management System
Learning Service Providers
Occupational Safety & Health Management System
Quality Management System