Inspection bodies conduct assessments on behalf of private clients, their parent organisations or the authorities, for the purpose of providing them with information on compliance with legislation, standards, specifications, contractual commitments, etc.

This information can include very diverse parameters relative to security, health, and the environment, and can affect the various stages of the life cycle of products, equipment and installations – from their design to their withdrawal from service – and working methods, processes or services.

Accredited inspection is now used in a variety of sectors: industry, agriculture and livestock, energy, environment, transport, health, construction, telecommunications, etc.

Activities such as safety inspections of industrial facilities, the control of discharges and waste from industrial plants, companies and work sites; the checking of environmental permits, soil inspection for the study of possible contamination, technical inspections of road vehicles or pleasure craft, inspections related to agri-food products and industries, the reception of supplies or the management and control of municipal licenses for activities are just some of the services provided by the 200+ accredited inspection bodies.

ISO/IEC 17020 is the internationally recognised standard for assessing the technical competence of inspection bodies and the standard that ENAC uses to accredit them.

All ENAC documentation relative to accreditation criteria and procedures for inspection bodies is available in the DOCUMENTS section.

Further information:

The areas of activity of inspection bodies include:

  • Control of discharges
  • Contaminated soils
  • Industrial waste
  • Environmental permits
  • Test of vehicle safety
  • Animal welfare
  • Iberian products
  • Fisheries inspection
  • Systems at risk from Legionnaires’ disease
  • Children’s parks and sporting facilities
  • Urban development licenses
  • Underground works
  • Wood packaging
  • Metal shelving
  • ...