Certification – Trust, Accountability, Liability

  • Peter Rott

Part of the Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation book series (SEELR, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Peter Rott
    Pages 1-8
  3. Foundations

  4. Success and Shortcomings of Certification Systems

  5. Liability for Negligent Certification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Vibe Ulfbeck, Anders Møllmann
      Pages 213-229

About this book


This book offers an in-depth analysis of the function of certification in general and of certification systems in a range of different sectors.

The authors examine certification from both a theoretical and a practical standpoint and from the perspectives of different disciplines, including law, economics, management, and the social sciences. They also discuss instruments that help ensure the quality of certification, which can range from public law measures such as accreditation, to private law incentives, to deterrents, such as liability towards victims. Further, they assess the role of competition between certification bodies.

Readers will learn the commonalities as well as the necessary distinctions between certification bodies in various fields, which may stem from the different functions they serve. These similarities and differences may also be the result of different types of damage that the certified producer or service provider could potentially cause to individuals or to the public at large.

Often, companies use certification bodies as an argument to assure the general public, e.g. regarding the safety of medical products. Closer inspection reveals, however, that sometimes certification bodies themselves lack credibility. The book offers essential information on the benefits and pitfalls associated with certification.


Corporate Social Responsibility Trust services Credit rating Product safety Certification as solution to asymmetric information problem Costs and benefits of certification in the supply chain Supply chain governance and quality assurance standards Certification of sustainability of biofuels in supply chains Certification in the carbon market Certification in the Dutch construction sector certification of medical products European Data Protection Seal Sustainable certification of e-commerce businesses Private standardisation and certification under EU consumer law

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Rott
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Kassel KasselGermany

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