Certificate of Conformity: Quality Bearings and Beyond

Dean PayneWritten by Dean Payne

A Certificate of Conformity, or CoC, is issued by an authorized party and states that a company and its product meet the required standards or specifications.

At BDS, we certify that bearings shipped against an order meet specifications and tolerances that apply to the specific bearing and its applications. 

This article explains the differences between compliance and conformity certifications, being ISO certified, as well as traceability in manufacturing and other areas.

Certificate of Compliance: Meeting Required Product Standards

A Certificate of Compliance states that a product meets the required industry standards. It is issued by an authorized third-party agency or laboratory.

Purchasing a product that has a CofC gives customers confidence that a product is of high quality.

What's Included in the Certificate of Compliance? 

  1.  Product Identification (Bearing Type, Manufacturer, Country of Origin)

  2.  Regulations and Standards

  3.  Manufactured and Expiration Date

  4.  Additional Specifications and Process Documentation

Working with a business willing to provide a CofC allows a customer to be confident their product will be consistent and up to the current regulations. 

Certificate of Conformity: How to Exceed Industry Standards

Customers ordering from a business that provides a Certificate of Compliance may realize that the product is great, but their experience is not. A Certificate of Compliance only refers to the quality of the product, not the quality of the manufacturer or distributor.

A Certification of Conformity (often referred to as a Certification of Conformance) states that a business complies with product standards and achieves a strong business model based on customer experience.

The Certification of Conformance ensures that a business creates excellent customer interactions, efficient business practices, evidence-based decision-making, and much more.

ISO Certified: Product Consistency and Customer Satisfaction

Since 1946, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has ensured consistency and quality of products. ISO certified means an organization meets, develops, maintains, and improves its business practices.

An example of an ISO certification is the ISO 9001:2015

ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a Quality Management System where an organization:

"Needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements."


"Aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements."

Being ISO certified shows potential and existing customers that your business prides itself on providing a product that meets or exceeds industry standards.

ISO 9001:2015 focuses on meeting and exceeding customer expectations and needs, ensuring effective inventory management and quality control of bearings sold. As a result, ISO-certified manufacturers display improved quality of production standards, increasing customer satisfaction.

Bearing and Drive Systems and Bearing Manufacturing Company have earned the ISO 9001:2015 Certification. 

We believe quality is essential, and upholding standards builds confidence with our customers. This certification helps us establish and build trust with both customers and manufacturers.

Traceability in Bearings Manufacturing

For any manufacturer, traceability is essential. 

We often get asked, "Can you offer traceability?"

At BDS, we offer product C of C with all shipments upon request. Manufacturer and Government trace is available in certain situations.

Traceability has many benefits. Traceability allows you:

  • Supply Chain Visibility
  • Improved Quality Control
  • Reduced Risk 

We understand the importance of traceability and strive to create a traceable supply chain. In cases where product traceability is unavailable or not provided upon excess purchases, we offer our quality inspection against the manufacturers' prints to ensure the quality and verification that our product meets specified standards before shipping to our customers.

Closing Thoughts

Choosing the right partner with ISO approval and a Certificate of Compliance is important. The right team can guide you through the bearing manufacturing process—all while meeting and exceeding your customers' expectations. 

BDS is committed to serving our customers better by adhering to industry-leading quality standards. The ISO 9001:2015 is one of the many standards we strive to maintain as our commitment to you, our capabilities, and the value we offer our customers.

If you are in demand of a bearing manufacturing service, get in touch with our team to learn more about what makes our manufacturing services different.  

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Dean Payne

Dean Payne

My name is Dean Payne and I am the Sales Manager at BDS. I have been with BDS for 19 years and started when I was 18 years old in the warehouse. I have learned a little bit about bearings over the years and would consider myself a career-bearing guy at this point. I enjoy the challenges and the constant changing of nomenclature the bearing industry has to offer, you learn something new every single day.

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