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     How can I obtain certification in a developing country?

     Certification should be done be a certification body, which is recognized in the target markets. To date, relatively few developing countries have certification bodies within their borders, which are recognized in main international markets, although the situation is changing. If a local certification body exists, it may have established co-operation with international certification bodies, which are recognized in the target markets. A local certification body thus provides market access through its co-operation with international bodies. Also, many international certification bodies have established local branches in developing countries. These branches tend to recruit local staff, which reduces costs. When no local branch exists in a given country, there might be a regional branch in a nearby country that may send a team to carry out inspections and even certification.