What is the difference between an inspection body and a certification body?
An inspection body performs an examination of the design, product, service, process or plant and makes a determination of their conformity with specified requirements.
"The role of inspection bodies involves assessing the safety and fitness for use of specific products and materials and, confirming that the associated facilities, equipment and systems are appropriate to the work being performed. However inspections are certainly not limited to physical assets and may also include an assessment of services." (Standards Council of Canada)
A certification body performs inspection on a product and certification of their conformity to the specified requirements.
"An organization that gives third-party written assurance that a product, process or service fulfills specified requirements." (Standards Council of Canada)