Bogus British Company “Accredits” OMICS Conferences


Accreditation for sale.

Accreditation for sale.

Notorious open-access publisher OMICS International operates a scholarly conference division called Conference Series LLC. I learned recently that a London-based corporation called The CPD Standards Office has “accredited” all of OMICS International’s exploitative conferences.



A linked logo now appears on all of OMICS’ conferences. The logo reads “Accredited CPD.” Clicking on the logo brings one to a page like this one [PDF] called the “CPD Standards Factsheet.”

In actuality, the facts are that OMICS has paid this firm to accredit its bogus conferences. Any accreditation agency that grants accreditation to OMICS International or its divisions has no value as an accreditor.

This is confirmed by the CPD’s website which says,

The CPDSO accreditation services do not have a pass / fail philosophy, our friendly assessment team will work with you to achieve CPDSO accreditation successfully.

Indeed, all a firm has to do is pay, and the accreditation is granted. If this agency accredits OMICS and its brand, then surely it will accredit anything.

Now we get it.

Now we get it.

It is clear why OMICS International / wants to emblazon its conference websites with the bogus CPD logo. It tricks people and universities into thinking the conferences are authentic, when they are really just a predatory means of exploiting university travel funds.

In fact, this is how CPD markets its automatic accreditation services to conference organizers such as OMICS.

I recommend that researchers avoid all journals published under the OMICS International umbrella and avoid all conferences organized by

Moreover, I recommend strong skepticism towards anything “accredited” by the CPD Standards Office.

15 Responses to Bogus British Company “Accredits” OMICS Conferences

  1. Manfred Raida says:

    Just checked “conferences” starting in 3 days have no program up, no speakers, quite late. Many photos of speakers are presented in an offending way, either stretched or squeezed, same people show up again and again. Some “conference” are run in parallel, great if organizers can do this :-). Universities should be warned not to allow spending money for these bogus events.

  2. Lalitha Pasam says:


    what about CME and CE accredits for OMICS events???



  3. The Philosopher says:


  4. Marco says:

    The (sad) thing is that CPD is a genuine organization that has done some useful stuff and actually has an important role in continuing professional development.

    Somewhat interesting, however, is that according to the CPD Standards Office, conference series LLC “…is currently under CPDSO investigation”

    • Thanks for the link. I am happy to see they are re-considering. However, an accreditation agency should not make such blunders. They are supposed to be the experts and do proper vetting. It appears they completely fell asleep at the wheel here, or the prospect of earning money to “accredit” the many hundreds of OMICS conferences was too much for them to resist.

      • Marco says:

        Remember that this is OMICS. It is possible they never accredited any OMICS conferences, but rather that OMICS requested it, and CPDSO is still investigating. Just like people who have been asked to give a presentation or be part of the Editorial Board have seen themselves listed as presenting or Editorial Board member well before they responded (or after, and even if their response was negative).

  5. tekija says:

    Good grief, I did not know that Finland has annexed Texas and UK

    • Marco says:

      All your base are belong to Finland!

    • Wolfgang Muß (= MUSZ or MUSS) says:

      ‘LONDON, Finland’
      ( to be found below the header-line(s)

      Upcoming Finland Conferences
      Finland Conferences 2017 )

      for sure only was a unique “misspelling [ Freudian slip] for “Helsinki” ! (:-))

      Conference Series Ltd
      19th Nano Congress for Next Generation
      August 21-22, 2017 Helsinki, Finland

  6. I wouldn’t say the CPD Standards are a bogus company personally – Google are actually partnered with them and one would think the ‘owners’ of the world wide web would be wise to a scam! Perhaps an oversight to support Omics on the part of CPDSO?

  7. Ed says:

    I think you might want to write about the ConferenceSeries event that accepted in three hours a gibberish paper generated with iOS auto-complete, and perhaps contact Christoph Bartneck of the University of Canterbury, NZ, who “authored” the work. Two relevant references: and per

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