Certification Process

Our certification process is very simple and painless; we have taken out all the complications to help you move forward with the assessment and certification of your organization’s management system.

Below is a simple representation of the process, for more details look under this flowchart.

If you require any help at all with understanding the process, please feel free to contact one of our friendly assessment staff.

Certification Steps

We will issue you with an obligation free fixed fee quotation for the assessment and certification of your organization’s management system to the required standard(s). If you require any help at all or you would like a quotation please feel free to contact one of our friendly assessment staff or complete and submit the on-line quotation request form to the right of this page.

To apply for certification or to transfer your current certification(s) to us simply complete the back two pages of the quotation and send them to us via e-mail, fax, or post. As soon as we have received your application for assessment, we will process this in a timely manner.

We will assign you with a Conformity Assessment Manager (CAM) that will be a great fit for your organization in terms of personality and technical competence. Your Conformity Assessment Manager will oversee the certification process for you; they will ensure that the process runs smoothly and that you are happy 100% of the way through it. If you ever wish to change your Conformity Assessment Manager or your audit team members for any reason at all please feel free to contact one of our friendly office staff, this can be arranged with no questions asked why.

The Stage 1 Audit usually takes place at your premises and aims to establish that your management system documentation meets the requirements of the relevant standard.

This Stage 1 assessment is to:

  • Assess your management system’s level of compliance with the applicable standard(s);
  • Evaluate your organization’s physical location and its site-specific conditions and to undertake discussions with relevant personnel to determine the preparedness for the stage 2 assessment.
  • Review your understanding regarding requirements of the standard(s), in particular with respect to the identification of key performance or significant aspects, processes, objectives and operation of the management system.
  • Collect necessary information regarding the scope of your management system, your processes, and your related statutory and regulatory aspects and compliance (e.g. quality, environmental, legal aspects of your operation, associated risks, etc.) that may not have been evident from previous discussions;
  • Review the allocation of resources for the stage 2 assessment and agree with you on the details of the stage 2 assessment.
  • Provide a focus for planning the stage 2 assessment by gaining a sufficient understanding of your management system and site operations in the context of possible significant aspects.
  • Evaluate if the internal audits and management review have been planned and performed, and that the level of implementation of the management system substantiates that you are ready for the stage 2 assessment.