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Our management systems certification follows a simple step-by-step process, and the following apply to any ISO management system standards:
Our team assist you to complete the application process, by determining the factors important to your certification. These can include your certified scope of activities, worker numbers, certified locations and applicability of requirements. We perform a formal review of the application and calculate your assessment durations and frequency.
We provide a complete and fixed price proposal right so you know what to expect. Unlike some of our competitors, we don’t have hidden fees – just a simple and transparent proposal. When comparing certification providers, you should look out for unquantified items such as ‘admin fees’, ‘certificate fees’, and ‘change fees’. With QMS, you get what you see – full transparency at all times.
If you’re unsure if you are ready for certification, we can complete a gap analysis against the basic requirements of the standard(s). This can give you comfort that your organisation is ready for certification – or identify the gaps that still remain. A gap analysis is optional for any organisation at any time.
A Stage 1 Assessment is mandatory to review your organisation’s preparedness for certification. Our assessors will conduct a high-level review of your management system and related documents, evaluate site-specific requirements for future assessment, and consider your organisation’s readiness for the Stage 2 Compliance assessment.
A report is prepared, identifying areas of conformance or non-conformance – and any gaps in conformance will need to be addressed prior to commencement of a Stage 2 assessment.
The Stage 2 Assessment is conducted to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of your organisation’s management system. This assessment will cover all requirements of the standard(s). A comprehensive report is provided, detailing all areas of conformance or non-conformance. If no major non-conformances are issued, our assessor will recommend your organisation for certification.
We must then perform a formal technical review of the Stage 1 and Stage 2 assessment documents and make a formal decision to grant certification. If, for some reason, certification is refused, this decision will be in writing and made available to you. That said, it is extremely rare for a certification to be refused if the assessor has recommended it.
For the following two years, system reviews are required to verify the ongoing implementation and maintenance of your management system and to ensure ongoing compliance with the standard(s). The frequency of system reviews depends on many factors (such as the size and scope of the organisation and the number of certified locations) but typically it will be performed annually.
System reviews are generally a smaller assessment, focusing on key areas of the standard. A report is provided, detailing all areas of conformance or non-conformance. If no major non-conformances are issued, your certification status is maintained.
Three years after your initial successful Stage 2 Assessment, we’re required to perform a recertification. This is similar to the initial Stage 2 Assessment and reviews your ongoing compliance against all requirements of the standard(s).
A comprehensive report is provided, detailing all areas of conformance or non-conformance. If no major non-conformances are issued, our assessor will recommend continuation of certification.
At any time, as a certified client you may request a change to your scope of certification. This can occur for many reasons including a change in the activities of your organisation, an acquisition of another business, or the addition of new business locations.
We must formally review the changes applied for, and then determine if those changes will have an impact on the planned assessment frequency, assessment durations, or if any new assessment activities are required.
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