Certification is a voluntary process. Any entity conducting a business for which a standard exists may ask to have its products or services certified by a certification body, such as IST. Certification is awarded for a limited period, during which the certifying body carries out monitoring. To award certification, the certifying body must itself be accredited.
The certification process.
Our staff monitors your certification position throughout the year.
Ist auditors conduct on-site inspections and draw up audit reports, which they forward to Ist head office. To provide traceability to all stakeholders in the value chain, our audits involve, for example, the entire production system: inputs, production, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, storage, distribution and import. Annual monitoring inspections are carried out, some of which are spot checks, and samples may be taken for laboratory analysis.
Certification officers study the audit reports to assess compliance with the specification's requirements. If the production method or the system proves to be compliant, Ist issues certification. Any non-compliance results in requests for remedial action and/or sanctions.
The Supervisory Committee for Certification of is an independent technical body, responsible for overseeing the proper application of certification processes, issuing opinions, monitoring changes in standards, and for reviewing appeals and complaints. It is made up of operators from the value chain, consumers and experts, and is open to government representatives.