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  • Certification Process Release time: 2016/11/18 View: 1713
  • Certification Process
    Client submits application for initial certification

    Exchange of information between client and certification body
    Review of application for Certification
    Identification of areas of concern and request for additional information (if applicable)
    Development of audit programme
    Proposal for certification and confirmation of audit programme
    Client and certification body engage in formal arrangements for certification
    Initial certification
    Select and appoint competent stage 1 audit team
    Plan for stage 1 Audit
    Perform stage 1 Audit
    Resolve stage 1 audit areas of concern (if applicable)
    Confirm/appoint competent stage 2 audit team
    Plan for stage 2 audit(s)
    Perform stage 2 audit(s)
    Resolve stage 2 audit areas of concern (if applicable)
    Initial certification audit conclusions
    Initial certification decision
    Granting of initial certification and issuance of certification documents
    Surveillance audits

    (First surveillance audit to take place within 12 months of stage 2 audit, then at least annually)

    Exchange of information between client and certification body (e.g. change of scope);
    Determine if changes to audit programme required
    Confirm audit programme and communicate to client
    Confirm/appoint competent audit team
    Plan for surveillance audit
    Perform surveillance audit
    Resolve surveillance audit areas of concern (if applicable)
    Surveillance audit conclusions
    Independent review of certification (if required)
    Issuance of certification documents (if applicable)
    Recertification
    (Recertification activities to be  completed before expiry of certification)

    Exchange of information between client and certification body (e.g. change of scope);
    Determine if changes to audit programme required
    Recertification audit planning
    Confirm audit programme and communicate to client
    Confirm/appoint competent audit team
    Plan for recertification audit
    Perform recertification audit
    Resolve recertification audit areas of concern (if applicable)
    Recertification audit conclusions
    Recertification decision
    Granting of recertification and issuance of certification documents
    Extension to scope

    Client submits application; exchange of information between client and certification body
    Review of application for Extension
    Identification of areas of concern and request for additional information (if applicable)
    Determination of necessary audit activities
    Audit performed similar to stage 2 audit
    Resolve audit areas of concern (if applicable)
    Extension audit conclusions
    Decision on extension of certification scope
    Granting of extension to certification and issuance of certification documents
    Reducing the scope

    Surveillance/recertification/special audit performed
    Client fails to meet certification requirements for some parts of the scope of certification
    Review and decision on scope of certification reduction
    Scope reduction and issuance of certification documents
    Suspending the certification
    Surveillance/special audit performed
    Client fails to meet certification/contractual requirements by solving areas of concern
    Decision on suspending certification (maximum 6 months)
    Notice on certification suspension
    Withdrawing the certification

    Client fails to meet certification/contractual requirements within the suspension period
    Decision on withdrawing certification
    Notice on certification withdraw