GAP ANALYSIS PHASE
The certification process begins with an optional gap analysis performed by Best Practice assessors. We evaluate your management system to each clause of the relevant standard. The gap analysis helps to identify the level of compliance that your existing management system has, and provides an opportunity to further develop any areas for improvement.
At the completion of the gap analysis, we provide an assessment report outlining any faults in your management system that needs to be addressed prior to certification.
STAGE ONE ASSESSMENT
The purpose of the stage one assessment is to evaluate your management system documentation, including policies, processes, management review records, scope and context as well as system implementation. It sets the foundation for the stage two assessment.
STAGE TWO ASSESSMENT
The stage two assessment is the final step of the initial certification process. To achieve certification against your systems, we need to verify that the documented requirements of the standard are implemented across the business. We visit your offices and premises as well as partake in discussions with relevant individuals in your business.
The aim of the stage two assessment is to verify that you are doing what your system documentation says you do. Your management system is assessed and verified as being implemented.
Once your stage two assessment is verified and the process is complete, a 'Statement of Certification' is issued, confirming compliance with the relevant standard.
This certification is valid for a three-year period from the date of issue.
Surveillance assessments will need to be performed on a regular basis to maintain your certification.