Introduction to 3rd Party Certification
Third-party certification involves an independent assessment declaring that specified requirements pertaining to a product, person, process or management system have been met.
A Certification Body is a third-party, accredited body which is entitled by an Accreditation Body such as JAS-ANZ (The Joint Accreditation System of Australia & New Zealand). A certification body assesses compliance to standards and provides an official certification mark or a declaration of conformity.
Benefits of 3rd Party Certification:
- An objective review of your organisation and suggestions for improvements that can be made,
- Eligibility to tender for government work – for many tenders certification to quality, safety, and environment standards is a mandatory requirement,
- Formal recognition of your management processes for external stakeholders,
- Improved customer confidence in your services.
Certification of your management system provides your business with identifiable external recognition of operational excellence and compliance. Documenting your processes, implementing what you said you would do, and then working to improve this is the foundation of a management system for your organisation.
With good planning, objectives, and review processes you’ll have a better guide on business performance. Documented management systems that includes these elements means your stakeholders, shareholders, regulators, management and staff are rest assured you have implemented best practice in your business.
THIRD PARTY CERTIFICATION PHASES
The Certification Body determine your specific requirements based on the nature and scope of your business activities, expected exclusions, number of staff and other relevant information related to each program.
Gap Analysis Phase (Provided by DIY Compliance)
We can assist you by conducting a gap-analysis against the defined criteria of the relevant standard. This helps to identify the level of compliance that your existing management system has with it’s implementation and provides an opportunity to further develop your system in preparation for the next phase.
At this point, we provide an audit report outlining any deficiencies in the system that need to be addressed prior to certification.
Stage 1 Audit
The stage 1 audit is completed to determine compliance with the requirements of the applicable standard. The Certification Body auditors will look at system implementation and perform a review of internal audit and management review records.
Stage 2 Audit
The stage 2 audit is the final step of the initial certification process. Your management system is assessed and verified as being implemented. Non-conformances are identified, and the Certification Body will help to determine the most appropriate way of satisfying any necessary requirements.
Once stage 2 is complete, you are issued with a ‘Statement of Certification’, confirming compliance with the relevant standard.