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Registration/Systems Certification Process

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Steps in the management system registration/systems certification process include:

1) Providing information about your organization to the certification body (CB).  This would include such things as your processes and your desired scope of certification.

2) An optional Pre-audit, which is a gap analysis against the standard.

3) A two-stage certification audit.  The Stage 1 audit determines the organization's readiness for the Stage 2 audit and certification.  The Stage 2 audit evaluates the organization's implementation, including effectiveness, of the management system. This includes all requirements of the standard.

4) A certificate valid for 3 years is issued upon satisfactory results of the Stage 2 audit and upon acceptable actions being taken in response to any nonconformities identified during the audits.

5) Surveillance audits are conducted at least annually to verify that the management system continues to fulfill the requirements of the standard.

6) A Re-certification audit is conducted prior to the three-year anniversary to confirm the continued conformance and effectiveness of the management system as a whole.

7) Surveillance and recertification audits continue at the same intervals.

At any stage, acceptable actions must be taken in response to any nonconformities identified during an audit.

For information on the benefits of accredited registration/systems certification, click here.




Promoting Quality

For additional information on certification benefits from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the accrediting body (AB) which oversees systems certification/registration in the U.S., click here.

To view the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board's (ANAB) "Certification Client Bill of Rights and Responsibilities," click here.

To learn more about certification benefits from the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the oversight body for all national ABs, click here.