The pre-assessment is an optional service that is offered for companies that wish to get the highest possible understanding of their readiness prior to undergoing a certification assessment.
The findings of the pre-assessment audit do not count towards the certification audit. A full report is delivered after the completion of the audit.
Certification Audit Requirement
- The initial certification audit has two parts stage 1 and stage 2.
- The surveillance audits are normally conducted annually or semi-annually depending on the client’s needs.
- The certification contract is a three-year agreement.
- Year one – certification audit
- Year two – surveillance 1
- Year three – surveillance 2
- Year four – re-assessment
Stage 1 Audit
The general objectives of stage 1 are to (this may vary depending on the standard:
Stage 2 Audit
The purpose of stage 2 is to evaluate the implementation, including effectiveness, of the client’s management system. The stage 2 takes place at the site(s) of the client. It will include the auditing of at least the following:
Upon the completion of the audit the auditor will provide their recommendation for certification to MSECB Certification Board for review and approval. Once this process is completed a certificate will be issued for the period of three years.
Surveillance audits are required to be conducted annually. They are on-site audits, but are not necessarily full system audits, and needs to be planned. The auditor confirms client’s management system continues to fulfil requirements
Each surveillance for the relevant management system standard shall include:
Organizations are growing and expanding. If your organization has more than one location with a single management system, INTIQ can assist on determining if you qualify for a multisite audit. Requirements may vary depending on the certification scheme. Below find basic requirements:
The organization shall have a single management system.
- The organization shall identify its central function. The central function is part of the organization and shall not be subcontracted to an external organization.
- The central function shall have organizational authority to define, establish and maintain the single management system.
- The organization’s single management system shall be subject to a centralized management review.
- All sites shall be subject to the organization’s internal audit programme.
- The central function shall be responsible for ensuring that data is collected and analyzed from all sites and shall be able to demonstrate its authority and ability to initiate organizational change as required in regard, but not limited, to:
- system documentation and system changes;
- management review;
- evaluation of corrective actions;
- internal audit planning and evaluation of the results; and
- statutory and regulatory requirements pertaining to the applicable standard(s).
MULTIPLE STANDARDS Integrated Management System / Combine Audits
Organizations in every industry face a variety of challenges such as having to comply to multiple requirements. Integrating your requirements can provide a framework for an overall management system which integrates the common aspects of individual systems to avoid duplication and to improve business effectiveness and efficiency.
Many organizations have to meet more than one management system standard, regulatory requirements, customer requirements and industry requirements. We have auditors in multiple disciplines that can provide you with the support you need whether is a combine and/or integrated audit.
Integrated Management System: A single management system managing multiple aspects of organizational performance to meet the requirements of more than one management standard, at a given level of integration.
A management system may range from a combined system adding separate management systems for each set of audit criteria/standard, to an Integrated Management System, sharing in single system documentation, management system elements, and responsibilities.