Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by an approved registrar. You will receive both a hard and soft copy of the certificate. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.
Once certification is obtained a certificate will be issued that will be valid for 3 years. This is maintained through annual surveillance audits (partial audits) and a 3 yearly recertification audit (full system audit).
Surveillance audits are undertaken annually to ensure that compliance to the chosen Standard(s) is maintained throughout the three year certification cycle.
The frequency and duration of surveillance is dependant on factors including:
During the surveillance audit you must demonstrate continual improvement. This is a fundamental requirement of all ISO standards and something of which Global Allied Partners is a keen ambassador.