Standards

Taking Steps to Certification

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How to start certification

  Compliance to standards is mostly associated with conformity assessment activities such as certification. Certification, in simple term is a third-party assessment on products, processes, systems or person based on the specified requirements such as standards. There are a few popular standards which are widely used for certification purposes. Most of them are standards that provide requirements for management systems such as MS ISO 9001 for QMS, MS ISO 14001 for EMS and MS ISO 50001 for EnMS. Getting your management systems certified to the relevant standards provide assurance that you have correctly applied the requirements of the standards to gain the intended benefits.

Depending on your business objectives and goals, there are numerous ways of which your organisations can execute certification processes. Here are some of the simplified key steps you may take to begin with the certification of your management systems.

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Benefit of Certification

  1. Certification provide third party recognition of competence in market place through benchmark of performance based on standards
  2. Certification provide basis for assessment of competence for regulators
  • Eliminating redundant reviews and improve the efficiency of assessment process by accredited certification bodies. This will reduce number of assessment by various parties.
  • Certification process helps provide assurance to regulators that a particular company has complied to specified conformity assessment activity based on recognised and transparent criteria and procedures
  3. Certification underpins international trade
  • There is an increasing awareness in the benefits of certification as a basis for trade
  • Certification underpins international trade through providing confidence in the integrity of the conformity assessment activities
  • Certification that is internationally accepted and meets international standards, thereby providing confidence in the quality and reliability of products and services
  4. Certification provide better internal control on company operations. Assurance of good system practices based on requirements of the standards (e.g MS ISO 9001) involved :
  • Involvement of top management in quality initiatives
  • Management commitment
  • Management review on company's management system
  • Structured management system, documentation and processes through
    • Proper planning
    • Documentation management
    • Training and assurance of staff competency levels
    • Appropriate management of laboratory instruments and equipments
    • Review of system and implementation
    • Internal and external Quality Control
    • Internal and external audits
  5. Minimize business risk via assurance of accuracy, traceability and reproducibility of products and services which will reduce cost of failure such as :
  • Re-production or re-work
  • Loss of productivity
  • Recall of product
  • Processing complaints
  • Loss of commercial edge
  • Loss of staff morale
  6. Enhanced staff morale and increased job satisfaction
  • Enhance competency levels and staff performance through good management practices and regular assessments
  • Broaden their range of knowledge
  • Recognition of accreditation
  • Team spirit and shared goals on accreditation

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Why it is important to choose accredited CB

  Accreditation forms component of quality ecosystem providing assurance and confidence, and the competitive edge that leads to recognition and acceptance at both national and international level Accredited certification bodies have gone through rigorous third party attestation by an Accreditation Body based on international standards. Hence the choosing accredited CB provide the confidence and assurance the CB are competent to provide the certification services based on international practices.

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Accredited Certification Bodies