Certification is a “third-party attestation related to products, processes, systems or persons,” as defined by ISO/IEC 17000 Conformity Assessment—Vocabulary and General Principles.
Certification is most often associated with ISO 9001 and the environmental management systems standard ISO 14001. However, certification programs exist for a range of management systems standards, including the ISO/IEC 27001 program for information security management, the ISO 22000 program for food safety management, the ISO 50001 program for energy management, and the ISO 45001 program for occupational health and safety management.
An organisation that provides certification, testing, calibration, inspection and other conformity assessment services can seek accreditation. An accredited body has demonstrated that it fully meets the requirements of relevant national and international standards.
The criteria for determining a certification body’s competence are based on the relevant national or international standard (such as ISO/IEC 17024, ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021) and include: the qualifications required, knowledge and skills, training and experience of staff; appropriate equipment that is properly calibrated and maintained; adequate quality assurance procedures; and appropriate sampling practices.
An accreditation body is an authoritative body that performs accreditation. In some instances, its authority is derived from government.
Its primary function is to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services (collectively known as conformity assessment bodies). Accreditation demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these organisations.
If you are interested in getting your organization certified with BIQS you can initiate the process by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, to transfer your certification to BIQS you would need to send us the filled application form, your valid certificate, and the latest audit report.
To maintain the certificate, your organization will be subject to two surveillance audits. The first surveillance audit will take place no longer than 12 months from the initial audit. Meanwhile, the second surveillance audit will take place no longer than 12 months from the first surveillance audit.
If the surveillance audit is not completed on time, your certification will be suspended with a timeframe to correct reasons for suspension. If this does not happen, the certificate will be withdrawn.
If non-conformities are found during the audit, you are requested to provide root cause analysis, correction, and corrective actions to resolve the non-conformities. These must be reviewed, verified and accepted by the auditor.
BIQS’s extensive catalogue of training courses presents a vast number of professional development opportunities for individuals to sharpen their skills and optimize business operations. Select the relevant subject to determine which training course is right for you. BIQS official trainings include Introduction, Foundation, Lead Implementer, Lead Auditor, and Manager Courses.
BIQS will always be evaluating your training skills and performance. Initially from the Live Presentation video-recording (before approval), and continually from the Training Course Evaluation forms/feedback received from your trainees (after approval).
There is a combination of class work exercises, real-life experience discussions, observation, homework, practical application, and study. All our courses are intensive and they enable the participants to develop the expertise necessary to support an organization in optimizing its business operations, implementing and/or auditing management systems, managing different programs etc.
A lead implementer is a professional specialized in implementing a management system efficiently and in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and standards.
BIQS’s Lead Implementer training courses help participants develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to successfully implement a management system (on their own or through leading or participating in a team of implementers) based on ISO standards in organizations of different sizes and industries.
A lead auditor is a professional specialized in auditing an already existing management system, i.e., examining it and determining its effectiveness and compliance with relevant laws, regulations and standards.
BIQS’s Lead Auditor training courses enable participants to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to audit a management system (on their own or through leading or participating in a team of auditors) based on ISO standards in organizations of different sizes and industries.