General Information about IAS Certification Process.
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IAS provides independent certification services for various management systems.
5.1. The scheme covers assessment by IAS for certification of various management system/s in accordance with the International Standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 22000, ISO 27001, ISO 50001, IATF 16949, AS9100D and ISO 13485
5.2. Certificates are issued as per the following accreditations / certification schemes:
certificate after getting accreditation, accredited certificate will be provided.
5.3.1. The accreditation covers the quality system of the certifying body as well as specified certification scope in working areas described under different codes and sectors, or which the certification body is authorized to carry out assessment and issue of certificates of approval.
5.3.2. For other information and list of clients; visit www.iascertification.com
These are the various activities carried out by the industry / organization, within the scope of the standard which appears in the certificate of approval issued to the organization by IAS after satisfactory assessment.
Certifications of following Management Systems Standards /Specifications are offered by IAS
18.104.22.168. The International Standards specify requirements for quality management systems where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable regulatory requirements and aim to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable regulatory requirements.
22.214.171.124. The requirement for an environmental management system is to enable an organization identify its significant aspects and their impact, to develop and implement policy and objectives, which take into account legal and other requirements to which an organization subscribes, and take decision to inform about significant environmental aspects to all the interested parties. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organization can control, that it can influence. It does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria.
126.96.36.199.2. The extent of application depends on factors such as the environmental policy of the organization, the nature of its activities, products, services, location and the conditions in which it functions.
188.8.131.52. This standard gives requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH & S) management system, to enable an organization to control its OH&S risks and improve its performance.
184.108.40.206.2. This standard is intended to address occupational health and safety of personnel and processes, rather than product and services safety.
220.127.116.11.3. The standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to
18.104.22.168. Certification of an organization’s FSMS is one of the means of providing assurance that the certified organization has implemented a system for the food safety management of its processes, activities, products and services in line with the organization’s food safety policy and the requirements of ISO 22000.
22.214.171.124.2. It is applicable to all organizations, regardless of size, which are involved in any aspect of the food chain and want to implement systems that consistently provide safe products.
126.96.36.199.1. An Information Security Management System (ISMS) is a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information so that it remains secure. It encompasses people, processes and IT systems.
188.8.131.52.2. Certification of an organization’s ISMS ensures that the organization has a model for establishing, implementing, operating, reviewing, maintaining and improving the security of information including those of customer, held by the organization. The implemented ISMS ensure handling of overall business risks by implementation of security controls customized to the needs of the organization thus increasing the productivity of the people and enhancing corporate image.
184.108.40.206.1 ISO 50001 Energy Management System provides structured framework for organizations to manage and control energy that it can increase energy efficiency, reduce costs and Improve energy performance. ISO 50001 is intended to help business make better use of your energy consumption or energy performance through a Systematic approach.
220.127.116.11.2 This standard is compatible with other management system especially ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) and ISO 9001 (Quality Management System).ISO 50001 is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle and it integrates to work both the technical and managerial activities Certification.
5.2. Product Certifications
The product certification process is an effective mechanism for assessing compliance with regulations and standards addressing safety, quality and other product characteristics.
Pre-market approval and certification is a legal requirement for manufacturers of many types of products, components and accessories seeking access to major markets worldwide. In addition to meeting mandatory certification requirements, manufacturers may also choose to have their products tested for compliance with the technical requirements of voluntary standards. By submitting their products to additional voluntary testing and certification, companies can differentiate their products from those of competitors, and further demonstrate their commitment to providing buyers and consumers with quality products that are also safe to use.
ISO Lead Auditor training course is one of the most widely recognized courses in our industry. This high level, five-day course focuses on effective auditing of quality management systems against the ISO standard and includes; leading an audit, planning and preparation of audits, audit techniques and audit reporting.
Two-day IRCA Certified Transition training course is meant to formally transition auditors experienced in the eg. OHSAS 18001 standard to the new ISO 45001:2018 revision. This course uses exercises, workshops, role playing and case studies to teach the concepts, rather than relying on PowerPoint presentation.
ISO Awareness training two-day course provides a detailed understanding of the concepts and focus of the ISO standard and provides the knowledge necessary to effectively implement an management system.
6.1.1. Organization, intending to obtain management system certification from IAS, to fill up the questionnaire, indicating the scope of assessment along with other details. An offer is made to the organization based on required man days calculated as per the details provided in the application form and after ensuring that the declared scope of assessment is within the authorization of IAS scope of accreditation.
6.2.1. Organization submits the Application Form indicating the scope of assessment duly signed, for review by IAS.
6.2.2. For Public Sector Unit i.e. PSU, which usually form a client base involved in tendering process, the issuance of Work Order / Purchase Order by these PSU’s are considered equivalent document for Order Acceptance & deemed acceptance of the Terms & Conditions specified in Clause 4 of this document.
6.2.3. In such cases details of certification requirements shall be provided through the document Accredited Management System Process.
6.3.1. The assessment of the documents may be done prior to the scheduled Stage I audit or during the Stage I audit. It is preferable to receive and review the documents at least 4 days prior to Stage I audit to provide a better focus on the scope of audit. The adequacy of the management system documentation with respect to implementation is reviewed during the assessment and if found deficient appropriate comments are communicated to the auditee through Stage I report.
6.3.2. The details of audit schedule are planned and these are submitted to the Organization.
The purpose of the stage 2 audit is to evaluate the implementation, including effectiveness, of the client’s management system. The stage 2 audit shall take place at the site(s) of the client. It shall include at least the following:
Stage II activity shall be scheduled within 90 days from the completion of the Stage I activity.
7.2.1. The outcome of a certification audit or renewal audit is decided based on the audit findings including nature of non-conformities noted during the audit.
For (3) and (4) above, additional fee and expenses will be charged.
Note: The certificate cannot be recommended in case of any unresolved nonconformities identified during the audit.
(Note: This condition usually represents 4 or more nonconformities.
8.1. Surveillance activities shall include on-site audits assessing the certified client’s management system’s fulfillment of specified requirements with respect to the standard to which the certification is granted. Other surveillance activities may include
8.2. Surveillance audits are on-site audits, but are not necessarily full system audits, and shall be planned together with the other surveillance activities so that the certification body can maintain confidence that the certified management system continues to fulfill requirements between recertification audits. The surveillance audit programme shall include, at least
8.3. Surveillance audits shall be conducted at least once a year. The date of the first surveillance audit following initial certification shall not be more than 12 months from the last day of the stage 2 audit. The date of the second surveillance audit shall not be more than 24 months from the last day of the stage 2 audits.
9.1. A recertification audit shall be planned and conducted on-site to evaluate the continued fulfillment of all of the requirements of the relevant management system standard or other normative document. The purpose of the recertification audit is to confirm the continued conformity and effectiveness of the management system as a whole, and its continued relevance and applicability for the scope of certification.
9.2. The recertification audit shall consider the performance of the management system over the period of certification, and include the review of previous surveillance audit reports.
9.3. Recertification audit activities may need to have a stage 1 audit in situations where there have been significant changes to the management system, the client, or the context in which the management system is operating (e.g. changes to legislation).
9.4. In the case of multiple sites or certification to multiple management system standards being provided by IAS, the planning for the audit shall ensure adequate on-site audit coverage to provide confidence in the certification.
9.5. The recertification audit shall include an on-site audit that addresses the following:
9.6. When, during a recertification audit, instances of nonconformity or lack of evidence of conformity are identified, the IAS shall define time limits for correction and corrective actions to be implemented prior to the expiration of certification.
10.1.1. IAS shall, in response to an application for extension to the scope of a certification already granted, undertake a review of the application and determine any audit activities necessary to decide whether or not the extension may be granted. This may be conducted in conjunction with a surveillance audit.
10.2.1. It may be necessary for the IAS to conduct audits of certified clients at short notice to investigate complaints, or in response to changes, or as follow up on suspended clients. In such cases
IAS may restore the certification under such following conditions:
IAS may refuse certifications under such following conditions:
11.1. IAS has a policy and documented procedure(s) for suspension, withdrawal or reduction of the scope of certification, and shall specify the subsequent actions by the certification body.
11.2. IAS shall suspend certification in cases when, for example,
11.3. Under suspension, the client’s management system certification is temporarily invalid. In case of suspension the client refrains from further promotion of its certification. IAS shall make the suspended status of the certification publicly accessible and shall take any other measures it deems appropriate.
11.4. Failure to resolve the issues that have resulted in the suspension in a time established by IAS shall result in withdrawal or reduction of the scope of certification.
Note: In most cases the suspension would not exceed 6 months.
11.5. IAS shall reduce the client’s scope of certification to exclude the parts not meeting the requirements, when the client has persistently or seriously failed to meet the certification requirements for those parts of the scope of certification. Any such reduction shall be in line with the requirements of the standard used for certification.
12.3. On recommendation for grant of certificate of Approval, it is issued from Head Office along with covering letter addressing excluded clauses and the logo artwork along with Usage of Logo guidelines.
13.1.1. It is the responsibility of IAS to provide Assessment and Certification in accordance with the current issue of IAS “Accredited Management System Process”. Please note that in meeting its Policy of continual improvement of service, IAS reserves the right to modify the contents of “Accredited Management System Process”
Special Surveillance Visits will be charged as per prevalent fees applicable at that time.
All fees are exclusive of travel and incidental expenses which will be charged extra at actual.
All fees and expenses quoted are exclusive of any statutory taxes which will be charged at the current rate, if applicable.
Invoices will be submitted as soon as practicable, after the completion of any assessment visit(s).
All payments should be made in the name of “Integrated Assessment Services” preferably by local Cheque/demand draft within 7 days of receipt of the invoice. Amounts remaining unpaid for more than 30 days from invoice date will be liable to interest at the rate of 15% per annum.
13.5.1. Either party may terminate this request for assessment:-
14.1. Organization whereby warrants and covenants with IAS that it will at all times during the subsistence of these terms and conditions comply with all reasonable requirements necessary for the issuance of the Certificate of Approval including (but without prejudice to the generality thereof) all statutes, rules, regulations issued by any statutory or any other competent authority, all recommendations, codes and similar matters issued by any authority, pursuant to which or in compliance of which or for the purpose of which the Certificate of Approval is issued or such other reasonable requirements of IAS as are necessary to enable the Certificate of Approval to be issued and maintained in force in conformity with standards of high quality of certification.
14.2. The organization hereby warrants the completeness and accuracy of all documents and accuracy of all information supplied to IAS for the purposes of these terms & conditions for assessment.
15.1. Upon successful completion of Initial Assessment IAS shall issue Certificate(s) of Approval to the organization detailing the quality Standard(s) to which assessment was made, declaring the scope of supply. The Certificate(s) of approval is/are valid for a period of three years from the date of issue subject to satisfactory maintenance of the quality systems through surveillance audits.
15.2. Certification under this scheme does not imply certification of the organization’s product or service and does not therefore exempt him from his legal obligations.
15.3. For details of LOGO Usage, kindly contact us through email@example.com
15.4. The organization undertakes to institute a system of registering all complaints received from any source. The corrective action(s) taken and review by Organization Management of such actions shall be made available for verification. They will inform that the complainant can also write to IAS
15.5. IAS has certification mark that authorizes certified clients to use as shown in the picture below. Clients can use this logo such a way that it is not ambiguous, in the mark or accompanying text, as to what has been certified and with clarity that IAS has granted the certification.
15.6. The client are advised not be use IAS /UQAS logo on a product nor product packaging nor in any other way that may be interpreted as denoting product conformity.
15.7. IAS will not permit its marks to be applied by certified clients to laboratory test, calibration or inspection reports or certificates.
15.8. The client of IAS may use the following statement on the product packaging or in accompanying information that the client has a certified management system. Product packaging is considered as that which can be removed without the product disintegrating or being damaged. Accompanying information is considered as separately available or easily detachable. Type labels or identification plates are considered as part of the product. The statement shall in no way imply that the product, process or service is certified by this means. The statement shall include reference to:
• Identification (e.g. brand or name) of the certified client;
• The type of management system (e.g. quality, environment) and the applicable standard;
• Empowering Assurance Systems or IAS.
15.9 IAS through a legally enforceable service Contract requires that the certified client to follow:
In case of default, IAS will initially inform them through mail. If client still continues, IAS will adopt the legal course of action against the client for his incorrect references to certification status or misleading use of certification documents, marks or audit reports.
16.1. Whilst IAS Pvt. Ltd and its Committees use their best endeavors to ensure that the functions of IAS are properly carried out, in providing services information or advice neither IAS nor any of its employees or agents warrants the accuracy of any information supplied.
Except as set our herein neither IAS nor any of its employees or agents (on behalf of each of whom IAS has agreed this clause) shall be liable for any loss damage or expense whatsoever sustained by any person due to any act or omission or error of whatsoever nature and howsoever caused by IAS, its employees or agents or due to any inaccuracy of whatsoever nature and howsoever caused in any information or opinion given in any way whatsoever by or on behalf of IAS, even if held to amount to a breach of warranty.
Nevertheless, if any person uses services of IAS, or relies on any information or advice given by or on behalf suffers loss damage or expenses thereby which is proved to have been due to any negligent act omission or error of IAS, proved in a court of law or related jurisdiction its employees or agents or any negligent inaccuracy in information or opinion given by or on behalf of IAS then IAS will pay compensation to such person for his proved loss up to but not exceeding the amount of the fee charged by IAS for that particular service, information or opinion.
17.1. The Organization shall fully and effectually indemnify IAS agents all costs, claims, actions and demands arising from:
18.1. IAS shall not be liable in any respect should be prevented from discharging such obligations as result of any matter beyond its control which could not be reasonably foreseen.
19.1. Except as may be required by Law, IAS and the Organization will treat as strictly confidential and will not disclose to any third party without prior written consent of the other, any information which comes into their possession, the possession of their employees, agents or other by virtue of these terms & conditions.
19.2. All information obtained during the course of audit shall be available for verification to IAS personnel (as part of internal Certification Process) & personnel from relevant accreditation body (as part of Accreditation Process). Auditee organization shall be informed in writing by IAS if the outcome of the review by internal personnel or Accreditation Body personnel influences the interest of the auditee Organization.
20.1. These terms & conditions are governed by the law of India and the parties submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts of justice in New Delhi and all notices and proceedings served will be deemed to be duly served if send by pre-paid registered mail to the address of the party as herein above appearing or as may be subsequently notified by the other.
21.1. Any disputes or differences arising between the parties other than as the payments of IAS charges shall be determined by single arbitrator to be appointed by the parties in default of these terms & conditions
22.1. Certificate of Approval is issued to the Organization on the understanding that the relevant Management system will be maintained at all times and for this purpose, IAS will conduct Surveillance Audits in accordance with the IAS Surveillance Plan which will be notified to the Organization along with his Certificate of Approval.
22.2. During Surveillance audit, it is ensured that all the relevant Management system elements are examined at least once during the validity period of three years of the certificate of Approval.
22.3. The intervals between the initial certification audit and the first and second surveillance audit shall not exceed one year from the last date of audit.
22.4. At the end of three years duration, if the Organization desires to continue Certification, Renewal Audit shall be carried out.
23.1. The Certificate of Approval shall be suspended, withdrawn or cancelled if it is found that:
The certification to one or more Management Standard(s) / Specification(s) is subject to suspension / reduction / withdrawal, IAS shall investigate the impact of this on the Certification to other Management System Standard(s) / Specification(s).
24.1. It would be the Endeavour of IAS to provide efficient and satisfactory services as detailed in the Request Form. However, in case it is felt that any decision or the conduct of IAS is unjust and prejudicial to any party, which party can appeal to IAS and seek readdressed. These appeals are to be sent to IAS in writing.
25.1. While this document is intended to provide guidance to prospective / existing clients of IAS and every effort is made to keep its content accurate and up to date, it should not be construed to be comprehensive or conclusive in its contents and applicability. Assessment audit / Certification / Surveillance being activities that always call for auditor’s judgment based upon the facts and circumstances of each case / situations, this document cannot be construed to be binding IAS in the scope, interpretation and applicability of its certification activities.