Certification - FAQs
ISO Certification is a seal of approval from a third-party body that an organization is in conformance with the requirements of one of the international standards developed and published by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO).
ISO Certification is not mandatory; however, it helps organization to improve the business credibility and authority as well as the overall efficiency of the business. Also, ISO Certification may be a client-imposed mandatory requirement.
Having your management system audited by an accredited certification body, such as QA CERT, can be a useful tool in identifying any shortcomings of your existing systems with the purpose of having these shortcomings adequately addressed. Once it is determined that the organization’s management system does comply with the targeted standards, validation and certification will take place.
Receiving an internationally recognized certificate establishes your organization as an adaptive and flexible organization that is in pace with global best practices, which furthers customer trust in the products and/or services that you provide. These benefits can have a multifaceted impact on your business, ultimately cascading to an increase in market share.
Management Systems Certification cost depends on a range of factors such as: number of employees, number of locations, standard(s) being audited, economic activity. Based on this information, we determine the audit duration which is a pre-requisite for determining the cost.
Payment is due on receipt of the invoice and before the commencement of audit.
An Integrated Management System (IMS) is the general term for a documented management system that addresses more than one standard. ISO Standards often have similar clauses and requirements, which allows an organization to create efficiencies in the common areas of the standards.
No, persons involved in consultancy services cannot be assigned as auditors for the same client.
Accreditation is the formal recognition by an ‘accreditation authority’ to the technical and organizational competence of a conformity assessment body, to carry out a ‘specific service’ in accordance with the standards and technical regulations, as described in their ‘scope of accreditation’. It provides a means to identify a proven, competent evaluator so that the selection of a laboratory, inspection or certification body is an informed choice.
Certification is the procedure by which a third party gives written assurance that a product, process, system, or person conforms to specified requirements.
There is no fixed duration for all audits; it depends on several factors like the standard against which the audit is going to be conducted; size of the company - sites and number of employees within scope; complexity of the management system; industry in which the organization operates; has the organization previously been certified or not; etc.
It depend on the outcome of the audit and the ability of the organization to respond to possible nonconformities raised during the audit. Under normal circumstances, the certificate may be issued within 2 weeks.
Yes, QA CERT is an accredited Management System Certification Body by the Egyptian Accreditation Council (EGAC) under ISO/IEC 17021 - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.
Yes. Being accredited by EGAC,which is part of the IAF MLA, gives our certificates global recognition.
QA CERT is specialized in the certification of management systems on a wide range of international standards, including but not limited to Information Security, Quality, Occupational Safety, Environmental, Food Safety, Business Continuity, Anti-bribery, Sustainability, HSE, etc.
A QA CERT Certificate is valid for three years, and it is subject to annual audits.
Organizations that obtain certification by QA CERT can use the management systems logo to show their achievement (e.g., ISO 9001 Certified). You will be provided with a certification logo for the relevant Management Systems your organization is certified against. Please see the Certification Marks Guidelines that show how to use the logo when you place it on relevant materials.
Yes, to transfer your certification to QA CERT you would need to send us the filled application form, your valid certificate, and the latest audit report. Please see the steps that you should follow by clicking here.
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.
You can always reach out to us when the time comes, however, QA CERT will notify you well in advance before the next audit approaches.
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.
Yes, the certificate can be restored after suspension if the audit is completed within the given timeframe after suspension.
To adjust to the COVID-19 situation, QA CERT is doing remote audits to ensure the safety of its auditors and staff involved in the audit, but at the same time ensuring that clients are maintaining their management system. To know more about remote audits, click here.
No, the audit duration is intended to meet certification scheme requirements, therefore, the duration will be the same. This is applicable only for surveillance and recertification audits, meanwhile for initial audits a verification visit is requested. For more information, please contact us at: email@example.com.
Yes, to change the scope of certification the client should send the request for scope extension/reduction to QA CERT, by filling/updating the application form. QA CERT will evaluate the request and provide an amended estimation of the audit duration.
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.
The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has established the IAF CertSearch Database so that accredited management systems certifications from around the world can be validated digitally. Please click here validate a certificate.