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What is an Audit and What is the Audit Process?

Image"*The definition of an audit is: A systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which audit criteria are fulfilled". *(ISO 9000:2005)

What does this mean? Well it means that the senior management of Independent European Certification Limited are committed to provide your company with an impartial aeessment process by effectively managing any conflicts of interest and ensures the objectivity of our management system certification activities by using skilled, competent auditors with experience in your industry. The auditor or audit team will ask you a series of questions about your business in relation to the standard for which you are applying and examine a sample number of records.

The auditors we employ are highly competent in looking at your particular industry and are trained to add value to your audit experience, which means that, whilst they are not permitted to give you advice, they are permitted to identify areas of improvement within your business to add value, perhaps reduce time and cost for example.

In simple terms they are a fresh pair of experienced and competent eyes looking to add benefit to the audit.  Therefore Independent European Certification Limited believes the purpose of an audit is for improvement and/or positive correction and not an inspection activity. 

The senior management of Independent European Certification Limited make publicly available within the Independent European Certification Limited offices their complaints and appeals procedures and a directory of valid certificates that at a minimum show the name, relevant normative document (i.e. ISO 9001:2008), scope and geographic location. All certificates issued can be validated on this web site under the tab client resources. 

For clarification, once the initial report has been approved and certification awarded by the Certification Panel, the certificate reports three dates.

  1. Firstly, on a positive recommendation the certificate start date coincides with the date when the certification decision was made.
  2. Secondly, if any alterations are made to the certificate at a later date, these are recorded in the date of revision.
  3. Thirdly, all certificates are valid for a 3 year period, expiring three years after the date of the last day of the initial successful audit.
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