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Are you ready for certification? It is worth conducting a gap analysis of your current position before engaging in the certification process, either in house or by engaging an auditor.

Next you will need to determine which certification company to engage. It is worth doing your homework – how many audit days will be required, how often is surveillance audits and are addition / annual fees on top of audit fees.

The certification process comprises of 2 stages. The stage 1 audit is an initial assessment of your management system against the specified standard and will including review of policies, processes and procedures, measurement and monitoring, management review and continuous improvement.

The stage 2 audit is the final assessment of your management system where the implemented systems are validated against your management systems and will involve workplace visits and engage in discussions with workers and key personnel. On successful completion of the stage 2 assessment your business will be issued with a certification confirming compliance with the relevant statement. The certification is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.

To maintain certification, surveillance assessments will be conducted regularly (at least annually). The surveillance assessments assist the business and benchmark the implementation of the management system.

Astute Business Certification is a Queensland-based member practice of Equal Assurance Pty Ltd (a JAS-ANZ certification body) providing ISO Management System certification. Astute Business Certification can provide a free Gap Analysis Checklist to assist with this process. To obtain the Gap Analysis Checklist, contact our office today.