Certification Decision

World Certification Services Ltd has a process for controlling all certification decisions.

This includes granting, refusing, maintaining, renewing, suspending, restoring, withdrawing certification and for expanding or reducing the scope of certification. The following are a summary of process controls WCS has implemented:

  • All certification decisions are made by a certification manager / officer who are impartial from the audit activity.
  • Certification managers / officers are trained and knowledgeable in the relevant accreditation standards.
  • Decisions take account of evidence submitted from the audit team including reports and objective evidence.
  • Decisions take account of corrective actions submitted by a client.
  • Decisions are made after thorough review of all objective evidence submitted.
  • A certificate cannot be issued before the certification decision has been made.
  • Failure to submit corrective action could result in the decision to suspend and withdraw certification
  • Failure to agree to an audit could result in the decision to suspend and withdraw certification.
  • Failure to pay the certification / audit fee could result in the decision to suspend and withdraw certification.
  • Scope extensions usually require a special audit to cover the new area / activity.
  • Scope clarifications may be processed without a further audit.
  • Address changes usually require an audit at the new location.
  • Records of all decisions are maintained by WCS.
  • The client can appeal a certification decision.