It is an accreditation requirement that conformity assessment activities are undertaken impartially and Accredited Certification Bodies must not allow commercial, financial or other pressures to compromise impartiality.

Sources of threats to impartiality can be based on ownership, governance, management, personnel, finances, contracts, training, marketing and payment of a sales commission. The directors of WCS fully understand this and in order to safeguard and ensure impartiality within the certification process, WCS make use of an Impartiality Committee and have implemented an Impartiality Policy.

This Impartiality Committee is responsible for reviewing and challenging WCS operations, risks, finance, performance etc in order to ensure that WCS is acting professionally and the certification process is impartial.

The committee members represent a variety of industries and interests, meet up to three times a year and WCS present full operational and financial data to the committee. Current member include:

Mr. Roger Hutchings (Environmental & Health and Safety)

Prof. David Shaw (Academic Institutions)

Miss. Iona Hughes (Environmental)

Mr. Kevin O’Connor (Aerospace)

Mr. Peter Bennett (Quality)

Dr. Elain Hemers (Academic Institutions)

Mr. Mike Holmes (SME Businesses)

See below to review the current WCS Impartiality Policy.


The auditor built a good rapport with the auditees and was thorough but fair in his questioning and report.

Oceaneering International Inc.

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