Choosing a Cert Body

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Things to Consider when Choosing a Certification Body

 

1. Accreditation

Just as Certification Bodies will audit your company to verify your processes, the bodies themselves are accredited by a central body to ensure they uphold the principles of certification.  The most recognised of these is UKAS.  Find out more: Why Choose a UKAS Accredited Certification Body?

 

2. Cost

In some cases, high numbers of staff involved in the same process can reduce the number of audit days required.In other cases, the number of ‘effective staff’ is used as a measure of complexity and can also affect number of days.Generally certification bodies change by the day and the number of days are governed by UKAS. However, the rule around the number of days isn’t that straight forward.

 

3. Brand & Reputation

Some of the certification bodies have a highly recognisable brand, which can be attractive when considering using the certification mark on stationery and the like.However, some certification bodies operate in niche markets or have a particular reputation within an industry.When selecting a certification body it can be valuable to get feedback from customers, suppliers and competitors regarding their experiences of certification bodies.

 

4. Coverage

ISO Certification is recognised internationally, and if you operate in multiple territories, the coverage of a certification body can be an important consideration.The location of certification body branch offices can vary, and those who are further away from your branches can lead to increased travel costs.Alternatively, if you only operate in one country, then a smaller certification body could offer lower costs and a more personal service.

 

5. Travel Costs

The cost of travel and accommodation can vary between the certification bodies.Some will include travel within their day rates, however in many cases this will make the day rates look higher than competitors.In cases where certification bodies charge travel and accommodation on top of a day rate, the location of the auditor(s) is an important consideration. Often you can request certification bodies to cap the travel costs within their quote.

Charging travel and accommodation on top does not always make the overal cost more than other certification bodies.

 

6. Admin & Management Costs

There can be various other additional costs involved in certification including Application, Admin and Management fees. These can cover a variety of things including the certification’s back office, which is an important part of the certification relationship – as the back office will be responsible for arranging audit dates and dealing with any issues that arise. In some cases, some of these fees can be negotiated.

 

7. Other Services

It is also worth considering your future requirements and growth plans when engaging a certification body.

Many will provide training services, which can be a real advantage to a company as it grows, while others have specialist services such as compliance software, insurance services and industry analytics.

 

Need Some Help?

ISO Consultants can help you meet the requirements of your chosen standard or scheme prior to the certification.  Find out more: Using an ISO Consultant.