RSA works with most reputed registrars and certification bodies / agencies to ensure your certificate have the proper national and international recognition.
By virtue of affiliation with accredited certification body, RSA provides following accreditation certification
- ASCB (E)
ASCB (E) is independent, impartial and a paradigm pioneer in the field of accreditation. Operating in over 25 countries world wise, ASCB (E) is thought to be the largest independent accreditation body in the world Established in 1995, the organization has been a persistent pioneer in the field of accreditation, well known and respected for its combination of innovative and user-friendly business acumen and its respect for the vigorous maintenance of integrity and impartiality that is the hallmark of the quality assurance profession.
JAS-ANZ is the government appointed accreditation body of Australia and New Zealand responsible for providing accreditation of conformity assessment bodies “Cabs “in the fields of certification and inspection. Accreditation by JAS-ANZ demonstrates the competence and independence of these CABs. JAS-ANZ accredits 80 CABs who in turn certify some 60,000 organizations. Including accreditations and technical assistance projects JAS-ANZ provides services in over 20 countries.
DAC is Dubai Accreditation Center part of government of Dubai, Dubai Municipality with the member of International Accreditation Forum (IAF). DAC accredited certificates are recognized worldwide.
ISO 9001:2008 is an international standard. It is one of the most widely known and the basis of many highly effective quality systems. the standard can be applied to any size of company or organization, any industry and any country, for both services and products. the standard itself consists of a set of requirements. These requirements specify what a company must do but now how to do it. The ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certification eanbles you to demonstrate your commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, as well as continuously improving your quality systems and integrating the realities of a changing world
- What is ISO 9001?
A. ISO 9001 is a set of rules that companies follow to assure that they have the systems needed to meet their customers’ needs. It involves writing procedures, following them, and getting the same audited by an accredited registrar who after satisfying himself (by examining the systems) will certify that the required standards are being followed and will then grant certification.
- What are the phases involved in getting ISO 9001 certification?
The phases of ISO 9001 certification consists of two parts i.e., documentation and certification. The documentation part can be done in house or by the help of a consultant. Normally every company takes the services of an experienced consultant to develop and introduce the system. The certification is done by an agency accredited in this regard. The certification agency normally divides into activities into two parts documentation review, which may be done with or without visits to your works and compliance audit that is conducted at your site.
- What does it cost to get ISO 9001 certification?
This depends on several factors as size and complexity of operations, number of locations of plants, willingness of owners, type of standards to be implemented etc.
- How long does it take to get ISO 9001 Certification?
Depending upon the commitment of the owner-managers, the time taken could be 1 to 3 months.
- What is the validity period of ISO 9001 Certification?
An ISO certification is granted initially for a period of three years.
- Is there any fine on non-compliance after obtaining ISO 9001 certification?
No there is no provision of any fine in such circumstances.
- Can there be surprise audits to see if the ISO 9001 standards are being adhered to after certification is obtained?
There is no such thing as a spot/ surprise ISO 9001 audit. Once the certification is obtained then only surveillance audits are conducted, every year or so that too with prior information.
- Can the ISO certification be revoked?
Yes, but you will be given every opportunity to correct problems before such drastic action is taken.
- Do we have to keep additional manpower for continuous implementation of ISO standards?
No. While introducing and implementing the standards the consultants must train your personnel’s as to how the standards are to be implemented on day to day basis. One or more of your staff members are usually trained by consultants to conduct internal audits as per the requirements of ISO 9001. Or you could utilize the services of consultants at nominal fee.
- What are the advantages of ISO 9001:2008?
- Passport for International Market.
- Professional Image.
- Increased customer confidence.
- Improved quality cut in costs owing to rejection control
- Clarity of responsibility and authority.
- Better and Defined system.
- Consistent Quality.
ISO 14001:2004 specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organization identifies as those, which it can control, and those which it can influence. It does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria.
Why ISO 14001:2004
ISO 14001:2004 is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish, implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system, to assure itself of conformity with its stated environmental policy, and to demonstrate conformity with ISO 14001:2004 by
- making a self-determination and self-declaration, or
- seeking confirmation of its conformance by parties having an interest in the organization, such as customers, or
- seeking confirmation of its self-declaration by a party external to the organization, or
- seeking certification/registration of its environmental management system by an external organization.
All the requirements in ISO 14001:2004 are intended to be incorporated into any environmental management system. The extent of the application will depend on factors such as the environmental policy of the organization, the nature of its activities, products and services and the location where and the conditions in which it functions.
ISO 22000:2005 specifies requirements for a food safety management system where an organization in the food chain needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption.
Why ISO 22000:2005
It is applicable to all organizations, regardless of size, which are involved in any aspect of the food chain and want to implement systems that consistently provide safe products. The means of meeting any requirements of ISO 22000:2005 can be accomplished through the use of internal and/or external resources.
ISO 22000:2005 specifies requirements to enable an organization
- to plan, implement, operate, maintain and update a food safety management system aimed at providing products that, according to their intended use, are safe for the consumer,
- to demonstrate compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory food safety requirements,
- to evaluate and assess customer requirements and demonstrate conformity with those mutually agreed customer requirements that relate to food safety, in order to enhance customer satisfaction,
- to effectively communicate food safety issues to their suppliers, customers and relevant interested parties in the food chain,
- to ensure that the organization conforms to its stated food safety policy,
- to demonstrate such conformity to relevant interested parties, and
- to seek certification or registration of its food safety management system by an external organization, or make a self-assessment or self-declaration of conformity to ISO 22000:2005.
ISO 18000:2007 [OHSAS]
OHSAS 18001 is a globally recognized occupational health and safety management system. The standard defines the system for an organization related to health and safety of the employees and stakeholders. The standard considers prevention as an approach towards health & safety of employees.
An OHSAS 18001 certificate establishes that your organization is committed to safety and health at the workplace. This proactive approach helps the organization to maintain the better long term relations with employees, contractors.
The standard gives a framework to assess hazards related to processes, work environment and the risks associated. The standard demands to establish the program to reduce the risks and improve upon. The revised standard of 2007 version gives equal importance to occupational health.
An international standard, OHSAS 18001:2007 can integrate with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for environmental management systems. This is a preferred approach by management so as to take care of the risks related to product, environment and employees.
The occupational health and safety assessment series OHSAS 18001 helps organizations formulate occupational health and safety policies and objectives. The system implementation results in demonstrating the concern towards employees and safe working. The standard can be applied to Industrial as well as service sector.
- The extent of application of the certification will depend on factors like the occupational health and safety policy of the organization, the nature of its activities, and the conditions under which it operates.
- Reduction in the number of accidents and interruptions in production due to better control over hazards at the workplace
- Focus on employee safety results in a satisfied, motivated and highly productive work force
- Legal compliance with minimal administrative effort
- Improves company image and boosts international competitiveness
- Demonstrates an innovative and forward thinking approach
- Reduction in insurance costs
The initials stand for Conformity Europeans, which is French for “European Conformity”. The CE Mark, which is affixed to a product or its packaging, is considered proof that a product has met the requirements of the harmonized European standard, or directive.
The first step to compliance is determining which directives apply to the product. A product may be regulated by more than one directive. The CE mark does not disclose which directive(s) or standards apply to the product, nor will it indicate the method of conformity assessment used to bring the product into compliance. This information is provided by other accompanying documents, such as the Declaration of Conformity. The Manufacturer or the Authorized Representative affixes the CE marking to the product. It is not affixed by a Notified Body.
Why CE Marking
If you manufacture or import a product, which falls within the scope of one or more of the New Approach Directives and wish to place your product on the market in any of the members states of the European Economic Area (EEA), then you must apply CE marking to your product against the essential requirements of all these applicable directives.