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Choosing a Certification Body:
When choosing a certification body to carry out ISO or any other International Standard certification, these are the aspects the organization needs to take into account:
- An organization can implement ISO or any other International Standard without seeking certification.  The best reason for wanting to implement the standards is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of company operations

- Deciding to have an independent audit of the new implemented system to confirm that it conforms to ISO or any other International Standard is a decision to be taken on business grounds, for example:
        - If it is a contractual or regulatory requirement
        - If it is a market requirement or to meet customer preferences
        - If it falls within the context of a risk management program
        - If it will motivate staff by setting a clear goal for the development of the management system


- Additional criteria to consider include:
        - Evaluate several certification bodies
       - Bear in mind that the cheapest might prove to be the most costly if its auditing is below standard, or if its certificate is not recognized by customers
        - Establish whether the certification body has auditors with experience in the same business sector
       - Following the publication of the system to be implemented, establish whether the certification body has integrated the evolution in the focus of the standards from conformity to performance


- Another point to clarify is whether or not the certification body has been accredited and, if so, by whom.  Accreditation, in simple terms, means that a certification body has been officially approved as competent to carry out certification in specified business sectors by a national or International accreditation body.  In most countries, accreditation is a choice, not an obligation and the fact that a certification body is not accredited does not, by itself, mean that it is not a reputable organization.  For example, a certification body operating nationally in a highly specific sector might enjoy such a good reputation that it does not feel there is any advantage for it to go to the expense of being accredited.  Many certification bodies choose to seek accreditation, even when it is not compulsory, in order to be able to demonstrate an independent confirmation of their competence.

 

Publicizing the Certification:
If the organization has invested time, energy and money to obtain an ISO or any other International Standard certificate, it understandably wishes to publicize this achievement.  The certification body will help in applying good practice in publicizing, communicating and promoting the certification to stakeholders such as staff, customers, business partners and the general public.

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