Reduce Audit Days

Did you know your organization may qualify for a reduction of up to 30% in the auditor days paid for third-party audits?

To be eligible for the Advanced Surveillance and Recertification Procedures (ASRP), you have to demonstrate that your quality or environmental management system is effective over a period of time. Under this ASRP program, the certification body can place greater reliance on your internal audit and management review processes, as well as, targeted surveillance topics, to evaluate the conformity of your management system.

Eligibility Criteria

1. The management system must have been conforming to requirements for a period of at least one complete certification cycle, including initial, surveillance and recertification audits.

Note: The demonstrated conformity may be based on the outcome of the first recertification audit at the end of a recertification cycle.

2. All nonconformities raised during the recertification cycle immediately prior to the utilization of ASRP must have been successfully resolved.

3. For an environmental system, the organization must have been in compliance with applicable legal requirements and not had any sanctions imposed for the recertification period.

4. The certification body must agree on the performance indicators on which to judge the ongoing effectiveness of the system, and you must consistently meet the agreed to targets.

For a QMS, the performance indicators must address at a minimum the ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and legal requirements, as well as, include requirements for the continual improvement of the effectiveness of the system.

For an EMS, the performance indicators must address at a minimum the demonstrated ability to achieve its environmental policy, objectives, and targets; comply with legal requirements; and include requirements for the continual improvement and prevention of pollution.

5. The certification body must have an enforceable agreement with your organization to provide access to relevant information.

For a QMS, this information is all customer satisfaction data collected or otherwise available.

For an EMS, it is all the relevant communications from external interested parties, as well as, relevant regulatory authorities.

6. Your organization’s internal audit process must be managed in accordance with the guidance of ISO 19011, with particular reference to auditor competence as defined in clause 7.

The internal audit process must be sufficiently coordinated and integrated so it provides an evaluation of the whole management system, not just the performance of individual components.

7. The certification body must have contractually enforceable arrangements to enable it to increase the scope, frequency, and duration of its audits in the event of a deterioration of your organization’s ability to meet agreed performance targets.

If the certification body plans an individual ASRP program that reduces the auditor time to be less than 70% of the base level time in the IAF guidance, it must justify the reduction and seek specific approval from its accreditation body prior to implementing the plan.

For more information on the Advanced Surveillance and Recertification Procedures, see the IAF Mandatory Document for ASRP (MD 3:2008) at the IAF web site.