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Management systems certification is carried out by certification bodies under ISO 17021 Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems. This standard is used for all types of management system certification such as:

  • ISO 9001 - Quality management systems - Requirements
  • ISO 14001 - Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use
  • OHSAS 18001 - Occupational health and safety management systems – Specification
  • ISO 50001 Energy management systems - Requirements with guidance for use

Certification of these management systems is a means of providing assurance to others that the organisation has developed and implemented a management system that meets the requirements of the chosen management system(s).

Management systems are often implemented to cover a particular scope of the company activity such as “design and manufacture of …” or “installation and servicing of …” or "energy management at[location]" etc.

By observing the requirements of ISO 17021 it helps ensure that all certification bodies operate management system certification in a competent, consistent and impartial manner, wherever they are. This then helps mutual recognition of certification bodies and their certificates nationally and internationally.

Certification of management systems by an independent third-party certification bodies helps to assure and demonstrate that the organisation has developed and implemented an effective management system that:

  • Conforms to the requirements of e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 50001
  • Has top management commitment, a stated policy and a set of objectives for continual improvement
  • Continues to be effectively implemented and maintained

Conformity assessment such as certification of a management system thereby provides value to the certified organisation, its customers and employees as well as other interested parties e.g. regulatory bodies. Therefore it can assist with:

  • Gaining new customers
  • Being included on tender lists and other opportunities for new work
  • Improving customer service and retention

Blue Rock Associates can help with all aspects of setting up a certification body to offer management systems certification.

If you would like more information or would like to discuss your requirements please contact us.