Don't Get Duped!
How to choose a certification body?
In order to have a level playing field of auditing standards, national accreditation boards have their own organization; the International Accreditation Forum which oversees and self-assess their members. Accreditation can then be issued by these nationally recognized accreditation boards. Ensuring proper accreditation of a certification body proves the legitimacy and competency of the business. To identify these certified bodies, you can seek out three logos on their certification. These logos include the certified body’s own logo, the Accreditation Board’s Logo, and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) logo. When seeking out a certified registrar be sure all logos are present, without one you can challenge the body and ultimately reject them if requirements are not met.
Why is it important to be certified by a certification body?
Not only do you want to ensure the integrity of the work and time you have put into your business, those who review your documents are experienced in their fields. Illegitimate certification will be easy to spot for them and any offering you have produced will be thrown out. Taking the time to find the right certified registrar for your business is an investment that will ultimately save you valuable time, money, and from possible loss of business and regulatory troubles.
How to Not Get Duped
Selecting a properly certified registrar is crucial and ensuring the proper accreditation of your pick in registrars is a great way to ensure competency and qualifications. To avoid being deceived and endure ensuing problems, you can seek out three logos on their certification. These logos include the certified body’s own logo, the Accreditation Board’s Logo, and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) logo. When seeking out a certified registrar be sure all logos are present, without one you can challenge the body and ultimately reject them if requirements are not met.
Another measure your business can take is to check both references and prior experience of the registrar. Even with the correct accreditation you can further seek to find a registrar with the right background and experience that mirrors your own business’s ideals and goals. Do not be afraid to ask registrars for references. A registrar with a respected reputation or one in the process of building their own will most likely offer references as soon as they are requested. Along with those references comes industry experience to justify and back up their accreditation and competency. Ensuring their work has remained one of quality with a designated time frame may also help you in your selection process.
Furthermore, one of the most important measures your business can take in selecting a certified registrar is asking questions. Do not hesitate to speak concerns or to seek answers for your questions. Ask questions about overall costs and itemized charges to ensure financial compatibility. Making the effort to clear the air and ensure both parties are on the same page can be the overwhelming difference between a successful selection and one with doubt. With the pressure to find the right registrar, it is important to eliminate any residing doubt you may have.
As accredited assessors and consultants for many industries requiring accreditations, Labtopia has seen firsthand how many companies have been duped into thinking they were certified or accredited when in fact their certification is not worth the paper it is printed. If you are unsure if your current certification is legitimate or if you need assistance selecting a certification body or registrar let Labtopia’s experts help you today.
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