CERTIFICATION

Overview of Certification Process

 

Here is a process flow chart – each stage is explained on the following pages

 
 

Explanation of Application Process

Application for Audit: Clients may apply to GCS via the website, email:

info@globalcertservices.eu or by phone +44 (0)116 3677006. GCS will contact the client within 5 working days to provide a quote and commence to arrange the details of the audit.

Pre-Assessment Audit: GCS can arrange a pre-assessment audit. This involves a visit to the client to review the implementation of ISO 22000 and assess readiness for audit.

Stage 1 Audit: The stage 1 audit involves a detailed review of the ISO 22000 documentation, including all Standard Operating Procedures, record-keeping, training records, internal audit and management review documents. We will also provide a Stage 2 readiness assessment as part of this stage

Stage 2 Audit: This is the on-site audit and the opportunity to view what is written in your quality manual regarding ISO 22000 and evidence conformity to this standard. It includes operations management, HACCP, measuring, reporting, internal auditing, management review etc.

Decision Committee: Audit findings are reviewed by GCS’s Certification Committee. The Committee reaches an independent and impartial decision on certification (awarding, suspending, etc see next page). The Certification Committee will review the results, and determine if the client should be awarded certification.

Initial Certification (year 1): If the client successfully passes the audit, they will receive certification. Note: See terms relating to ‘Use of Certification Mark’. ISO 22000 certification is valid for three years from initial certification, subject to the successful maintenance of compliance. The next audit will be carried out within the next 12 months of certification and thereafter once every year.

Surveillance audit (year 2): ISO 22000 certification is valid for three years from initial certification, subject to the successful maintenance of compliance through surveillance audits. Surveillance audits are not full compliance audits but ongoing compliance is assessed through surveillance activities, including a) internal audits and management review b) a review of actions taken on nonconformities identified during the previous audit; c) complaints handling; d) effectiveness of the management system with regard to achieving the certified client’s objectives and the intended results of the respective management system (s); e) progress of planned activities aimed at continual improvement; f) continuing operational control g) review of any changes h)use of marks or references to certification i) and others

Surveillance audit (year 3): ISO 22000 certification is valid for three years from initial certification, subject to the successful maintenance of compliance through surveillance audits. Surveillance audits are not full compliance audits but ongoing compliance is assessed through surveillance activities, including a) internal audits and management review b) a review of actions taken on nonconformities identified during the previous audit; c) complaints handling; d) effectiveness of the management system with regard to achieving the certified client’s objectives and the intended results of the respective management system (s); e) progress of planned activities aimed at continual improvement; f) continuing operational control g) review of any changes h)use of marks or references to certification i) and others

Recertification: The purpose of the recertification audit is to confirm the continued conformity and effectiveness of the ISO 22000 management system as a whole, and its continued relevance and applicability for the scope of certification. A recertification audit may not necessarily include a Stage 1 audit depending on past performance but will require a stage 2 audit.

Expanding scope: GCS shall, in response to an application for expanding the scope of a certification already granted, undertake a review of the application and determine any audit activities necessary to decide whether or not the extension may be granted. This may be conducted in conjunction with a surveillance audit.

Reduction of Scope: GCS shall reduce the scope of certification to exclude the parts not meeting the requirements, when the certified client has persistently or seriously failed to meet the certification requirements for those parts of the scope of certification. Any such reduction shall be in line with the requirements of the standard used for certification.

 

Certification Decisions

Here are the various category types of certification decisions

Award Certification – Occurs when initial certification is granted or at re-certification. This specifies that the establishment has conformed to the requirements of ISO 22000 and has no major non-conformances.

Deny Certification – Occurs at initial certification. A denial would be due to serious failure(s) to meet the certification requirements including the requirements of the effectiveness of ISO 22000

Suspension of Certification – Persistent or serious failure to meet the certification requirements including the requirements of the effectiveness of ISO 22000

Restoration of Certification – Issues that have occurred during suspension have been resolved

Withdrawal of Certification – Failure to resolve the issues, within 6 months, that resulted in suspension. A reduction of scope may be also result.

 

Use of Certification Mark

The following are simple guidelines to help you

The certification mark remains the property of GCS and GCS reserves the right to remove the use of its certification mark at any time.

Here is what you can do:

  1. Only use the Certification Mark to the standard and scope which you are certified.
  2. Use the Certification Mark with the certificate number written underneath it. You can also add your standard or scheme name or number underneath your certificate number, if you so desire;
  3. Use the Certification Mark only when making reference to your certification in communication media such as the internet, brochures or advertising, or other documents.

Here is what you cannot do:

  1. Don’t tamper, add or alter the text within the Certification Mark
  2. Don’t use the Certification Mark on products or product certificates (eg certificates of analysis, certificates of conformance etc)
  3. Don’t display the Certification Mark on a product or its packaging as it could imply the product itself has been tested or approved by GCS
  4. Don’t use any medium to indicate, confirm, suggest or in any other manner, give the impression of a guarantee that all food is safe
  5. Don’t use the Certification in any way to bring disrepute to GCS
  6. Don’t use the Certification Mark upon suspension or withdrawal of certification