An organisation can only be certified by an accredited certification body, of which there are over 35 third-party organisations in Australia. All accredited organisations must adhere to strict guidelines laid down by the national accreditation body. Failure to use a non-accredited body may lead to noncompliance of ISO certifications, wasting both time and money.
Who can certify my organisation?
An organisation can only be certified by an accredited certification body. There are over 35 of these third-party organisations in Australia. They are private, profit-making enterprises whose service is to verify your compliance against a particular standard and pronounce your system compliant or noncompliant.
In Australia, in order to become an accredited certification body, these organisations must be audited and must adhere to strict guidelines laid down by the national accreditation body called JASANZ
Once a certification body has been accredited by JASANZ, it will appear on the register of accredited certification bodies on the JASANZ website.
Using an accredited certification body is the most reliable means of ensuring that your ISO certification is going to meet government and other company requirements.
The danger of using certification bodies which are not on this list, is that anyone can call themselves a certification body and without accreditation, there are no checks and balances in place to ensure that they meet the standards required through JASANZ.
Beware of any organisation offering you certification to a standard that is not on the JASANZ list. Any company offering to give you certification at the end of a couple of weeks of developing your system is almost certainly pulling a fast one.
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