In all cases the certification process starts with a full audit of the client’s management system against the requirements of the standard in question. In some cases the client may wish to have a pre-assessment audit carried out to establish its state of readiness, but this is not part of the formal certification process.
The duration of the audit depends on the complexity of the client’s activities, the number of staff and the physical size of the operation.
When the client has successfully undergone the audit and resolved any non compliances found we issue the certificate stating that the client’s management system complies with the standard.
Thereafter we carry out surveillance audits, partly to look at particular aspects of the system in more depth, and partly to ensure that the system overall is being implemented in accordance with the client’s own requirements.
Clients are provided with detailed information on the proper use of MSC’s certification mark.