Certification/Process Assurance can be of tremendous usefulness for showcasing credibility – demonstrating that a product or service meets the expectations of its customers.
The largest and most reputable standards creation body is the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO, however, does not perform certification. They develop International Standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Certification is subsequently performed by external certification bodies such as Certfort, using the guidelines set by ISO.
ISO was founded with the idea of answering a fundamental question: “what’s the best way of doing this?”.
Solving Complex Business Challenges with Best Practice, Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks.
ISO Standards help businesses of any size and sector reduce costs, increase productivity, and access new markets.
Build customer confidence regarding product safety and reliability.
Meet regulatory requirements at a lower cost.
Reduce costs across all aspects of the business.
Gain market access across the world.
While some standards are industry-specific, many of the most popular standards are generic and can be implemented in any organization regardless of the sector.
Certfort leads the vanguard of our continent’s adoption of most widely acclaimed IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Standards and Frameworks. Leveraging our strategic partnerships across the globe, our goal is to champion and power the emergence of global organizations from Africa.
Auditing is defined as the on-site or off-site verification (inspection or examination) of a process or quality system to ensure compliance with requirements.
An audit can apply to an entire organization or might be specific to a function, process, or production step. Audits have also been instituted for specific administrative purposes, such as auditing documents, risk, or performance, or following up on completed corrective actions.
This type of audit is an examination of a particular product or service, such as hardware, processed material, or software. A product audit evaluates whether the product/service conforms to requirements (i.e., specifications, performance standards, and customer requirements).
This type of audit verifies that processes are working within established limits. It evaluates an operation or method against predetermined instructions or standards to determine conformance to the standards and the effectiveness of the instructions. A process audit may:
A system audit is an audit conducted on a management system. It can be described as a documented activity performed to verify, by examination and evaluation of objective evidence, that applicable elements of the system are appropriate and effective and have been developed, documented, and implemented in accordance with specified requirements.
For example, a quality management system audit evaluates an existing quality management program to determine its conformance to company policies, contract commitments, and regulatory requirements.
Similarly, an environmental system audit examines an existing environmental management system.