Sovereign Certification

FAQs

*NEW: What about updates to the ISO 9001 & ISO 14001?

In September ISO published the updated standards ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 and next year OHSAS 18001 will be republished as ISO 45001

In line with the protocol adopted by the certification industry we will have a transition period of up to 3 years before we consider phasing out certification to the previous versions of the standards. We are not encouraging a rapid adoption of the updated standards but will be offering solutions to meet the new standards in 2016 (Note A).

We are currently developing a new set of sample manuals which will include the new necessary process solutions. The manual will use a new format known as Annex SL; this new format will enable the standards to be implemented in a more integrated basis.

Suggested amendments for existing manuals will be provided during your normal annual renewal cycle advising what needs to be done to meet the new standards. You will be able to confirm compliance as soon as you are ready so that an updated Certificate of Registration can be issued.

During 2016 new manuals meeting the new standards will be issued to currently registered and new customers. All new and existing customers will be encouraged to use the new manuals as the best solutions to meet the new standards (Note B).

Special Offer*: For those registered clients who do not hold certification to all 3 of our currently available schemes (ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001: 2004, OHSAS 18001: 1999) we are able to provide certification to any of the schemes at a rate which excludes the normal application fee. This means that certification can be achieved for the assessment fee only (£160.00 plus VAT). (Upgrade to the new standards will then be provided in due course using the process outlined above).

1. Who is this scheme designed for?

a. Organisations that wish to demonstrate to customers that they are ISO 9001, ISO 14001 or OHSAS 18001 compliant but do not need an accredited certificate.
b. Organisations wishing to keep costs to a minimum and/or do not want the inconvenience of an on-site assessment.
c. Those organisations that may seek accredited certificate in the future and utilse this scheme as a stepping stone.

2. What is the difference between accredited and unaccredited certification?

In the United Kingdom certification bodies may apply to the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for accreditation of their certification scheme. This level of certification is often required by government bodies and other corporate entities. Many other customers are concerned only with ensuring that their suppliers are compliant with the standards. Accredited certification is indicated by the "crown and tick" UKAS mark in the UK and companies such as BSIQA, LRQA and SGS are providers of this type of certification.

Note: The Sovereign Certification Limited certification scheme is not accredited but we will still advise clients upon request.

3. Do you provide a certificate and logo?

Following completion of the assessment process we issue a Certificate of Registration which is subject to annual renewal and our company logo indicating the standard that you are certificated for.