• Terms and Conditions of Certification

Terms and Conditions of Certification

Last updated 12 May 2017

1 INTRODUCTION
CCAS follow the criteria specified in the ISO/IEC 17021 Standard for a Certification Body recognised as competent and reliable in the operation of Management Systems.
This Agreement shall be governed by English Law.

2 SCOPE OF THE RULES OF REGISTRATION
The assessment and certification of management systems operated by an Applicant eg ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 etc. The Applicant must agree to supply all necessary information to CCAS.

3 DEFINITIONS
For the purpose of these Terms and Conditions:
Applicant means an individual, body corporate or body unincorporated applying for a Certificate of Registration.
Assessment means a verification of the effectiveness of the relevant Management System operated by an Applicant through the examination of materials, finished product, methods of test, records, systems, environmental and other activities established by the Applicant within its Management System.
Technical Committee means the committee appointed to establish and monitor the performance of the CCAS certification scheme and make recommendations for improvement as necessary.

Certificate of Registration means a document issued by CCAS in recognition that the management system operated by the Applicant meets the requirements of the applicable Standard and these Terms and Conditions.

Client means applicant or registered company as appropriate.
Product means the goods, processes or services provided by a client.
Certification of a Management System means independent demonstration that the management system of the organisation

a) Conforms to specified requirements

b) Is capable of consistently achieving its state policy and objectives, and

c) Is effectively implemented.

Registered Company means an individual, body corporate or body unincorporated which has been granted a Certificate of Registration.
Scope of Registration means the range of products, services, activities covered by the management system of a registered company specified on the Certificate of Registration.
Standard means the Standards or other requirements for which the applicant organisation is seeking certification.

Observer means person who accompanies the audit team but does not act as an auditor.  An observer can be a member of the auditee, a regulator UKAS) or other interested party.  In addition a technical expert may accompany an auditor but does not act as an auditor in the audit team unless qualified to do so.

4.1 PRESENCE OF OBSERVERS, TECHNICAL EXPERTS ETC

It is a condition of clients applying for and maintaining certification that, where applicable, they make provision and accommodate the presence of observers etc when required to do so.

4.2 APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION
On receipt of an enquiry for certification from an applicant, a review of the information provided is undertaken by the CCAS Sales Team to determine the number of assessment days and associated costs required to carry out the initial certification and ongoing registration costs. A quotation is then produced and issued to the applicant which includes the number of assessment days and costs of certification. To confirm acceptance of the quotation, the applicant is required to sign the "contract acceptance" section of the "quotation proposal" and submit it to CCAS together with payment for the Stage 1 Planning Visit. Arrangements are then made by the CCAS Planning Department, with the applicant, for the the Stage 1 assessment to take place.  The balance of certification/registration costs i.e. Stage 2 Initial Assessment, should be made at least 7 days prior to the commencement of the date of the assessment.