Accreditation is the independent evaluation of certification bodies against the standard ISO/IEC 17021: (Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems) to ensure their impartiality, competence and consistency.
The standard sets out the principles and requirements for the competence, consistency and impartiality of bodies providing audit and certification of management systems services.
It should be noted that the fact that a certification body is not accredited does not, by itself, mean that it is not a reputable organization.
i-Cert is a SANAS accredited certification body. We offer certification by means of 3rd party audits.
Certification of a Management System means that a third party verification has been conducted to establish that a Management System complies with the requirements of a specified standard.
The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is recognised by the South African Government as the single National Accreditation Body that gives formal recognition that Laboratories, Certification Bodies, Inspection Bodies, Proficiency Testing Scheme Providers and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) test facilities are competent to carry out specific tasks in terms of the Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act (Act 19 of 2006).
ISO 9001: 2015 Quality management systems — Requirements
The ISO 9000 family of standards is related to quality management systems and designed to help organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders, while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to the product. ISO 9000 deals with the fundamentals of quality management systems including the eight management principles on which the family of standards is based.
ISO 14001: 2015 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system. It does not state requirements for environmental performance, but maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. Using ISO 14001 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
The main aim of ISO 14001:2015 is to assist companies in continually improving their environmental performance.
ISO 45001 is a risk based Management System Standard for occupational health and safety management systems. The purpose of this standard is to help all kinds of organizations put in place and demonstrate sound occupational health and safety performance. This standard was published in March 2018 and will replace OHSAS 18001.
ISO 50001 specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, the purpose is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement in energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy security, energy use and consumption. This standard aim is to help an organization continually reduce their energy use, and their energy costs. *this is an unaccredited scheme
OHSAS 18001 is a risk based Management System Standard for occupational health and safety management systems. The purpose of this standard is to help all kinds of organizations put in place and demonstrate sound occupational health and safety performance.
It stands for the chemical industry's desire to improve health, safety, and environmental performance. It is driven by the Chemical and Allied Industries Association, CAIA.
The signatory chemical companies agree to commit themselves to improve their performances in the fields of environmental protection, occupational safety and health protection, plant safety, product stewardship and logistics.