Essentially an "are you ready" visit viewing
Are the documented system complete against the standard?
Is it appropriate to the company’s activity?
Does it cover all of the process of the company?
The Internal Audit and Management Review Systems
Have they been implemented or are they going to be implemented before Stage 2?
Omissions of actions required will be identified to assist the company in final preparations for Stage 2
Paper, Practice, People
That the 3P system is implemented as required
That the implementation is effective in achieving the company’s objective
That any gaps in implementation and effectiveness is identified by the company themselves AND that any other gaps are then subject to improvement from within
Do what you say you will do.
Achieve what you set out to achieve.
React to problems and sponsor improvement.
Minor or Major Non-conformance
Requires closure before certification
Requires action being committed in a reasonable time frame before certification
Results are achieved but not in the way that the system prescribes.
Processes (of the system) are confused or misleading but no non-conformance has resulted at this time.
Areas of possible benefit from rationalization or amendment.
Certificate life span is 3 years – Renewable