A recertification audit will be planned and conducted to evaluate the continued fulfillment of all of the requirements of the relevant management system standard or other normative documents. The purpose of the recertification audit is to confirm the continued conformity and effectiveness of the management system as a whole and its continued relevance and applicability for the scope of certification.
The recertification audit considers the performance of the management system over the period of certification and includes the review of previous surveillance audit reports. Recertification audit activities may need to have a stage 1 audit in situations where there have been significant changes to the management system, the client, or the context in which the management system is operating (e.g. changes to legislation).
The recertification audit will include an on-site audit that addresses the following:
The effectiveness of the management system in its entirety in the light of internal and external changes and its continued relevance and applicability to the scope of certification
Demonstrated commitment to maintaining the effectiveness and improvement of the management system in order to enhance overall performance
Whether the operation of the certified management system contributes to the achievement of the organization's policy and objectives
When, during a recertification audit, instances of nonconformity or lack of evidence of conformity are identified, SARA will define time limits for correction and corrective actions to be implemented prior to the expiration of certification.
The certifier will make decisions on renewing certification based on the results of the recertification audit, as well as the results of the review of the system over the period of certification and complaints received from users of certification.
Recertification audit will be scheduled at least 3 months before the certificate of registration expires.