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Certification & Accreditation - Overview

We are the service provider of Quality Management Systems and Certification to industry, utilizing the SABS brand name. We offer two certification schemes that address the quality of an organization’s service or product, namely, Product Certification and System Certification. We have been specializing in certification since 1980 with the goal of getting and keeping our clients on the forefront of international technology and managerial practices.

The SABS brand name is established in the market place and is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable brands in South Africa. Synonymous with quality, reliability and dependability, the SABS mark can be found on anything from crayons to a bag of cement, from a complex computer to mineral water.

Assessment by an independent third party is by no means compulsory, although such an assessment will carry more weight from the customer’s point of view than a mere announcement on the part of the supplier that he conforms to the standard. An assessment may also be legally imposed or required by contract.

Certification includes first-party audits by your own personnel and a third-party audit by our auditors. The first-party audits are performed internally by trained persons in your organisation in accordance with established standards and documentation. The third-party audit involves independent reviews and certification by us. Second-party audits, which are performed by the customer at the supplier’s location, can be easily eliminated if the supplier is registered by us.

Certification ensures that organisations take time to understand what their quality processes are, that these processes are implemented and followed by everyone in the organisation, and are documented and maintained so they can be demonstrated to an outside agency.

ISO does not grant certification; these are given by specific organisations. No registration claim is legally valid unless backed up by a certificate from a recognised certifier like SABS Certification.

Our auditors are subject to stringent rules (as set out in standard ISO/IEC 17021 and ISO/IEC TS on auditing quality systems) in order to assess their qualifications and practical workplace experience. Assessing teams are furthermore required to include persons specialised in the specific industry or service being assessed.