EPI Certification Pte Ltd (EPI) strictly follows the ISO audit process flow as shown in the illustration below:
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EPI will notify all its clients through official emails/letters on any update or changes of the requirements for certification. EPI shall verify its clients conformity with the new requirements.
The certified clients are expected to inform EPI, without delay, of matters that may affect the capability of the management system to continue to fulfil the requirements of the standard used for certification. These include, for example, changes related to;
EPI shall act as appropriate.
Short Notice Audits
EPI may conduct audits of certified clients at short notice or unannounced to investigate complaints, or in response to changes, or as follow up on suspended clients. In such cases;
Process for expansion or reducing scope of certification
All requests for changes, either expanding or reducing, to certified scopes must be made in writing. No application form is required to be completed.
For extension of scopes to include new processes, additional cost will be charged for the assessment conducted. Certification Assessment Report shall be used for the assessment conducted. Review and approval process of the recommendation remains the same as for certification assessment.
If the organization requests for a reduction of a certified scope, this shall be confirmed during the continuing assessment or during a special visit that might be required to better understand the reduction in scope. A revised certificate or Appendix to Certificate to the organization will be issued after all the necessary verification has been completed complete.
Process for suspending or restoring the scope of certification
The certified organisation is required to inform EPI in writing if there is any reorganisation or revamping of the certified management system. If the reorganisation takes more than six months from the due date, the organisation’s certificate may be suspended.
For cases where no suspension is made, a verification assessment shall be conducted upon completion of the reorganisation or revamp of management system. The verification assessment will normally be carried out during the continuing assessment.
Request for postponement of continuing assessment is required if the postponement would result in an overdue of more than 2 months for the certified organisation. At the sole discretion of EPI, the certified company may be submitted to Stage 2 audit at the next visit. Its certification would be suspended if the coming audit is overdue more than 6 months from the due date.
If the certificate has been suspended, a full assessment will be required to be conducted prior to the reinstatement of the certification. The assessor is required to complete the Certification Assessment Report. The recommendation will be subject to the same review and approval process as for certification.