Whenever you see a compliance claim, it’s wise to verify who is making the claim and what they are claiming, so you can decide whether the certificate is actually valid. If someone is claiming compliance falsely, especially a critical supplier, it shouldn’t be very difficult to figure out, either by questioning them or by conducting an on-site audit. In addition, if the company has been certified by a certification body then you can easily and quickly check the JAS-ANZ register (or equivalent register in their country) to see whether their certification body are an accredited organisation and you can then check with the certification body (often on their website) to ensure the certification is genuine.
Isn’t this getting a bit paranoid? Not really- Fraudulent and misleading activity is surprisingly common in the ISO certification world. The following articles highlight some typical examples that are worth reading (see resources for links). visit – https://lambangcapgiarehcm.com/
- Quick-thinking is the best defence against fraud – this article highlights the growing concerns relating to the malpractice with ISO certification with some organisations offering “unaccredited” versions. (NB an offshoot of this organisation has been discovered by Heather operating in Australia)
- City Hall’s ISO certification gets nullified – this article discusses how the City Council of Nairobi lost its ISO certification after it was revealed that the company that awarded the certification had issued a bogus certificate.
Reducing the risks of outsourcing to overseas suppliers
When your organisation outsources part of its operations to an overseas supplier, there are some important issues you need to be aware of and manage to ensure that you mitigate risks, that service and production standards are maintained and you remain compliant to ISO and other regulatory standards.
- It can be notoriously difficult to get evidence from outsourced suppliers that they meet your minimum standards.
- Also unfortunately, in some regions routinely used for outsourcing by Australian companies, even when that evidence is sent and can be translated, it can be difficult to verify if it is genuine (i.e. “purchased” certifications are rife in Asia and other areas).
- If getting evidence of certification is your only evidence of due diligence in terms of outsourced products and services, you and your business are at risk in terms of your legal liability in the case of supplier malpractice or a recall for example.