Benefits of Conformance to International and National Standards
International Standards ensure the safety and quality of products and services, facilitate international trade and improve the environment in which we work and live in. Conformity to International Standards offers reassurance to your consumers that your products, services and organization are safe, reliable and good to the environment. International Standards are also strategic tools and guidelines which can assist your company in tackling demanding business challenges since they help in ensuring that business operations are as efficient as possible, increase productivity, reduce wastage, remain competitive and relevant as well as stimulate business growth though continual improvement through a focus on risk minimization.
Auditing as defined in ISO 19011:2018—Guidelines for auditing management systems, is a “systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining objective evidence [records, statements of fact or other information which are relevant and verifiable] and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the audit criteria [set of policies, procedures or requirements] are fulfilled.”
ICCASA offers your organization both professional and structured audits that are tailored and focused on your business operations in order to ensure tangible value-adding benefits that positively impact your organization’s performance and supports your organizational strategic direction. ICCASA offers management system auditing services in ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 39001, ISO 37001/SANS 1734, SANS 1393, AS9100 and SANS 10406. ICCASA also conducts integrated SHEQ audits.
First Party Audits
A first party audit is performed within your company to measure your organization’s performance as well as strengths and weaknesses against your internal business systems, policies and procedures as well as against external standards and requirements which may be adopted voluntary and/or mandatorily imposed on your organization. Internal audits are often referred to as first-party audits and may be either internal or external, depending on the interrelationships among the auditing team and participants. Most often, internal audits are performed by employees or your organization, however to avoid conflict of interest and to ensure objectivity, these audits can be performed by an outside, independent, unbiased and neutral certification body such as ICCASA.
Second Party Audits
A second-party audit is an external audit performed on a supplier by a customer or by a contracted organization such as a certification body such as ICCASA, on behalf of a customer, on its supplier/s. A second-party audit is therefore an audit that a certification body can conduct on behalf of your company on your supplier/s in order to ensure that they are meeting the requirements specified in the contract. As the customer, you can choose to audit all or only the critical requirements of the contract. It must be noted that a second-party audit is between the customer and the supplier and has nothing to do with becoming certified. Second-party audit results could influence the customer’s purchasing decisions.
Third Party Audits
A third-party audit is conducted when your company has decided that you want to create a management system that conforms to a standard set of requirements such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, etc. This then requires an independent company to perform an audit to verify that your company has successfully complied with the requirements of the relevant management system standard. ICCASA is an independent certification body that conducts such audits in order to compare and verify that your management system meets all the requirements of the applicable standard and continues to meet the requirements on an ongoing basis. Certification is then granted. This can be used to give your customers confidence that your management system meets the requirements of the relevant standard.