FAQs

Frequently asked questions relating to ISO certification:

Why choose DAT?

1.Our services are unequalled for quality, value, professionalism and results

2. We use don't use complicated terms or jargon

3. Our consultant selection process is rigorous

4. Our expertise in ISO system delivery is second to none

5. We simply get on with the job of getting you where you need to be!

6. We have a first time success rate of 100% 

Why use ProActive?

It makes ISO, IATF and BRC Global systems easier to apply

Its fast, secure and intuitive

Its easy to maintain,

Its easy to tailor and expand covering additional standards

Its cost effective and great value compared with other packages

It is performance oriented i.e. dashboard and 80/20 analysis tools

It is great for driving continual improvement and accountability

It can be applied to multiple standards i.e. ISO 9001, ISO 45001

It can be accessed and updated from the shop-floor or on site

Its multiple device compatible - desktop, tablet and smart phone

It has a 100% first time certification record

It is unrivalled for its wide range of PDCA functions

It aids effective leadership and a meaningful top loss focus

It is tried, tested and retained by a broad and loyal client base

It works!  take a look at some of our testimonials

What does ProActive do?

ProActive makes the management of your ISO, BRC Global or IATF management easier and more effective.

Why is consultant selection so important?

Making the wrong consultancy choice can be costly. There are lots of consultants to choose from, many driven by sales targets and fixed template ISO system models. DAT works on the basis that our clients come first and that their management systems will always be tailored against client needs and not based on fitting a poor consultancy template. Don't box your ISO system in by using a rigid template approach. "buyer beware"!

What is the difference between accreditation and certification?

Certification bodies such Bsi, LRQA, SGS and ACS Registrars in the UK are accredited by UKAS or the United Kingdom Accreditation Service or ANAB the American National Accreditation Board in the USA. Certification or registration is provided by UKAS, ANAB or other nationally accredited certification bodies.

Why use a UKAS accredited when non-accredited is cheaper?

Certification provided by non accredited certification bodies is not accepted by the majority of customers seeking to establish the risks associated with your capability to provide products or or services. Non accredited certification bodies are not subject to routine scrutiny by UKAS or an equivalent national body such as ANAB. As such, non accredited certification is not considered to have the same level of credibility as that provided by accredited certification bodies. Buyer beware, if the deal sounds too good to be true it probably is!

ISO 9001:2015 transition?

ISO 9001:2015 consultancy and transition packages are now available from DAT. We have some first class solutions for transition so why not give us a call.

ISO 14001:2015 transition?

ISO 14001:2015 consultancy and transition packages are now available from DAT. We have some first class solutions for transition so why not give us a call.

What is annex SL ?

Annex SL is a higher level structure applied for ISO management systems. It provides opportunities for ISO system integration covering ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 45001 systems, ISO 45001 the replacement for OHSAS 18001:2008.

How should we select a consultancy to assist us?

Ask the consultancy to provide evidence of recent and past results for the standards against which you are seeking certification. Ask for references and the permission to validate any provided references. Ask for evidence of any consultant qualifications against which claims are made. Be cautious of web site claims that consultants are qualified lead auditors. These claims are often made on the basis of training course attendance only and have no relevance to the consultant's actual competence in auditing. Genuine lead auditors are registered with an appropriate body such as IRCA or IEMA.

What are the cost of your DAT Performance services?

Costs vary and depend on the type of service required by the client. We work to ensure that the lowest cost and highest level of value are delivered for all projects. Official quotes with fixed costs are provided usually following initial scoping visits or detailed discussions.

Can DAT Performance provide support post certification?

We don’t abandon you once certification is achieved! Key to our success are the trust and relationships built up during a system build project. Once certification is achieved we are available for email and telephone support. If additional and more involved support is required from your consultant to maintain the system this can be arranged and usually at the day rate charged for the original project. Support typically involves auditing and further systems development.

How would a company acheive ISO certification?

1. Gain a commitment from the Top Management to the ISO project

2. Build your ISO system, if required source a reputable consultancy like DAT to assist

3. Find an accredited certification body ensuring that the body holds the required credentials

4. Complete the stage 1 certification body assessment (documentation and business preparations for stage 2)

5. Complete the stage 2 certification body assessment (evidence ISO systems are in place and working) Registration / Certification recommended 

6. Certification awarded by the certification body

7. ISO system maintained 

8. Certification body visits at specified frequencies 

What is the status of ISO 45001, the replacement for OHSAS18001?

ISO 45001 was published in March 2018. ISO 45001 replaces OHSAS 18001:2007. A three year transition period will follow ISO 45001 introduction. Certification against ISO 45001 is now available from accredited certification bodies that have achieved accredited status from the national bodies i.e. UKAS, ANAB etc. Please contact us for more information.

How long does it take to achieve certification?

It depends on the scope and size of the project. Typically a ISO 9001:2015 project can range between three to six months. 

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