The certification process has been started or will start soon. Hereby, several things are involved, such as defining a scope. Everything that falls outside the scope won’t be included in the certification, either won’t it be viewed or conducted. But how do you define a proper scope and why is it so important?

A scope indicates the nature, size and framework of the certification. It’s a textual description of the organisations’ activities/processes which will be audited.

A proper description about the scope is crucial to show towards the outside world, in which exact part of the organisation the audit has been conducted. During the description of a scope you should keep in mind: How can we formulate the scope in such a clear way, third parties also immediately can see and understand why the certification has been provided. In the scope, it should be mentioned which activities, processes and/or services meet the standard concerned. A well-defined scope provides clarity, direction and focus.

A scope will be set during the certification application. The customer has built up a management system based on the previous defined scope. Based on this scope, we being a certification institution, will define whether we can help the customer or not. Brand Compliance won’t certify under accreditation if the scope of the certification differs from the mentioned work areas.

Tips

  • Speak in the indefinite way and limit the use of certain pronouns;
  • Avoid using abbreviations;
  • Don’t use ambiguous or misleading sentences;
  • Use verbs

Good example:
‘’Selling or repairing cars’’

Bad example:
‘’Car dealer’’

What does a certification say?

A certification has no gurantee against any mistakes, but it provides a starting point on how to learn from the previous mistakes and to prevent any incidents in the future. With a certification, you as the organisation can show that your management system meets the requirements of the standard. The certification is of big value, especially when it is a requirement of any interested parties. The interested parties can do business with your organisations confidently.

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