From 1 April 2019, certification bodies must document how they meet the requirements of the GWO criteria for certification bodies. Certificates issued by those who have not provided documentation to GWO will not be accepted.
Certification bodies are reminded today of the new GWO Criteria for Certification Bodies, which come into effect at the beginning on 1 April 2019.
As of this date, it is mandatory for certification bodies to document their organisation's conformity with the Criteria and their audit team members specifically, prior to completing an audit. Certification bodies who provide this documentation are then listed on the GWO web site.
The change was first announced on 1 October 2018 when version 5 of the GWO Criteria for Certification Bodies was published. A further reminder was issued in November and certification bodies have since been invited to attend GWO Auditor Qualification Training, providing them with an alternative method of conforming with GWO's criteria.
All documentation should be collected and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Points 2 and 2.1 of the Criteria for Certification Bodies state:
As of April 1, 2019, it will be a mandatory requirement for the Certification Body to document conformity with the requirements in this document for the certification body itself, and the audit team members specifically, prior to performing an audit. Pending this, the certification body will be listed on the GWO web site as a pre-approved certifier.
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