The Global Inter Certification Body (Hereafter GIC) is the legal entity responsible for certification activities; reference to GIC in this Policy and Public Statement refers to this legal entity.
GIC its Directors, Managers and Staffs fully understand the importance of impartiality in undertaking its Certification Activities. GIC ensures that in all its dealings with clients or potential clients that all employees or other personnel are and will remain impartial. To ensure that impartiality is both maintained and can be demonstrated the following principles have been established:
• Certificates are only issued following a review by an independent, authorized and competent member of the Evaluation Panel to ensure that no interest shall predominate.
• GIC does not offer (and has never offered) management system consultancy or any other form of consultancy to companies or individuals who apply or will apply for management systems to GIC.
• GIC does not offer (and has never offered) an internal audit service to companies or individuals who apply or will apply for management systems to GIC.
• GIC does not certify another certification body for its management system certification activities.
• GIC does not own or have any interest (financial or otherwise) in any other companies that offer certification, management system consultancy or internal audit services.
• GIC does not have (and will not form) any relationships with companies who offer consultancy, internal audit services or other services that can be construed as having an impact on the certification services provided by GIC.
• Any proposed relationship between GIC and any other company will undergo a risk assessment by the Committee for Impartiality prior to that relationship being formalized. Any current relationships with companies, organizations and individuals will be risk assessed on a regular basis to ensure that the relationship does not impact upon the impartiality of the certification process.
• The risk assessment will be undertaken by the Committee for Impartiality.
• Individuals employed by or otherwise contracted to GIC are required to document and record their current and past relationships with all companies. Any situation past or present which may present a potential conflict of interest is required by GIC to be declared and evaluated.
• GIC will use the information to identify any threats to impartiality and will not use that individual in any capacity unless they can demonstrate that there isn’t any conflict of interest.
• GIC will not allocate a member or sub-contractor to a management system audit if there was any relationship in the past. Exceptionally and at the discretion of the General Manager an individual or sub-contractor may be allocated to a management system audit where a past relationship has existed but there hasn’t been any relationship for a minimum of 2 years.
• The risk assessment will be reviewed by the Committee for Impartiality.
• GIC does not offer any training for system establishment.
• GIC will ensure that it is not linked or marketed in any way which links it with the activities of a management system consultancy and will take appropriate action should any such link be identified.
• All employees will be reviewed at least annually to ensure that they remain impartial when conducting audits.
• Auditors and others involved in the certification process are not and will not be put under any pressure and will not be influenced in any way to come to a particular conclusion regarding the result of an audit.