Certification Principles and Process
Certification is achieved through the process of auditing and correcting non-conformances found at audit. For ISO 12647-2, it also involves passing a product test.
For new customers seeking certification to a management system standard, such as ISO 9001 or 14001, there is an initial audit in 2 stages, designed to cover the whole of your management system, it’s documentation and its implementation. Stage 1 looks at your documented system, the extent of its implementation, and you understanding and commitment to the standard, whereas stage 2 looks in depth at the implementation of the system.
At Stage 1, PMC raises development points to be addressed prior to Stage 2. The time elapsed between Stage 1 and 2 depends on the findings at Stage 1, but can follow shortly afterwards if all is well and the system is well implemented. At Stage 2, PMC raises Corrective Action Requests (CAR’s), to which you will be asked to respond with supporting evidence. Once these CAR’s are closed out through acceptance of you response by the auditor, your audit file will be sent for an independent review. If this is successful then certification is awarded, and you will be send a certificate, and any necessary schedule as well as the PMC marks and UKAS accreditation symbols, together with instructions for their use.
You will then be subject to surveillance audits, at a minimum of once per year, and then a full re-assessment of your system again in the third year following certification.
The cost of certification is determined by the standard being assessed and the number of audit days required, which is dependant on the nature of your organisation and its processes, and for ISO 12647-2, the number of presses to be tested, and so a quote for certification can only be made on a case by case basis. PMC aims to keep costs down for its customers, and if you would like a quotation, then please go to the certifications page and download and complete PMC’s questionnaire.
PMC's UKAS accreditation
UKAS is the sole UK national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services, and PMC is one of these organisations.
Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, independence, impartiality, and capability of Print and Media Certification Ltd. Through UKAS' membership of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF: www.iaf.nu), and its Multilateral Recognition Arrangements, PMC's accreditation is recognised throughout the world. UKAS accredited ISO 9001, 14001 or 12647 certification provides an internationally valued and recognised certification.
Further information about UKAS and details of our accreditation for management system and product certification can be found at www.ukas.com or contact PMC.
Principles of Certification
PMC is committed to the principles of impartiality, competence, responsibility, openness, confidentiality, and responsiveness to complaints. PMC understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out certification, and as a result, manages conflict of interests, and ensures the objectivity of certification.
Access to information
PMC will provide a directory of valid certifications upon request. We will provide access to appropriate, non confidential and timely information about our audit and certification process and about the certification status of organisations we have certified, or about specific audits to specific interested parties (eg audits in response to complaints).
This includes information about the process for granting, maintaining, extending, renewing, reducing, suspending, or withdrawing certification, the types of management systems and geographical areas in which we can operate. To request any of this information, or to confirm the validity of any given certification, or to find out about our appeals or complaints process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, organisation, contact telephone and the details of your request or write to PMC at Scheme Office, 86 Main Road, Wigginton, Tamworth, Staffordshire.UK. B79 9DZ.
PMC provides only certification and generic training services. We do not offer management systems consultancy, but can point organisations in the direction of suitable consultants who will seek to meet your requirements in this regard. In addition, we do not offer internal audits to our certified clients