Interview with a Certification Body: Sci Qual International

In the world of certification, there are consultants (eg QAS International) which work with organisations to develop and implement systems, and then there are Certification Bodies (CBs), which conduct the independent, third party assessment of compliance against standards.

The CB that provides the audit also determines the certification logos that can be used, so this is an important factor for some organisations. SQI-9001-QualityApproved XXXX

In the following interview I asked Ben White from the Certification Body: Sci Qual International http://www.sciqual.com.au/ to provide a little more information on his company’s operations.

Q: How long has Sci Qual been in operation?

A: We have been JAS-ANZ accredited since  1991

Q: Where are Sci Qual based?

A: Caboolture QLD

Q: What geographical do you serve?

A: All of Australia and New Zealand

Q: How many auditors do you employ?

A: 28

Q: What certifications does Sci Qual hold?

A: Sci Qual are certified to:

  • AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems – Requirements
  • AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use
  • AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems – Specification with guidance for use
  • OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational health and safety management systems. Requirements

Q: What JAS-ANZ accredited certifications are you authorised to perform?SQI-4801-OHS XXXX

A: JAS-ANZ certification we perform include:

  • AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems – Requirements
  • AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use
  • AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational health and safety management systems – Specification with guidance for use
  • OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational health and safety management systems. Requirements

Q: What other certifications do you perform?

A: SQI HACCP, SQI Environment, SQI Organic ISO 22000, ISO 31000 and Freshcare

Q: What types of organisations do you certify?

A: We have a wide range of clients including large multi nationals, state and local
Government, construction, service industries and many small businesses across a
wide range of sectors.

Q: Can an organisations have the same auditor each year?

A: Normally we can facilitate this but is dependent on availability of auditors. We will
work closely with clients to meet their requirements and this is our normal
practice.

Q: Do you monitor and schedule recurring audits?SQI-14001-Environment XXXX

A: We have a sophisticated custom built database that enables us to monitor audits,
non conformances and ensure only auditors with appropriate codes can be
assigned to an audit.

Q: Are there any other points you’d like to make?

A: We have a number of clients that we have certified continually for 20+ years.

Our auditors are pragmatic, experienced people with years of auditing experience and who have generally held senior management positions or run their own businesses.

We have 5 client managers (3 ISO and 2 Food) who work with auditors and clients to deliver a simple straightforward service. We don’t use call centres and we are very responsive on quotes and audit scheduling. Our objective is to make the certification process as easy as possible while maintaining the integrity of the certification system.

Thank you Ben!