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Impartiality Policy

QESI Certification hereby confirms implementation and adherence to the following policies

It is the policy of QESI Certifications to operate its Certification operations by ensuring the viability of the value of certification, accessibility of its services to all users of Certification and these shall be applied in a manner necessary to preserve the guiding principles of impartiality, competence, responsibility, openness, confidentiality and responsiveness.

QESI Certifications (including its staff, auditors, subcontractors and agents) shall not participate in the designing, implementation or maintenance (including Internal Audit) of the management systems of its Certification customers and shall not have been engaged in such activities in the two years prior to the client’s receipt of QESI’s Certification services.

QESI Certifications embark on responsibility to inculcate confidence in the delivery of its Certification services to customers and parties that have an interest in Certification. This shall be achieved by upholding the principles of impartiality (including taking action against threats, i.e. from self-interest, self- review, familiarity, intimidation), competence, responsibility, openness, confidentiality and responsiveness to complaints.

In the management of impartiality, QESI Certifications recognises the possibilities for conflicts of interests arising from relationships of those persons or organisations having an interface with QESI. This includes staff, sub-contractors and agents. QESI Certifications undertakes to complete a thorough assessment of the risks and the residual risks to impartiality and to determine the action to be taken to eliminate or minimise those risks. The risk assessment process will be on-going and will be maintained over all operations, services of QESI Certifications and associated Management Review process.

QESI Certifications is committed to provide and maintain a high quality, professional and impartial service as agreed for certifying clients’ management systems which meets the requirements of all the relevant international, national and or other standards and or regulation normative documents and specifications as required by the accreditation authorities.

The top management of QESI Certifications has the ultimate authority and responsibility to ensure the effective operation of QESI’s management system by ensuring the appropriate resources are available and deployed.

All personnel involved in the Certification operations are committed to understanding this policy, complying with the principles and documentation and maintaining continued competence.

It is understood by the top management of QESI Certifications that it is required to evaluate its systems, procedures and practices from time to time to ensure that impartiality in its certification is maintained. Parties with an interest in the certification services of QESI Certifications are invited, by virtue of this policy, to submit any proposals, comments or relevant observations on the services of QESI, such that these may be considered by QESI as part of its evaluation process for continual improvement.

Signed & Approved:

Managing Director

On behalf of
Quality Evaluation Systems International

Date: 01-05-2017

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