ABAC® Center of Excellence: aiming for a higher standard

February 10, 2020

At ABAC® Center of Excellence Limited, we are affiliated with leading certification and accreditation bodies around the world. These affiliations and accreditations help demonstrate the high level of experience and knowledge we provide in anti-bribery, risk and compliance management to our clients on a daily basis. That’s why ABAC® has achieved essential accreditations from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), Emirates International Accreditation Center (EIAC); membership in the Association of British Certification Bodies (ABCB); and is an official partner of the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG).

ABAC Center of Excellence Limited was established in 2016 by CRI Group, a global leader in risk, compliance and anti-bribery management systems. ABAC® was launched to provide certification and online training in anti-bribery and anti-corruption risk management and compliance for organisations worldwide. CRI Group and ABAC® CEO Zafar I. Anjum, CFE, said that ABAC® Center of Excellence Limited is proud to be accredited by, and affiliated with, international accreditation bodies. “Our engagement with high-profile bodies like EIAC, ABCB and UKAS demonstrates the effectiveness of our ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System certification and training, along with our ISO 19600, ISO 31000 certifications and other programs,” Anjum said.

United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

ABAC Center of Excellence Limited is accredited by UKAS for administering ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System certification. Pursuant to this, UKAS accredited ABAC Center of Excellence Limited in the UK, Malaysia and Dubai for ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems (ABMS) certification in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021-1: 2015 conformity assessment requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems. UKAS is the sole national accreditation body for the United Kingdom and is recognised by the government, to assess against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.

Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of ABAC Certification services. UKAS is a nonprofit-distributing private company, limited by guarantee, and is independent of Government. Zafar Anjum, CEO of CRI Group and ABAC®, said “We are honoured that UKAS has accredited the ABAC Center of Excellence Limited for the scope of ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System. We know this anti-bribery management standard is critical for any organisation seeking to prevent bribery, demonstrate “adequate procedures”, and stay in compliance with new and emerging laws and legislation.”

“As the United Kingdom’s sole national accreditation body, UKAS’s endorsement is critical in knowing ABAC Certification Auditors’ and subject-specific experts’ competencies and our certification process for ISO 37001:2016 ABMS are at the highest level,” said Huma Khalid, Scheme Manager at ABAC Center of Excellence Limited.

Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC)

ABAC Certification is also accredited by EIAC, making it the first accreditation of its kind awarded to a certification body specialising in global anti-bribery and anti-corruption, risk and compliance standards. EIAC was established pursuant to Law number (27) for the year 2015, issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, to become the governmental accreditation body of the Emirate of Dubai. EIAC’s main activity is to accredit Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), both Governmental and Private, within the UAE and overseas. “EIAC is an esteemed accreditation body, and we are honoured to have earned the first accreditation of its kind for ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System standard,” Anjum said.

Association of British Certification Bodies (ABCB)

ABAC Center of Excellence Limited is a proud member of ABCB, the recognised voice of accredited certification bodies in the UK. ABCB represents the views of its members to UKAS, IAF, EA and government to name a few. ABCB empowers accredited certification bodies by putting members first and representing their interests in the UK, Europe and globally on all matters relating to conformity assessment.

What this means for ABAC Center of Excellence is having a voice in the industry and government – to provide input and expertise on matters of policy and upcoming regulations, compliance standards, and laws. “Our membership with ABCB provides a seat at the table, which is critically important as standards and regulations undergo continual changes,” Anjum said. “It also provides us with advanced notification of potential revisions to those standards and regulations. This can be a critical advantage to our clients, and to us as we tailor our certification programs to meet these updates.”

Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG)

ABAC® is a Partner in Corporate Governance with Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance. As a MICG’s Partner in Corporate Governance programme, ABAC Center of Excellence Limited supports corporate governance development, education and training for organisations in Malaysia. MICG was founded in 1998 to define and promote corporate governance best practises in Malaysia. “We strongly support MICG’s mission and vision for promoting proper corporate governance and we know first-hand the importance of their work in Malaysia,” Anjum said. “ABAC Center of Excellence Limited is proud to partner with MICG in their efforts to bring needed education, training and best practices for organisations in both the private and public sectors.”

ABAC® opens new offices in the Abu Dhabi Global Market

ABAC Center of Excellence Limited recently announced the opening of its offices in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). Zafar Anjum, CEO of CRI Group and ABAC®, said: “The establishment of our offices in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) gives us the platform to expand our Accredited Certification capabilities further and enhance the level of support we offer to the international business community.”

“The ability to effectively pre-empt bribery and corruption by establishing timely ‘adequate procedures’ to prevent these issues can save corporations from huge potential losses and reputation damage,” Anjum said. “Reliable providers of accredited certification services like ABAC Certification can significantly help organisations in dealing with bribery and corruption, third-party risk management, noncompliance with the regional and international regulatory framework and malpractice. ABAC Certification’s expertise will enhance the diverse pool of business support services available within the ADGM.”

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