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ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System Certification is critical for public, private, and non-profit organisations. It provides an important layer against threats of bribery, corruption, fraud and other security concerns. It also sets an organisation apart from its peers as model for ethical behaviour and compliance.

In a recent blog, we discussed the first part of getting ISO 37001:2016 certified. We covered the initial engagement and the first four steps, including the audit confirmation, pre-assessment, and stage one and stage two audit processes. Today we will discuss the rest of the certification process, the path to getting your organisation better protected and fully in compliance with Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence services.

Step 5: Follow up Audit (optional)

If a major non-conformity is raised or remains outstanding from Stage 1, an additional visit will need to be booked. For major non-conformity raised during Stage 2, a revisit will be required within 30 days of submitting the CAP to confirm the implementation of an effective CAP.

Step 6: Awarding of Certificate

If the organisation is compliant with the conditions of the Standard, a recommendation for certification will be made.

  • For minor non-conformities: This will not delay the certificate if an organisation has a CAP in place. The certificate is granted within 04 weeks from the time of CAP submission.
  • For major non-conformities, the organisation must submit and implement CAP within 180 days maximum. Once the auditor has verified the CAP, the certificate is granted within six weeks (from the time of CAP submission by the Client). However, all major non-conformities will need to be addressed before a certificate can be published.

Step 7: Continual improvement and surveillance audits

Surveillance is planned over three years and will ensure that the organisation complies with the standard.

Step 8: Re-certification Audit

The registration period is three years from the date on the certificate. After the initial registration period, renewing your Anti-Bribery Management System Certification is relatively seamless. Once the second surveillance visit has been completed, you will be sent a proposal for registration renewal/re-certification detailing the process and associated costs and assessment days for the next three years. A re-certification audit will require Stage 1 and Stage 2 audit. The depth of the audit and time required would be determined as per your performance (during the certification period) and any planned changes to your system. It’s that easy. Now is the time to move forward with ISO 37001:2016 certification.

Consider ISO 37001:2016 ABMS as one of the invaluable tools of your Third-Party Risk Management Strategy. Combined with due diligence, background screening, business intelligence and compliance solutions, ISO  37001 certification and training can lift your risk management process and help your business mitigate risks from third-party affiliations, protecting your organisation from liability, brand damage and harm to the business.


What comes next? 

For assistance in developing and implementing an Anti-Bribery Management System, contact ABAC® today or get a FREE QUOTEABAC® program helps ensure that your business has implemented a management system which prevents, detects and responds to bribery and complies with anti-bribery laws, internally and externally (i.e. agents, consultants, suppliers, distributors and other third-parties). ABAC© program can be tailored in accordance with your organisation’s requirements and your organisation will benefit from many other benefits such as:

  1. Extensive and Effective Global Coverage
  2. Our vast network of Certified Fraud Examiners, Compliance Officers and Research Consultants possess diverse industry backgrounds and are strategically positioned across five continents. Our multi-national corporate intelligence and forensics network is based in Dubai and operates in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North Africa and outlier territories where reliable information is difficult to obtain.
  3. Our professionals are acutely trained in international business compliance, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act, OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, Money Laundering Regulations and their associated developments. Business intelligence is gathered from regulators, industry observers, suppliers, competitors, distributors and even current/former customers.