1. AUDIT CONFIRMATION
At least three months before the commencement of Stage 1 Audit, our Client Account Manager will send an Audit Plan. This Audit Plan contains dates and breakdown of activities for your confirmation.
2. PRE-ASSESSMENT AUDIT (OPTIONAL)
Your organisation can opt to perform a Pre-Assessment Audit. This pre-assessment Audit identifies any possible gaps of your current Anti-Bribery Management System to meet the requirements of the ISO 37001 Standard. This increases your chance of successfully being recommended for ABMS Certification.
3. STAGE 1 AUDIT
At Stage 1 Audit, we conduct a documentation review – i.e. your existing policies and procedures which will produce a detailed audit report. The report will confirm whether you successfully pass to Stage 2.
4. STAGE 2 AUDIT
Stage 2 Audit is conducted on-site. The objective is to evaluate your management system implementation and its effectiveness across the business. If you successfully meet the audit requirements, you will move to Step 7.
5. SUBMISSION OF CORRECTIVE ACTION PLANS
If minor non-conformities are found during the Stage 2 Audit, your organisation will be required to submit a corrective action plan and its evidence within a 45 days period. In a case of major non-conformities, we will ask you to submit the corrective action plan within 90 days.
6. VERIFICATION OF CORRECTIVE ACTION PLANS
On a receipt of corrective action plan and evidence, our Lead Auditor will verify its compliance with ISO 37001 requirements. In a case of a minor non-conformity, the verification will be done off-site, whereas for major non-conformity, the verification will be done on-site in a follow-up audit.
7. RECOMMENDATION FOR CERTIFICATION
If your organisation is found to be compliant with ISO 37001:2016 requirements, our Lead Auditor will make a positive recommendation for ABMS certification to the Certification Committee.
8. CERTIFICATION DECISION
Once the Certification Committee receives the recommendation for certification, they review the case file and recommendation, and reach a decision to award or reject the ABMS Certification. If the Certification is rejected, the organisation is requested to provide further corrective actions (refer to step 5)
9. AWARDING CERTIFICATE
Congratulations – your organisation is awarded with an ABMS Certificate. Each issued certificate will have a unique certificate number and seal. The validity of a certificate is 3 years from the date of issuance. The status of the given certification can be verified by emailing info@ABACgroup.com or online ABACgroup.com/verify-certificate
10. CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT & SURVEILLANCE
Surveillance Audits are planned over a three-year period and will ensure that the organisation is still compliant with ISO 37001 standard requirements.
11. RE-CERTIFICATION AUDIT
After the initial registration period is completed, the renewing of our ABAC Anti-Bribery Management System is seamless. For more information regarding re-certification please contact info@ABACgroup.com