Certification is valid for three years. Annual surveillance audits are required during the second and third years following initial certification or recertification. During these audits, broad-stroke reviews are conducted to determine if any significant or relevant changes have been made to the management system. Limited testing is done to confirm that your organization is continuing to maintain the requirements of the underlying audit criteria between audit periods.
To ensure continuity of management system certification, recertification audits are performed by the certification body before the three-year term expires. Audit scope builds upon improvements and audit trails established during the previous certification cycle and includes more in-depth inspections than surveillance assessments.