A certificate will enable you to demonstrate that your organisation works efficiently and safely, that you manage your work and work processes and that you strive to be a sustainable business. It allows you to reduce risks and improve the quality of your company, products and employees. An independent third party such as Kiwa will ensure that it is going to stay this way.
Certainty for clients: they can be sure that your management system, process or product meets international requirements and the conditions these impose, thanks to the certification.
Efficiency: your operations are more comprehensive, efficient and can be better controlled. Certification identifies the processes within your company and makes it clear which elements of your business operation can be improved.
Engagement: when all elements of your work processes have been identified, your employees work more efficiently, make fewer mistakes and therefore do not need to rectify these. This means more pleasure at work and greater engagement.
Confidence with competent authorities: you avoid discussions about whether you meet the correct laws and rules. A certificate will make it easier for you to be granted a licence.
Market opportunities: you will have an additional selling point because a renowned, independent inspection institute, rather than your own company, has certified that you provide quality.
Guideline: All requirements, regulations and laws that apply to a product that you want to certify are described in a Guideline (Beoordelingsrichtlijn, BRL, in Dutch) that has been independently drawn up. This forms the basis for certification. An AD is drawn up by an independent Board of Experts. All of the parties involved are seated on a Board of Experts. These include representatives from the clients, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, independent consultants, authorities and consumer organisations. The Board of Experts also determines the qualifications required by auditors and inspectors and sets the frequency and request for audits. Kiwa is supported by a large number of Boards of Experts on which around two hundred experts are seated.
Testing: Kiwa can perform a certification test for you. This may be, but does not have to be in Kiwa’s testing laboratories. A certification test enables you to know whether your product, process or system meets all requirements. Kiwa can carry out a test audit when you want, so that you know where you stand.
Audit and issue of certificate: Kiwa will perform an audit in your company. If the audit reveals that your product, process or system meets all requirements, then you will receive the certificate and where applicable the certification quality mark. If any defects are found then you will have at least six months to implement improvement measures.
Monitoring by Kiwa: a Kiwa auditor will visit your company on a regular basis. This may or may not be announced in advance. The purpose is to see whether the product, process or system still meets the requirements and still warrants the certificate. As the certificate holder, you have the right to use a quality mark, but on the other hand, you are obliged to observe the requirements concerning certification. Kiwa can take care of this. If any anomalies are found, then Kiwa may impose sanctions on you.
Kiwa is also regularly ‘approved’. By far the large majority of systems, products, process and certification of person regulations have been accredited by the Accreditation Council and European accreditation institutions.