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What is meant by accreditation?

Accreditation is a process in which certification of competency, authority or credibility is presented.

Where can copies of the ISO standards be obtained?

ISO Standards and ISO Standards adopted as Sri Lanka Standards could be purchased at the inquiry desk of the Documentation & Information Division of SLSI on week days between 0830h and 1615h and weekends  (First and Third Saturday and the Second and Fourth Sunday of every month. This may sometimes differ due to holidays coinciding with Saturdays and Sundays).

What is meant by management system certification?

A management system is the framework of processes (a set of interrelated or interacting activities which transforms inputs into outputs) and procedures documented according to step by step method and are used to ensure that an organization can fulfill all tasks required to achieve its policies and objectives they wish to achieve.

What is the difference between a certification body and a registration body?

A certification body is an independent organization which certifies manufacturing and service organizations based on various management systems.

A registration body is an organization which certifies or registers the professionals (engineers/technicians/accountants etc.) and it specifies their proven knowledge, understanding and competence on their professionalism.

However certification is very often referred to as registration in North America

Where can I get training on Management System certification?

Training Division of SLSI

What are the main benefits of implementing a Management System certification?

  • Increase market opportunities
  • Cost savings
  • Assuring compliance to regulations
  • Meeting the demands of clients
  • Improve the stakeholder relations
  • Enhance corporate citizenship
  • Reduction of risks

How should I obtain Management System certification?

  • Step 1 - implementation of Management System in the organization according to the relevant standard
  • Step 2 - Submitting application to the SLSI
  • Step 3 - Conducting Audits (Adequacy + Stage-I + Stage-II) by SLSI and actions taken by client for highlighted nonconformities during the audits
  • Step 4 - Granting of Certificate

From where I can obtain Management System certification?

Systems Certification Division of SLSI

What is the cost for obtaining Management System certification?

It is varied for different systems. Therefore please refer SLSI web site slsi.lk

What is the annual fee?

It is varied for different systems. Therefore please refer SLSI web site slsi.lk

What is the certification period?

Period of time valid for the certification (Maximum 3 years)

How many audits are carried out per year?

One (Minimum)

What is meant by surveillance audit?

Annual audit carried out by SLSI

How can I apply for certification?

The interested party can obtain the application brochure set from the systems certification division (7th floor) of Sri Lanka Standards Institution or can download the application brochure set from SLSI official web site www.slsi.lk. Then the organization has to submit the application form, pre-assessment questionnaire along with the relevant manual to the systems certification division of SLSI.

How long it will take to get the certificate?

It depends on the nature and the commitment of the organization. The duration can be vary from one month to one year period.

How do I renew the certificate?

  • Step 1 - Submitting a fresh Application and a Pre Assessment Questionnaire along with the Management System Manual and other necessary documents specific to the scheme before 06 month period of the expiry date of the certification.
  • Step 2 - Conducting Audits [Adequacy+ Stage I (if SLSI decided as required) + Final Audit] by SLSI and actions taken by the organization for highlighted nonconformities  during the audits
  • Step 3 - Renewal of the Certification

Can I obtain more than one certification?

Yes

If I obtain more than one certification what are the benefits I can gain?

  • Significant improvement in effectiveness and efficiency. The benefits you can gain will be;
  • You can have an integrated management system running your business and focusing on your objectives. That will also help you to priorities risks to the business as a whole.
  • Improved efficiency and effectiveness.
  • The duplication of core activities is eliminated.
  • Documentation is simplified and reduced.
  • Decreasing interferences to your business, eliminating duplication of audit activity and fewer audits.
  • You will be able to establish an improved communication flow and recognition and understanding of responsibilities and interrelationships

Are there any discounts on my annual fee?

Yes. We have designed attractive discount rates as follows.

  • 10% rebate on certification charges for 2nd certification status from the SLSI.
  • 20% rebate on certification charges for 3rd certification status from the SLSI.

Other than that if you willing to pay for 3 years time period 15% rebate will be granted.

What is ISO 22000 certification?

It is a management system which specifiesrequirements for a food safety management system where any organization in the food chain needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption.

What kind of companies can obtain ISO 22000 certification?

Any organization with in the food chain or part of the food chain can apply for the certification; it includes farming, processing, manufacturing, catering, storing and distribution chains. In addition to that for any establishment supporting the core food chain such as packaging, bio chemical manufacturing & animal feed manufacturing also can apply for this certification.

What is ISO 9001 certification?

It is a management system to direct and control an organization with regard to quality. Further it provides generic approach for quality management system which enable an organization to provide products / services consistently conforming to standard requirements. Such generic approaches are applicable to any industry or economic sector with regard to the product and or services offered.

What kind of companies can obtain ISO 9001 certification?

Any organization who interested to certify their system against ISO 9001 : 2008 and wishes to improve existing processes  can obtain the certification.

What is ISO 14000 certification?

ISO 14000 is a series of environmental management standards developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The ISO 14000 standards provide a guideline or framework for organizations that need to systematize and improve their environmental management efforts. The ISO 14000 standards are not designed to aid the enforcement of environmental laws and do not regulate the environmental activities of organizations. The series includes the ISO 14001:2004 standard, which provides guidelines for the establishment or improvement of an EMS. Adherence to these standards is voluntary.

What kind of companies can obtain ISO 14000 certification?

ISO 14001 certification scheme is open to all manufacturing and service organizations operating in Sri Lanka and other part of the world. Such as

  • Single-site to large multi-national companies
  • High-risk companies to low-risk service organizations
  • Manufacturing, process, and the service industries, including local governments
  • All industry sectors including public and private sectors
  • Original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers

What is meant by OHSAS?

OHSAS 18001 is a internationally accepted standard, as a method of assessing and auditing identified risks of occupational health and safety of workers and other interested parties who may be exposed to risks associated with organizational activities. This eliminates or minimizes risks during the activities of an organization setting policies and objectives.

What is meant by GMP?

It is a management system which can be used to assure good manufacturing practices of any product manufacturing process. It assures that the entire manufacturing proves is continuously complying with the quality, safety requirements through out the process manufacturing process.

What is Super Market Management Certification?

This is the only certification scheme to certify super market management. The criteria for the certification are based on SLS 1432:2011. Requirements for Good Practices for super market management. The scope of the certification covers receiving, storing, display and sale of food and non food products within the super market and manufacturing and sale of bakery products within the supermarket.

What is meant by Vegetarian certification?

It is a Systems Certification Scheme for Vegetarian Food & Beverages manufacturers with the prime intention of certifying the vegetarian establishments. By using the guideline SLS 1460: 2013 for the use of vegetarian claims in food & beverage as a criteria document developed by SLSI, this certification operates. For any of the following categories can apply for the certification

  • Vegan/ Strict-Veg. F & B which excludes all ingredients & additives derived from animal origin   
  • Lacto-Veg. F & B includes milk & milk Products (Exclude products prepared using animal rennet.
  • Pure-Veg. F & B includes honey, milk & milk products

What is meant by Organic certification?

    • It is a product certification scheme operates by the SLSI. Using the National Standard SLS 1324: 2007,  for organic Agriculture Production and Processing as a criteria document this certification scheme is operated.
    • Any organic producer including the following sectors can apply for this certification
    • Production, processing, handling, storage & transportation of organically produced agricultural products
    • Unprocessed agricultural & livestock products
    • Processed agricultural & livestock products intended for human consumption containing    one or more ingredients that are agricultural & or livestock origin
    • Feed stuff essentially intended for animal consumption
    • Agricultural & veterinary preparations that are intended for use in the production of organic material