what it is like
to be on the receiving end of the audit process, ICS has developed a
professional and systematic approach for companies seeking
registration. This involves a stage 1 - Adequacy Audit and a stage 2 –
Full Compliance Audit.
audit fees are amongst
the lowest in the industry. Expenses are not normally charged for
attending companies' premises and a certificate is provided free to
organisations achieving the standard. To comply with new accreditation
body guidelines, ICS now carries out cost effective assessments.
is no need for audits to
be traumatic. ICS's auditors are selected for their ability to work
with the representative from the company and to be approachable. They
establish that the appropriate management system works for the benefit
of the company.
it be a query about
certification, or an urgent need to achieve registration itself, ICS
specialises in providing answers or audits at speed. Friendly help and
expert knowledge are always available at the end of a telephone.
use of Industry Experts
selecting staff for a
particular audit, ICS will always choose an expert from the industry
being audited. This ensures that the audit process takes place in an
air of mutual understanding. There is no conflict arising from a lack
of knowledge of the challenges faced in running that particular
business. The auditor and the company being audited both speak the same
Documents reviewed on site
the exception of smaller
firms, ICS has a policy of visiting companies applying for
certification. This enables its documentation (manual and procedures)
to be reviewed and provides an opportunity for the company and ICS
auditor to discuss any areas of concern before the audit itself.