Certification Bodies may be suspended for a number of reasons. The SBP Framework Certification Body Approval Application Process, Version 1.0, May 2015, clause 10.1 states:
10.1 Any of the following reasons are considered grounds for suspension upon which the suspension process shall be immediately initiated:
10.1.1 Detection of a total breakdown of a system that constitutes a risk to the credibility of SBP;
10.1.2 Inability or unwillingness to comply with requests for information, reports, and records that SBP deems necessary to determine continued conformity of a CB with approval requirements;
10.1.3 Failure to comply with a request to undergo an SBP assessment; or
10.1.4 Failure to meet a requirement for approval, including reduction in scope or suspensions of a relevant accreditation by another accreditation body.
Further, SBP Work Instruction Document: Certification Body Approval Procedure SBP/WID/001, 20 July 2016, clause 5.2 states:
If a total breakdown of a system is detected that constitutes a risk to the credibility of SBP, SBP shall immediately initiate the suspension process.
If a CB receives five (5) or more major NCs [non-conformities*] within one (1) assessment, SBP shall immediately initiate the suspension process.
* A non-conformity is a non-fulfilment of an SBP requirement, and it is classified as either minor or major. For example, amongst other things, a minor non-conformity may be a temporary lapse, or unusual/non-systematic, whereas a major non-conformity continues over a long period of time, is repeated or systematic. See SBP Work Instruction Document: Certification Body Approval Procedure SBP/WID/001, 20 July 2016, section5 Assessment findings.