General FAQs on CB suspensions

Questions and Answers

Certification Bodies may be suspended by ASI (not SBP) for a number of reasons. The reasons are listed in ASI’s Accreditation Procedure, which can be accessed here.

Also refer to ASI’s FAQs on CB suspensions.

ASI communicates the suspension, as well as the reason for suspension publicly on its website. Suspension of accreditation places certain restrictions on the Certification Body’s ability to continue to offer and provide certification services. The restrictions are listed in ASI’s Accreditation Procedure, which can be accessed here.

Also refer to ASI’s FAQs on CB suspensions.

The suspension may be lifted when ASI has confirmed that the Certification Body has addressed the cause/s of the suspension effectively. The period of suspension shall not exceed six months unless specifically authorised by the ASI Managing Director. Failure to remedy the cause/s of suspension within the specified time period shall lead to withdrawal of accreditation.

Also refer to ASI’s FAQs on CB suspensions.

The suspension of a Certification Body does not result in the suspension of an SBP Certificate Holder. The Certification Body is still responsible for conducting planned surveillance audits during the period of suspension.

Also refer to ASI’s FAQs on CB suspensions.

When a Certification Body is suspended it must not take on any new clients or perform initial or re-certification services.

Conduct of re-certification and/or completion of initial certification services started prior to, or planned to be undertaken after, the effective date of suspension shall be subject to explicit written approval by ASI.

Also refer to ASI’s FAQs on CB suspensions.

No. The SBP certification system ensures that there will be no adverse impact on the services provided to existing Certificate Holders. We anticipate that, if suspended, a Certification Body will work hard to get the suspension lifted.

It is only right that the accreditation body is able to impose sanctions in cases where requirements that apply to Certification Bodies are not met. In that way the quality and credibility of our certification system is upheld.

Also refer to ASI’s FAQs on CB suspensions.