What is our terminology for the various audit stages?
DNV GL uses the following terminology for its audit stages:
Preliminary Assessment - not included within the scope of the certification process. Some certification bodies call this a Gap Analysis.
Document Review & Initial Visit - can be known as Stage 1 Audit, or Documentation Review.
Initial Audit - can be called Stage 2 Audit, Main Assessment, or Certification Audit. It is following this audit that a management certificate is issued.
Periodic Audit - or surveillance audit. Renewal Audit - or Recertification or Tri-annual audit.
What does the process entail before I get a certificate?
We will also appraise the degree of reliance that can be placed upon key parts of the system, such as internal audits and will also start to plan the Initial Audit (main assessment). At the end of the Document Review and Initial Visit, a report is produced outlining areas where additional system development may be required.
What is the difference between a Preliminary Assessment and a Document Review/Initial Visit?
Some benefits are that it provides additional confidence in the management system development stage and can help to speed the process of certification as clear gaps and potential weaknesses are identified prior to the certification process. In our experience, Preliminary Assessments are most beneficial to organisations wishing to roll-out their certification to a number of sites with the Preliminary Assessment being undertaken on a pilot site.