The search for certification: www.emsaudit.com
The brainchild of John Marsden, an independent ISO14001 specialist, www.emsaudit.com employs specialist database software to enable organisations to find the right certification body for them.
Accessing emsaudit.com enables the user to find the full range of certification
bodies accredited with the industry scopes to undertake the audit required.
The database and software used to extract this information is unique, and makes
the process of identifying the industry-specific list of bodies almost instantaneous.
Once the shortlist of contenders has been finalised, a detailed questionnaire
is completed and several screens of information are accumulated. The data is
then saved and emsaudit.com ensures that the three or four short-listed certification
bodies are able to receive the information and submit a quotation for the three-year
duration of the certification cycle. The final selection of a certification
body can then be made.
The ease by which the process operates masks the huge amount of work that has
been undertaken to create the service. The design of the software and database
represents several months of development performed by a small team of programmers
and developers. Marsden International (UK) Ltd designed and managed the whole
project and an Oxford-based web design company worked to assemble the code.
Data gathering and inputting the scopes into the database is an ongoing requirement
for the service, and regular communications with the bodies is essential to
ensure that the information is kept up-to-date.
The service is quick and easy to use, has no advertising and currently has
no charge to the business user. A small commission is payable by the certification
body but only where they have been selected on the basis of information provided
in the quotation and other information obtained from the site.
The idea was the brainchild of John Marsden, an independent ISO14001 specialist,
who has spent more than ten years working as an EMS training provider and certification
auditor for a number of the world’s leading companies within the oil, chemical
and manufacturing sectors. He saw that the market for accredited certification
spanned the globe and of the huge number of 3rd party bodies (over 700), only
a few were well-known to the international business community, even within national
During the last five years accredited certification of management systems such
as ISO14001 and EMAS has become an industry in its own right. The prediction
is that the number of global certifications is set to rise rapidly over the
next decade as commercial organisations seek to demonstrate their green credentials.
Many UK bodies now offer ISO14001 certification to business communities around
the world as well as in the UK.
The website has secured several important domain names in order to establish
a presence and to provide a memorable address. Emsaudit.com provides an entry
point for those users interested in environmental certification. Similarly,
qmsaudit.com provides the equivalent for quality certification and other domains
relating to ISO19011 (the soon-to-be-launched EMS and QMS audit standard) have
been acquired to help direct traffic towards the site.
Ease the process
The AuditScan™ software and database has been created firstly to ease the
process of identifying and selecting a suitable certification body for the EMS
audit process, and secondly to maximise the quality of environmental certification
and associated management systems. The winners will be the business communities
around the world which use the service as well as those certification bodies
who are best able to provide customer satisfaction whilst demonstrating professionalism,
impartiality and value-for-money.
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