Cost Savings for Certification of Mature Management Systems via ASRP
by Kris Norlander, Aerospace – Regional Competency Center Manager
What is ASRP?
Advanced Surveillance and Recertification Procedures, or ASRP, is a process applied to certified organization that have a proven performance track record of maintaining the integrity of their management system. Only organizations that have established confidence and demonstrated system effectiveness over the course of their certification can meet the minimum requirements. The benefits of applying ASRP favor the organization by providing more effective and efficient audits to the organization and reduce certification fees to the organization. The ASRP program places more dependence on the organization’s internal audit and management review processes. This is done by allowing qualifying companies to rely more heavily on internal audits, special targeted surveillance audits, and the use of inputs from the organization to demonstrate the conformance of the organizations management system.
Different Types of ASRP
The procedures used in ASRP rely mostly on the organizations internal audits process, but different kinds of audits are used as part of the process to monitor the organizations management system. Some of the defined monitoring that occurs in the program are described below.
- Witnessed Audits: These are audits that are observed, but not done, by the third-party auditor. The certification body will choose internal audits that represent company’s processes and internal auditors that will be sampled and audited.
- Delegated Audits: These are internal audits that are used in exchange for the certification body’s audits. These audits are not done or overseen by the certification body.
- Third-Party Audits: Audits performed by the certification body or other third-party. These will happen throughout the year and have focus that spreads widely. Some of the things that are audited during this process are levels of compliance, system changes, internal auditing processes, and continuous improvement.
Companies looking to save money and time should look towards ASRP if they meet these qualifications:
- All previously raised nonconformances during the certification shall be successfully closed and actions have remained effective.
- The organization’s system shall remain in conformance with the management system requirements for at least one complete cycle of certification (initial, surveillances, and recertification).
- Strong performance indicator trends that will allow the determination that the system has continually been effective and the organization consistently meets or exceeds these goals.
- Management system(s) must have the ability to continually improve effectiveness over time.
- Substantial proof of future improvements and impartial consumer satisfaction measurements.
According to Quality Digest, ASRP “is a solution that shows demonstrated cost reductions in external audit frequency, but has also increased value through its unique approach.” Not only does ASRP provide benefits for companies, but for consumers as well. The efficiency of the process can lead to quicker effectiveness and more efficient resource allocation over time. In terms of cost reduction for businesses, companies using ASRP will see reduced third-party audits. When reducing the amount of time, visits, and money spent on audits during recertification, companies can allocate resources elsewhere to improve efficiency and effectiveness of their systems. This allows qualifying organizations access to greater flexibility during auditing and certification processes.
The value these procedures offer is endless. Companies can expect to find the certification focus to shift from premature to mature systems. By having a more mature outlook on recertification, management systems will see enhancement on performance indicators and preventive actions and risks completely eliminate and/or mitigated quicker. Management systems will see continuous improvement despite the reduced rate of external audits. While relying on internal audits, organizations using ASRP will spend more time doing normal day to day activities rather than experiencing disruptions in their business or management systems.
DEKRA Certification, Inc. (DCI) has been a key participant in developing and defining ASRP since its beginning. DEKRA has been accredited for international management systems and operates in over 50 countries. DCI aims to more efficiently provide auditing services for greater productivity, reduced waste, and higher profits for companies within North America. DCI has the ability to provide services internationally with offices around the world. With various certification, auditing, training, and assessment services, DCI has the means and capabilities to audit and certify using ASRP to help companies with mature management systems take the next step.
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