Certification process

Introductory key verification

The purpose with this introductory key verification is to get familiar with your company. We review your systems focusing on compliance with the system requirements. At the same time, we do a review of your documents in order to evaluate whether the documentation of your management system meets the specific requirements of the standard. Finally, the management’s evaluation and internal audits are reviewed. Then you will receive an evaluation of, and the answers to, whether you are ready for the key verification.

Key verification

In the key verification the management system is carefully looked at, so that it ensures, that the system meets the obligatory standards and requirements that are in the standard for which certification is sought. We look at the implementation of the system through the entire company and find any possible bottlenecks and risks, so that these can be brought into the audit programs. All key verifications are opened and ended with a meeting with the management. At the final meeting the management will get a summary of the audit in order to get a clear picture of what the audit report is going to contain. After this the following auditor develop an audit report to the management. The report will contain strengths, improvements and any possible deviations. Any deviations must be closed before the certificate is issued.

Corrective actions and certification issuance

The certificate will be issued when the company comply with the requirements of the standard, and any deviations are closed with corrective actions. The certificate is valid for three years if the system is being complied with. The certificate will state which scope the company is audited for, which standards and when the certificate expires. Is the company is audited according to the same standard on different sites, this will also appear in the certificate. All deviations, audit reports and certifications can be found in our online system, Maestro.

Maintenance visit

Once you have received the certificate and have started to make internal audits so that the system is maintained, you are doing well. To be sure that the system is maintained, we come to visit either once a year or every six months – whatever suits you the best. On the visits we review whether your company still meets the requirements of the standard. These maintenance visits are not as comprehensive as the key verification itself.


At the end of a certification period we do a re-certification which is similar to the key verification. There will again be a review of the documents and a thorough review of the management system. The re-certification audit will form the basis for the new certification, and the certificate is then issued once again.

Take over a certificate

If you are already certified by another certification company, we can easily take over your certification. In that case we will review your current certification by visiting your company and assess audit reports and deviations. Based on this, a new certificate from Bureau Veritas Certification, which has the same expiry date as your old certificate, can be issued. In addition to this we make sure to maintain the certification cycle you were in before you switched to Bureau Veritas.


Peter Worck
External Sales Manager & Customer Relations Manager Certification
Phone: +45 2250 6708
Mail: peter.worck@bureauveritas.com