What is a Traceability and Forensics assessment? A Traceability and Forensics assessment is a special kind of assessment carried out by ASI to identify the origin of a certified product and its flow from supplier to customer across the full supply chain or parts of the supply chain. Such assessments are applied to verify the…
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CABs interested in becoming accredited to certify against any of these voluntary sustainability standards are welcome to apply for accreditation. The ASI accreditation process follows a five-year cycle. After initial accreditation, a CAB receives an accreditation certificate, valid for five years. ASI conducts annual surveillance assessments to verify that the accredited CAB continues to comply…
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ASI does not have a direct contractual relationship with certificate holders. ASI is grateful for certificate holders facilitating assessments attended by ASI, in the trust that certificate holders share our mission in having a level and fair implementation of the certification system. Even if an ASI assessor identifies obvious non-compliances of a certificate holder with…
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No, ASI does not issue nonconformities to certificate holders. Only Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) can issue nonconformities to their certificate holders. However, ASI may identify shortcomings of certificate holders with scheme requirements, which may occur through witness assessments, compliance assessments, document reviews or even office assessments. If ASI identifies a shortcoming at a certificate holder level,…
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What is a technical expert? A technical expert is a person who provides specific knowledge or expertise to the ASI assessment team relating to the organization, the process or activity to be assessed, or language, local conditions or culture. A technical expert does not take decisions or raise findings. They follow instructions given by the…
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