National Certification Body of Jamaica
National Certification Body of Jamaica
Government of Jamaica
The period of suspension shall not exceed six months unless specifically authorized by the Manager. Failure to satisfy the conditions or to remedy the causes of suspension within the specified time period is grounds for initiating withdrawal of certification.
The The certified client does not allow surveillance or recertification audits to be conducted at the required frequencies in keeping with the current issue of ISO/IEC 17021.
The certified client has voluntarily requested a suspension.
The certified client refuses to allow a witnessed audit by the NCBJ’s accreditation body
Failure of the certified client to conform to certification requirements.
Ineffective correction and/or corrective action taken, or corrective action not implemented within a specified time period.
Nonconformity with or failure to execute the Client Agreement.
Improper use of the certificate of conformity or the NCBJ’s Marks of Conformity.
The existence of a complaint or a number of complaints indicating the management system of the certified client is not being maintained.
Failure to meet financial obligations to NCBJ.
Falsification/misrepresentation of any nature.
Process for Suspension of certification
A warning letter requiring rectification of the situation is sent by the Manager or approved designate
The certified client may submit to the Manager documentation contesting or rebutting the recommendation for suspension or withdrawal.
If the client has rectified the situation within Thirty (30) days after the letter has been sent no further action will be taken.
However, if there is no response to the first warning letter, a second letter will be sent by the Manager Certification Unit or approved designate informing the client of immediate suspension and their right to appeal.
The client will be given Fifteen (15) days in which to rectify the situation. If it has been corrected and the Manager accepts actions taken then suspended certification is restored.
If the situation is not corrected within the Thirty days (30) days allowed then the Certificate will be suspended. This notice will be placed on the NCBJ directory of certification, suspension and withdrawal status.
If the client makes an appeal for an extension of time to make the necessary corrections, the Manager may use discretion depending on the gravity of the situation.
Process for suspension of certification if the client fails to schedule surveillance or recertification audit
Once the client has past twenty-five (25) days after the due date of scheduling a surveillance audit or has cancelled a scheduled audit within that timeframe.
The Assistant Operations Officer will complete a “Failure to Schedule notice” and submits to the Team Leader. The Team leader will take the appropriate course of action. In addition, if the client has not scheduled because of an outstanding balance the same procedure will apply.
If the Client is twenty- five (25) days passed the due date and conducts the audit within the 60 days limit no further action will be taken.
If on the other hand, the client is twenty- five (25) days past due and has cancelled (using the Client Request for Cancellation form) and wants to reschedule the audit beyond the 60 days limit a written request should be made to the Manager before the 60 days limit has elapsed.
If the client requests voluntary suspension of certification he/she shall submit that request in writing.
NCBJ shall restore the suspended certification if the issue that has resulted in the suspension has been resolved. Failure to resolve the issues that have resulted in the suspension in a time established shall result in withdrawal or reduction of the scope of certification.
NOTE: In most cases, the suspension would not exceed six months
Failure to resolve the issues that have resulted in the suspension of certificates in the specified time established by NCBJ shall result in the withdrawal of certification.
The Manager will make the decision to withdraw certification from organizations. On receipt of the written decision from the Manager or approved designate to withdraw certification, the following shall be done:
NOTE 1: Upon request, by any party, NCBJ shall provide information on the status of certification of a client’s management system as being suspended, withdrawn, or reduced.
NOTE 2: NCBJ requires that the client upon suspension or withdrawal of its certification refrain from using all advertising materials that contains a reference to its certification as per the Use of the NCBJ’s Marks of Conformity procedure.
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