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Certification Process

Certification Process


The purpose of this Instruction is to provide relevant information about QUALIS Management System certification process, In View of Public Interest to make aware to Interested Party, Certified Clients, and Potential Clients (Those who are interested in Certification of Management System). QUALIS is conducting an impartial and independent assessment of a company’s management system for issue and maintenance of certification to the management System standards.


The certification scheme regulation provided by Qualis International Certification is a third party system certification scheme with an objective of giving recognition to companies who have effectively implemented and maintained the documented system. Scope of activities follows as below:

  • Receipt of Application from Potential Client for Management System Certification or certified client for Scope Extension/ Reduction or Certification of New
  • Conduct of independent assessment for Management System
  • Review of Audit File and Issue of certification
  • Conducting Surveillance Audit for verification of continuing compliance management systems to certification standard
  • Conducting Re-Certification Audit -within the validity of the
  • Supplementary/ Re-assessments (required where major non-conformities have been identified or major changes in the organization or its system have been identified/ notified or any complain from Interested



Inquiry and Request for proposal: Upon receipt of an inquiry, the Questionnaire is required to be completed by the applicant company. Based on the information provided, a detailed offer is submitted for the client’s consideration and acceptance.

Application: Upon confirmation of acceptance of QUALIS Application. The QUALIS Marketing Team will send complete 3 Years certification Fess Structure (proposal). After Receipt of acceptance of Proposal from Applicant client organization, the process of Initial/Scope Extension certification commences with the scheduling of audits on mutually agreeable dates.



Audit Plan and Schedule (For Stage-1 Audit)

QUALIS will send the Audit Plan and schedule for Stage-1 Audit (at Least one-week advance) to Client organization for acceptance of Audit Date and Audit Team acceptance. After receipt of Acceptance from Client organization, the Stage-1 Audit shall be Planed.

STAGE – 1 Audit

An onsite review of the client’s management systems documentation is conducted to verify that the requirements of the management standard are satisfactorily implemented and documented. Audit report (Stage – 1) is issued listing any non-conformity against which corrective actions are required to be taken. QUALIS expects its clients to implement their Management System at least 3 months prior to an onsite Registration Assessment which needs to be confirmed at this stage.


During the Stage-1 Audit – The Audit Team will find the Compliance / Non-Compliance/ Opportunity for Improvements. The Audit Team Shall Communicate the same to Auditee organization during the closing meeting for the Acceptance of Audit findings.

Audit Plan and Schedule (For Stage-2 Audit)

QUALIS will send the Audit Plan and schedule for Stage-2 Audit (at Least one-week advance) to Client organization for acceptance of Audit Date and Audit Team acceptance. After receipt of Acceptance from Client organization, the Stage-2 Audit shall be Planed.


The purpose of Stage-2 audit is to the determination of conformity of the client’s management system against the audit criteria and the ability of management system to meets applicable statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements. So that the objective of Stage-2 Audit shall be clearly identified in Stage -2 Audit Plan (F-0020) according to the purpose of Audit.

In line with the stage -1 audit, QUALIS will conduct the Stage-2 Certification Audit either at all sites or sampled (as needed) to assess conformity with the requirements of the applicable standard. The Stage- 2 Audit is a Full System Audit.

During the Stage-2 Audit – The Audit Team will find the Compliance / Non-Compliance/ Opportunity for Improvements. The Audit Team Shall Communicate the same to Auditee organization during the closing meeting for the Acceptance of Audit findings.


If during the Audit Non-Compliance against the Audit Criteria is found and Auditee organization accepted the Same.

Auditee Client is required to submit a corrective action plan – where minor lapses is found is categories as Minor Non-Compliance. At the condition of Minor Non-Compliance, the Auditee Client organization is required to Submit the Corrective Action along with supporting evidence for implementation -within 30 days from Date of Issue of minor-NC.

When the Non Compliance categorized as Major NC- (i.e ) Lapses of Implementation of Requirements of Audit Criteria or Similar Nature of minor NC found in many processes of the organization or Lapses of implementation of Legal / Regulatory body requirement. In this situation, the Auditee Client organization is required to implement the Corrective action and submit the Corrective action report along with supporting evidence within 90 Days to QUALIS Audit Team Leader for verification. If the Audit Team Leader Satisfy with CAR submitted. Audit Team Leader will recommend for Certification and Submit the audit report for Review and making the certification decision.

If Audit Team Leader is not satisfying with CAR a Supplementary Audit shall be planned for verification of implementation. The same shall be notified to the client in advance. After supplementary Audit and verification of implementation of CAR , Audit Team Leader will recommend for Certification and Submit the audit report for Review and making the certification decision.


Audit Team Leader shall recommend for the granting of Certification, refusing, maintaining of certification, expanding or reducing the scope of certification, renewing, suspending or restoring following suspension, or withdrawing of certification, are only recommending authorities based on the Audi findings and review of CAR. These recommendations are impartially verified through Review of Audit Report by the competent person or Team and the certification decision shall be made.



  • An Impartial Competent Auditor/Technical Reviewer reviews the Audit Report submitted by Lead Auditor and if found satisfactory, then reviewer will recommend MD for the Certification Decision, related to certification for granting, refusing, maintaining of certification, expanding or reducing the scope of certification, renewing, suspending or restoring following suspension, or withdrawing of certification.
  • The certification shall not be granted until there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the organization’s Management System is complying with the requirements of Audit Criteria /standards.


Upon completion of the review of audit report documentation and acceptance of corrective action, QUALIS will issue the Certification to Registration of the Client organization. This will be subject to the full Audit fee payments against the invoice(s) issued to the client that has been received at QUALIS.


Certificates issued by QUALIS remain valid for a period of three years from the date of Certification Decision. The first surveillance Audit shall be conducted with the 12 months from date of certification decision and successive periodic surveillance Audit shall be conducted on the calendar year basis. The Recertification Audit shall be conducted within the validity of the certification period.


The certified organization will be subjected to a surveillance audits (either six monthly or annually). The first surveillance visit being scheduled on a suitable date, six months or twelve months from the date of Stage-2 Audit. The QUALIS will provide the complete Three Year Certification Cycle Audit Program Plan at the time of Contract Review with QUALIS. For the acceptance to the client organization. So that Surveillance Audit and Re-Certification Audit shall be conducted on time.

In case of delay for more than a month from the surveillance Audit / Re-certification Audit, as per the agreed audit plan date. It is a certified client organization to provide the valid justification for delay for not allowing for the conduct of Audit, without a valid justification that will lead to the conduct of a reassessment. QUALIS reserves the right to conduct such reassessment. In case the Re-Certification Audit is delayed more than a month, as per the Agreed Audit program, the QUALIS reserves a right to either suspend the certification or conduct a full assessment again, as per Initial Certification Audit program/Process.


When the certified client organization applied for an extension to the scope of a certification already granted, the Application shall be reviewed as per QUALIS documented procedure and application reviewer determine any audit activities necessary to decide whether or not the extension may be granted. If decided to for extension of scope, the audit shall be conducted in conjunction with a surveillance audit.


The Short Notice or unannounced Audit of certificate client site shall be conducted in the Following Situations, considering the significant to certification

  1. For Investigation of
  1. Follow up on
  1. The change to legal, commercial, organizational status or


  1. The changes of organization and management (e.g. key managerial, decision-making or technical staff),
  1. Changes to contact address and sites,
  1. Changes to Scope of operations under the certified management
  1. major changes to the management system and processes


  1. QUALIS shall update to Client organization in advance and the conditions under which these short-notice visits are to be
  2. QUALIS shall update the client about the Audit team members in advance and after acceptance of Audit Team combination, the Audit shall be
  1. QUALIS shall exercise additional care in the assignment of the audit team because of the lack of opportunity for the client to object to audit team


Certification / Registration remains valid in the case of:

  • Maintaining an effective Management System
  • All Surveillance / Reassessments getting conducted as per schedule
  • All corrective actions getting resolved in case of major Non-conformity or Complaint in the stipulated time frame and to the satisfaction of the Lead Auditor/
  • Any major change in the organization/Management System is handled satisfactorily and promptly communicated to QUALIS
  • All the fee payable has been paid to QUALIS in


To ensure that the certified client informs the QUALIS, without delay, of matters that may affect the capability of the management system to continue to fulfill the requirements of the standard used for certification. These include changes relating to:

  • The legal, commercial, organizational status or ownership,
  • Organization and management (e.g. key managerial, decision-making or technical staff),
  • contact address and sites,
  • Scope of operations under the certified management system, and
  • Major changes to the management system and



Any certificate issued by QUALIS may be suspended or withdrawn (based on severity of breach) in the event of any of the following defaults by a certificate holder. _ If a surveillance assessment is not arranged within 3 months of the due date in response to notice issued by Qualis International Certification

Major lack of effective implementation corrective actions within agreed time limits in respect of non- conformities identified during Surveillance Assessment. _ Failure to pay appropriate fees. _ Continued misuse of Accreditation mark/logo e.g. misleading publications, advertisement or contravention of the stipulated conditions for the use of Accreditation Body Logo/ QUALIS logo. _ Major changes in the organization leading to the breakdown of the relevant management system as per application standard.

Any Proven Conflict of Interests become known to the Management of QUALIS in due course after the release of Certification in such a way that Impartiality to the certification recommendation had been compromised and the certified organization declines the QUALIS request to undergo an additional Audit/Special Audit.

All the certificates issued by QUALIS are the property of QUALIS and an organization is liable to return all original and copied sets to QUALIS in the event of any of the above defaults. Upon Withdrawal the Client shall discontinue its use of all advertising matter that contains any reference to a certified status /use of Logo (QUALIS & Accreditation Body).



The client/ Interested party who want to verify the certification status, kindly visit QUALIS website and go to verify your certificate link (Provided on Home Page) place the unique certificate number (only numeric value) and click to search button to check the status of certification of a particular client.

If the certificate number is not known, kindly request us.


The QUALIS can provide the Following Information upon request

  • The geographical areas in which QUALIS operates
  • The status of a given
  • The name, related normative document, scope and geographical location (city and country) for a specific certified


The following information and QUALIS Policy, Procedure and Rules are available at QUALIS website, without request. for the Interests of Public / Certified Client / Potential clients / Interested Parties.

  • Information about the authority under which QUALIS operates
  • Information on QUALIS Management System Certification Process
  • Information about certified Clients/ Suspended Clients /withdrawn
  • Information about QUALIS scope
  • Information about Right & Duty of Clients


  • Information about Rules of Use of Logo
  • Information about Appeal and Complain Handling


QUALIS in certification scheme endeavors to provide a prompt, competent and impartial service to its clients. In case, an applicant, a certified company or any other interested party wishes to make a complaint in respect of the operation of QUALIS or appeal against a decision of the QUALIS which is considered to be unfair and prejudicial to the interests of the complaint QUALIS will consider the complaint or appeal in accordance with procedure. The copy of the Appeal / Complaint Handling Procedure is publicly available on .


QUALIS requires each organization whose quality management system is certified to make Available, when requested, the record of all complaints and corrective action taken in accordance with the requirements of the management system standards or other normative documents.


A certified company is entitled to use the Accreditation mark/ QUALIS logo on its stationery, advertising, and publicity brochure etc. for promotional purposes but not on the actual product. The use of Logo is governed by the QUALIS conditions and instructions applicable to the use of Accreditation and certification marks by certificated companies. As per the Rules for Use of Logo, which is available on QUALIS website –


As per the Confidentiality Agreement Policy, the QUALIS office Staff, Auditor and the person working under control of QUALIS (Technical Experts/Contracted Auditors) shall main the confidentiality of information gained during the entire certification process and shall not be disclosed to any third party without prior consent the client organization. In case the information required by Law, the QUALIS shall disclose the information, with prior notice and consent with the client organization. QUALIS office staff and auditing personnel are bound by a confidentiality agreement to safeguard the client’s information. All our staff is bound by a written confidentiality undertaking, to fulfill Accreditation Requirements. QUALIS will make available the information related to client certification status on QUALIS website (only limited part of certification status -i.e Name of the Organization, certificate number, certified Standards and status of certification ) or the of certification status ( address , scope and contact information) shall be provided upon request, with prior consent with client organization or when requested by accreditation body.


The certificate and QUALIS registered Logo shall remain the property of QUALIS.


The client is responsible for ensuring that when QUALIS Audit Team visits client sites, the client organization should have an adequate arrangement of protective equipment for the safety and Audit Team members. Where special training is required in case matter of safety this is to be disclosed to QUALIS before a visit to Audit Team.






The QUALIS Management System agreement shall be governed by UAE law and the parties agree to submit to the nonexclusive jurisdiction of the courts of courts of UAE.

QUALIS liability in respect of any single event or series of events for breach of QUALIS obligations in this Contract Terms & Scheme for certification shall be strictly limited to the amounts payable by you to QUALIS in the 12 months preceding the date of the event or events. Qualis International Certification is not liable for any other liability (including any third party liability) claim what so ever is claimed by the client to QUALIS. QUALIS is not liable for any claims passed by its clients in case their products or services malfunctions with their own clients or users.

All assessments undertaken by QUALIS are conducted by Qualified Lead Auditor / Auditors/ Associates with expertise matched with the nature of an applicant company’s activities under assessment. The company is advised in advance of the composition of the Audit Team and the schedule of audit for confirmation. The Lead Auditor is responsible for planning the assessment in accordance with the requirements, assigning auditing functions to his team members and reporting with authority to take final decisions in respect of the interpretation of the applicable requirements of the standard as well as makes recommendation regarding certification for granting, refusing, maintaining of certification, expanding or reducing the scope of certification, renewing, suspending or restoring following suspension, or withdrawing of certification based upon a review of the level of compliance of the systems in operation. The client organization is responsible for providing QUALIS Assessors, access to its relevant facilities and records, appointing a responsible person to coordinate the arrangements for assessment and to provide all resources required by the audit team for performing their duties. In case the client organization wishes to request for postponement of a scheduled assessment, then the request must be given to QUALIS 15 days in advance or else QUALIS may charge the full assessment fee.