Many organizations with ISO Certification are unaware that you can transfer your ISO Certification from one Certification Body to another at any stage you wish, you are not tied into any contract. This is the rule for all Accredited Certification Bodies such as GITCHIA Certification. Organizations transfer for many different reasons such as:
How does the transfer process work?
The transfer process is simple and you do not lose any time in your certification, your certificate is protected throughout the entire process so you do not need to worry about something happening to it. The first stage is to receive a no obligation quotation from GITCHIA, ensure you tell us that you are transferring from another Certification Body as this has an implication on the assessment costs and stages.
Once you have accepted our quotation you can send us a copy of your current certificate, do not inform your current Certification Body at this time. GITCHIA will send a request to your current Certification Body and request the last three years assessment reports and findings and notify them of your intent to transfer. We will copy you in on this email so you are clear of the actions we are taking. When you’re current Certification Body has received this notification they are obliged to maintain your current certificate and provide us with the documents requested in line with Accreditation requirements. When these documents have been received, our internal technical team will perform a review and determine if the transfer is valid. This should never be an issue unless there are outstanding non-conformances, if there are, then we can get these closed before we complete the transfer.
Once we are happy, we will issue you with a certificate that replicates your current certificate (dates, scope, address etc.) but on GITCHIA Certification certificates instead of your current Certification Body. We will also issue you with the logos which you can put onto your stationary. The last stage is to send a confirmation email to your now previous Certification Body informing that the transfer process has been completed and they can cancel the certificate you had with them. Again, we will copy you in on this email so you are fully aware of the process and stage completions.
The first time you will then see us would be for your next scheduled assessment, we will arrange this visit for the same time period as your previous Certification Body.