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Management System Certification Auditing Process

Certification Auditing Process

SOCOTEC Certification Singapore assesses your organization through a two-stage initial assessment followed by a surveillance programme:

Stage 1 audit

First, we gain an understanding of your business to assess whether your documented policy, objectives, continual improvement plans and procedures meet the requirements of MS standard. The readiness of your implementation programme is also assessed. (For GDPMDS certification, this audit is combined with stage 2 audit.)

Stage 2 audit

Then we audit your MS in action, to check that your declared policy, objectives and targets have been effectively communicated, and that your continual improvement plans and procedures are working in practice. Certification is then awarded after successful closure of any outstanding issues.

Surveillance audit

After you have achieved certification, we undertake regular ongoing audits of your MS to ensure that it is being maintained and that it continues to meet the objectives of your organization and the expectation of your customers.

Re-certification audit

The certificate is valid for 3 years. A re-certification audit is conducted on the full MS before the expiry of the certificate.


Information on granting, refusing, maintaining, renewing, suspending, restoring or withdrawing of certification or extending or reducing the scope of certification is available here.

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