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 GIGC 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 GIGC, 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. GIGC 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 GIGC 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.
Which standards can be transferred?
Generally any ISO standard which has been certified by an Accredited Certification Body. This might sound confusing but generally any globally recognized Accreditation Body such as IAS and IDA, if in doubt you can ask us. There are other schemes which are not ISO standards such as AS9100, AS9120, AS9110 and IATF 16949 are also transferrable. If you would like a no obligation free quotation for the transfer of your certification then please complete form and we will be able to provide you with a quotation, generally this is issued with 24 hours of receipt.