The Certification Audit
On contacting WHC and agreeing to the fee quotation for the required services, the Certification Agreement will be finalized and the Client will then be advised of the proposed audit date and the requirements for the certification audit.
All initial certification audits are carried out in at least two stages. The first stage consists of a preliminary review of the client’s organization and Management System. Part of the first stage of the audit will be conducted at the client premises to provide the necessary understanding of the management system’s structure and development in relation to the nature and complexity of the organization’s operations. During a site visit, the Auditor will commence the visit by conducting an Entry Meeting, which will involve Senior Management and anybody else Management would like to be present at the Entry Meeting. The Entry Meeting will cover such aspects as, who attended the meeting, what the audit process involves and arrange personnel the Auditor needs to interview during the visit. Following the Entry Meeting the Auditor will conduct a review of the Management System documentation, if not already done. WHC shall require each client to make available, when requested, the records of all complaints and corrective action taken in accordance with the requirements of the system standards or other normative documents. The objectives of stage 1 are to:
- confirm that the Management System has been designed to conform with all the requirements of WHC Halal certification Scheme and the Islamic Shariah requirements, including a review of management system documentation;
- confirm that the Management System is designed to achieve the Scheme requirements;
- evaluate the capability of the management system to identify and manage compliance with regulatory and contractual requirements;
- obtain pertinent information to provide for stage 2 audit effectiveness and planning. This will include an evaluation of the client’s location and site specific conditions, a collection of information related to the processes and operations within the scope of the management system, and an identification of key performance or significant aspects and objectives.
- evaluate the state of readiness of the management system for the stage 2 audit, including an evaluation of internal audit and management review planning and performance and a determination of the overall level of implementation of the management system;
- review the audit resources planned for the stage 2 audit and agree with the client on the details of the stage 2 audit;
- Provide feedback to the organization to facilitate continuous improvement. The objectives of the stage 2 audit are to:
- Confirm that the organization’s Management System and associated activities conform to the requirements of the applicable standard and other requirements to which the business subscribes.
- Confirm that the organization has effectively implemented the planned management system, including performance monitoring and measuring against stated objectives, identification and compliance to applicable regulatory requirements, operational controls of processes, internal audits and management review.
- Confirm that the management system is capable of achieving the organization’s
- Policy commitments and management responsibility for the policies.
- Provide feedback to the client to facilitate continuous improvement