Organizations interested in conducting audits within the scope of SAAS oversight must apply to be accredited by SAAS. In order to be accredited, these applicants are assessed and evaluated as to whether they meet the criteria set out in SAAS Procedures and ISO requirements. SAAS Procedures are developed in a partnership with the standard setter and specify the accreditation process and certification methodology to audit organizations using social standards and codes of conduct.
The systems set out in SAAS procedures and ISO requirements are binding to CBs accredited by SAAS and include requirements for certification body audit processes, auditor qualifications, procedures and issuance of certificates. These requirements also contain principles for the competence, consistency, and impartiality of an audit and the certification of management systems of all types for bodies providing these activities.
The assessment process by SAAS includes document review, site audits and observation of auditors in the field. SAAS undertakes impartial assessment and surveillance of certification bodies (CBs) to ensure that the SAAS-accredited certification process is functioning and meets the SAAS criteria.
Normative requirements for accreditation can be found in the Document Library. Additional information can be found here related to:
- SA8000:2014 Transition Timeline
- SA8000:2014 Transition Process Including Frequently Asked Questions
- Unannounced SA8000 Audits
- SA8000 Scope Guidance
- Anti-Bribery Policy and Template
- Opening and Closing Meeting Agenda and Attendance Template
- Audit Findings Matrix Overview for SA8000:2014
- Accreditation Country Risk Assessment
Organizations interested in being accredited by SAAS must meet the criteria set out in SAAS’s Procedures. Please see the specific sections for accreditation requirements to conduct audits for:
- SA8000 Certification
- SA8000 Training Course Providers
- BSCI Code Audits
- GoodWeave International
- Magen Tzedek
- InterAction PVO Standards