A facility wishing to seek certification
to SA8000 must apply to a SAAS-accredited auditing firm,
or certification body. Assessment of compliance to the
SA8000 Standard and the issuance
of accredited SA8000 certifications
are available only through SAAS-accredited,
Once an organization has implemented any necessary improvements
to meet the requirements in the Standard, it can earn
a certificate attesting to its compliance with SA8000.
Certification under SA8000 can apply to companies, NGOs,
consulting firms, suppliers, and subcontractors in any
industry in any country (except Myanmar), if it meets
the requirements set out in the Standard. Certification
lasts for three years, with a series of required surveillance
audits throughout this three year period. Surveillance
audits are an ongoing periodic review of the certified
facility’s quality management system to ensure continuous
improvement in meeting the Standard.
In order to be certified, SAAS recommends that facilities
contact at least 3 of the SAAS-accredited certification
bodies to provide a bid for certification services.
Auditors from these certification bodies visit facilities
and assess corporate practice on a wide range of issues
and evaluate the state of a company’s management
systems necessary to ensure ongoing acceptable practices.
The certificate represents a significant milestone and
certified facilities are required to make public their
certification. SAAS also publishes this information on
its website. Facilities
can display their certificate, but individual products
cannot be labeled as the certification represents a workplace
process, not a product certification.
SAAS does not set a specific amount for the cost of the
certification process – the size, scope and location
of the facility will determine the cost. The costs vary
depending on the number of days and auditors needed to
conduct the audit at the facility. In general, the costs
typically range between $500-$1,500 per day, as determined
by each individual certification body.
Some facilities may require pre-audit work which is separate
from the cost of certification. The cost for this work
would depend entirely on the state of readiness for implementation
of the standard at the facility.
There are four basic types of out of pocket costs associated
•The cost associated with taking corrective and
preventive action in order to qualify for compliance.
After this, an organization would seek verification of
•The cost of preparing for the audit.
•The cost of an independent audit by a SAAS-accredited
•The cost associated with taking corrective actions
to resolve problems (if nonconformances have been identified).
Please visit the list of accredited
CBs to begin the process of certification. If your
organization is interested in becoming accredited to conduct
SA8000 certification, please visit our Accreditation