Auva Certification Limited

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We are a UKAS Accredited Certification Body offering local and international businesses of all sectors and sizes, third party certification audits to ISO 9001: Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems, and OHSAS 18001 / ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

Whether you need to gain new ISO certification, require on-going support with your current certificates, or need support transitioning to a new revision, our team at Auva is here to support your business through the certification process.

Gaining certification can be demanding of your time and resources. Our approach aims to make the certification process as simple as possible so you can concentrate on your business. We perform inspections, assessments, deliver qualification and training services and provide certificate amendment advice with the objective of awarding your business the certification you need.

It’s not just about ‘gaining ISO certification’ but developing a long lasting relationship that gives you on-going support through the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

Auva Certification’s team has decades of experience working across many industries including construction, engineering, manufacturing, waste management, aerospace, education, training, IT, transport, government departments, retails, recruitment and emergency services to name a few.

Whether you are a local SME or global organisation, our focus is to provide you with the certification expertise and knowledge tailored specifically to your business.

Auva auditors are fully trained to have an in-depth knowledge of your industry, local compliance laws and regulations, and work with businesses of all sizes. Our certification service will suit your specific needs and requirements because we understand that each business is bespoke. We don’t have a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Importantly, all services are performed with the least possible disruption to your day-to-day operations.

We are a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited certification body, and offer a free of charge transfer of certification procedure to companies already certified by an accredited certification body.

Auva’s head office is located in Essex, United Kingdom.

With a combined 50 years’ expertise in ISO certification, Auva’s team of certification experts offer certification audits, assessments, training services and certification advice to help guide you through the technical requirements of each standard. It can be time-consuming and many people feel frustrated at the paper work involved. This is where we can support you best, with the right advice, the right support that suits your specific needs and at the right price.

The benefits of being ISO certified are many. When a business becomes certified, it clearly demonstrates its commitment to the highest standards of quality, safety and the environment. You will gain many operational improvements to your business and in a competitive marketplace, being certified is often a prerequisite on tender documents. We help you through that journey.

Using the latest technology in certification processes, we can help you open the door to new opportunities, new customers, new markets and new territories.

Auva Certification has been assessed to ISO17021 by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to meet strict standards ensuring that we offer our clients the highest levels of quality and service. As a UKAS accredited certification body you can be assured that our service to you and the certifications you achieve through Auva have been independently evaluated for competence and performance on an international level.

UKAS is recognised globally by governments, is a member of the International Accreditation Forum and is a signatory of the multi lateral agreement.

You can have complete confidence that our highly trained auditors will work closely with your business to ensure successful implementation of your required management system and subsequent certifications.

If you are passionate about certification and its place in industry, we may have the position you are looking for.

We are building a team of highly skilled contract auditors to work across the globe.

We require motivated, talented and committed individuals from a wide variety of industries and specialisms, and would be happy to receive speculative CV’s.

The standards –

ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems is a core standard.

When a business becomes certified to ISO 9001, it clearly demonstrates its commitment to the highest standards of quality. This standard provides guidance and tools to help you provide your customers with consistent, good quality products and services that meet their requirements.

ISO 9001 builds on seven quality management principles:

Customer focus
Engagement of people
Process approach
Evidence-based decision making
Relationship management
By implementing these principles, your business is set up to consistently create value for your customers. This, in turn, brings many business benefits.

ISO 14001 environmental management systems (EMS) is an internationally recognised standard.

Environmental credibility in the business world is a very important factor in national and international competitiveness. Over the last five years we have seen a surge in companies making big strides to improve their environmental processes and lower their carbon footprint.

This international standard is applicable to any organisation, regardless of its size or sector. It can help support environmental objectives to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce waste and to use more sustainable resources. Analysing the efficiencies of all these elements can result in cost savings across the business, as well as opening up new business opportunities.

Implementing effective recycling and waste reduction initiatives and using sustainable resources not only helps the environment, but can also improve your profitability and reputation.

OHSAS 18001 is the globally recognised framework for occupational health and safety management systems. It has been superseded by ISO 45001: 2018, however it will still be recognised until the end of the migration period (March 2021) and you can migrate at any point within the deadline. In the meantime, Auva will continue to provide accredited OHSAS 18001 certification, including new applications.

ISO 45001 draws on OHSAS 18001, so if you are already certified to OHSAS 18001, the migration process should be straightforward.

Every business owner has a social and legal responsibility to its employees to ensure their work environment is safe. This standard provides organisations, large or small, with robust OHS policies and procedures to identify potential hazards. It also ensures it is meeting legal requirements to keep employees, and any visitors to its premises free from injury.

The benefits of gaining OHSAS 18001 certification are far reaching and can result in long-term business efficiencies.

On 12 March 2018, the International Accreditation Forum Inc. (IAF), in cooperation with the ISO and OHSAS Project Group, published the new international Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard, ISO 45001: 2018. The aim of ISO 45001 is to promote and protect the physical and mental health of workers, a responsibility held by any organisation regardless of its size or sector.

According to the ISO, every 15 seconds a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease, and 153 people experience a work-related injury. These represent an enormous burden for organisations and society as a whole, with , over 2.3 million deaths a year, and more than 300 million non-fatal accidents.

Don’t become another statistic, ISO 45001 helps you protect your people.


ContactGraham O'Geran

Telephone01376 386110

Email[email protected]


AddressLittle Braxted Hall
Little Braxted
CM8 3EU United Kingdom


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Transfer ISO Certification

Why Transfer your ISO Certification?

Many organisations 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 Auva Certification.

Organisations transfer for many different reasons such as:

  • Poor service and technical support;
  • Poor Auditors;
  • Closer working relationship;
  • Poor Value for money or just lower costs;
  • Fresh eyes on your management system;
  • Consolidation of standards with different Certification Bodies;
  • Re-tendering;
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

The transfer process is free when transferring to Auva but some other Certification Bodies may charge for the service.

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 Auva, 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.  Auva 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 your 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 Auva 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.

All of this is done free of charge and with little effort from yourselves as we deal with everything.

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 whose accreditation is with a member of the IAF MLA, you can check these out here.  This might sound confusing but generally any globally recognised Accreditation Body such as UKAS and ANAB, if in doubt you can ask us here.  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 this form and we will be able to provide you with a quotation, generally this is issued with 24 hours of receipt.

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ISO Audit Findings

Types of Non-conformances

During ISO standard assessments the auditors are not only looking for conformity against requirements but they are also looking for non-conformity against requirements.  There is a possibility that a number of different findings can be raised and given different gradings of the finding, whatever grading is given there is no need to panic or worry, it’s very normal to have at least one issue during each assessment.

Auditors are not paid extra for each finding raised and do not have targets they should be hitting which is often assumed.

There are three different gradings for findings; Major non-conformance, minor non-conformance, observation/opportunity for Improvement.

Any non-conformance needs to be addressed through corrective actions no matter what the grading, observations/opportunities for improvement are just suggestions and do not technically need to be addressed.  It is advisable to review the observations/OFIs as they are often raised as a warning that progression may lead to future non-conformances.

A non-conformance will be raised against you if you are not adhering to a requirement of the standard or management system requirements or they can be raised against you not complying with your own defined management system controls.

Major Non-conformance

A major non-conformance is defined as: a nonconformity that affects the capability of the management system to achieve the intended results.

Nonconformities could be classified as major in the following circumstances:

  • if there is a significant doubt that effective process control is in place, or that products or services will meet specified requirements;
  • a number of minor nonconformities associated with the same requirement or issue could demonstrate a systemic failure and thus constitute a major nonconformity.
  • a finding against an item of legislation (typically within ISO 14001 and ISO 45001)

A minor non-conformance is defined as: A nonconformity that does not affect the capability of the management system to achieve the intended results.

Observation/Opportunity for Improvement

Each certification body will call these by different names but technically they are the same thing.  They are merely suggestions that can help your management system or can potentially prevent a possible non-conformance in the future.  At the time of raising they are not non-conformances as you would be meeting the standard or your management system requirements.

Auditors will visit a large number of different organisations and see many methods of achieving the same results, sometimes it is valuable to communicate these suggestions without breaking confidentiality.  They may also be warnings for future development and growth, sometimes systems don’t change when organisations grow so something that is working fine now may not cope with the growth.

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Priti hails success of Auva Certification

On 11th October Priti Patel, the MP for Witham and UK Home Secretary, visited Auva Certification Ltd in Little Braxted to help the firm celebrate its being awarded a certificate of accreditation from the UK Accreditation Service, UKAS for ISO 17021-1:2015, which is a major success for the company. Priti formally presented Graham O’Geran, Business Development Officer for Auva with the certificate of accreditation, at a special ceremony held at the company’s offices in her Witham constituency. She also presented several of Auva Certification’s client companies with their ISO certificates.

Commenting after the presentation, Priti said: “I am always delighted to see a local business in my constituency doing well and this is a major achievement for Auva Certification, which can now offer local and international businesses three of the world’s leading ISO standards. It was a particular pleasure for me to present them with the official certificate from UKAS which confirms their accreditation and I congratulate them on their success.

“For quite some time, I have been passing the message back to Westminster that Witham and Essex have a great many successful and growing businesses and making the case for improved infrastructure to support their success. Auva’s achievements add grist to the mill. I’m pleased to say that the Government is listening and progress is being made to achieve the improvements we need, particularly in regard to the A12 and A120 upgrades.”

Graham O’Geran, Business Development Manager for Auva Certification Ltd said: “It was the icing on the cake to have Priti here today to formally present us with our accreditation certificate and we are most grateful to her for sparing the time from her busy schedule. This is a proud day for the company and we will be using it as a spring board for further successes in the future.”

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