BSI, is the first certification body to be officially recognized by the Institute of Collaborative Working’s (ICW) BS 11000 Certification Validation scheme. The scheme, which was created in response to the lack of a common approach to company assessments and certifications to BS 11000, will aim to establish a credible and consistent approach.
In the absence of a UKAS accredited scheme, the ICW has established its own scheme to validate certification bodies based around the principles of a UKAS scheme. However, there will be additional focus on validating the collaborative ethos which underpins the requirements of BS 11000. In order to gain Validation, BSI’s certification processes and assessor training for BS 11000 were independently assessed by the ICW to ensure the underlying principles for the adoption and implementation of BS 11000 to enhance the effectiveness and use of collaborative working were met.