National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB)
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted industries around the world. The dynamics upon which various industries used to operate are set to change significantly. Due to the crisis, there is a need to encourage organizations to deploy new systems. Asset management for optimum utilization of existing resources and anti-bribery management are two key areas which require major review at the organisation level.
Accreditation bodies worldwide, including a number of IAF Members, offer accreditation in these fields. The National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), in its pursuit to broaden its accreditation services to support industries, has launched two new accreditation schemes. The NABCB scheme for anti-bribery management systems (ABMS) based on ISO 37001:2016 for certification bodies (CBs) was launched in October 2020, and the scheme for asset management systems (AMS) for CBs based on ISO 55001:2014 was launched in March 2021.
Anti-Bribery Management Systems
Bribery, one of the greatest challenges to global development, is fought on different levels. Governments have taken steps to address bribery through international agreements and through their national laws. There is a further need to organise good practices to ensure effective implementation of laws.
One of the tools to minimize anti-bribery practices is the implementation of an anti-bribery management system. ISO 37001 provides measures that help organisations to prevent, detect and address bribery based on the size and nature of the organization and the bribery risk it faces.
NABCB aims to boost the anti-bribery compliance programme in order to support industries that are committed to conducting business with integrity. The NABCB scheme on anti-bribery management systems recognizes that CBs are competent and reliable in the operation of ABMS certification through the demonstration of a rigorous conformity assessment process. NABCB aims to involve external and internal stakeholders who can affect and contribute to the implementation of anti-bribery management systems like public and private sectors (organizations involved in financial services, academics and other business industries) based on risks involved as per their activities for eradication of bribery.
NABCB will create awareness and encourage the organisations (government or non-government) to get certified as per ISO 37001.
Asset Management Systems
All organizations rely on an extensive range of assets for their day-to-day operations. Poor asset management can lead to quick deterioration and shorter asset life cycles, so it is important to manage assets effectively.
ISO 55001:2014 emphasizes the need for organizations to understand the context of how their assets can contribute to the delivery of their objectives and the needs and expectations of their stakeholders. The NABCB scheme for AMS for CBs aims to establish a structured system for organizations involved in asset management by recognizing CBs as competent and reliable in the operation of AMS certification.
The implementation of an AMS will help organizations manage their assets based on the risks associated with the assets as per the business sectors, especially during the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 era. It will help organizations to keep track of individual assets (acquire, utilize, and dispose of assets) and compute the life cycle costs of each asset.
NABCB aims to support and encourage industry sectors to build a structured system by adopting a best practice approach towards using best conformity assessment management systems. NABCB aims to target the information technology, healthcare and manufacturing industries to ensure implementation of this programme.
Although the pandemic has created challenges, it has also led to new opportunities such as the launch of new products and new technological developments in the market. Accreditation bodies globally are encouraged to consider the launch of new programmes to support stakeholders.
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