EDGE Certified Foundation approves appropriately qualified independent, third party certification bodies to perform audits and certify companies against the EDGE Standard.
To become an approved provider of certification services against the EDGE Certification requirements, a certification body must:
Certification bodies must apply for approval using the EDGE Certification Body Approval Application Form that is only available on request from the EDGE Certified Foundation. All supporting information must be submitted with the application form and relevant fees must be paid in order to complete the approval process.
After the process is complete, the approved certification body, and EDGE Certified Foundation enter into a signed Agreement of Cooperation, EDGE Certified issues a written approval statement to the certification body, and finally, lists the organisations as approved on the EDGE Certified website.
To ensure the highest quality and consistent outcomes, the EDGE Certified Foundation monitors the performance of approved certification bodies, their auditors and any sub-contractors in relation to their work under the EDGE Certification Scheme. This might involve site visits, shadowing auditors, and verifying or crosschecking of evidence.
EDGE Certified Foundation is not currently accepting new applications for certification bodies.