Impartiality and independence in certification
RISE Certification creates trust in its services by being objective in the execution of assignments. This means being aware that assignments are performed in an impartial manner without personal gain and that objective evidence is sought to show that the service or product meets the set requirements.
RISE is not allowed to participate in development, production, maintenance, distribution, installation or cannot perform consulting services for products that we certify. Also, RISE does not perform management system consultancy or internal audits of management systems for customers that RISE certifies. In addition, RISE Certification does not train persons we certify. RISE does not offer consulting services for the same clients and statements that RISE verifies or validates
RISE Certification is a third-party body, i.e. we perform our services independently of the organization that delivers the products and services we certify, verify or validate. RISE has no self-interest in the results of the implementation of the service. In many cases, the services are performed under accreditation but sometimes as an unaccredited service. Regardless of whether the service is accredited or not, the same requirement for impartiality applies.
RISE offers several services in certification, verification and validation. RISE also offers requirements investigation, but it is limited to explaining and clarifying requirements for products and services. The service is executed based on standards and regulatory requirements.
RISE Certification is financed through fees for completed assignments, without support or subsidies. The fees are established so that all customers are treated equally.
All employees and external persons engaged by RISE Certification have by agreement/contract undertaken to act impartially when carrying out assignments. RISE code of conduct applies as a guide for our behavior. All employees are trained in impartiality.
All assignments performed are risk assessed based on impartiality. At the slightest suspicion of a risk of conflict of interest, a risk case is registered which is handled by an internal council, the Impartiality Council. Risks that pose a threat to impartiality are minimized or eliminated.
Following the Impartiality Council's investigation, the risk case is further handled by the Certification Board, which is RISE Certification's impartiality committee.
The Certification Board
The Certification Board consists of representatives from external interested parties. RISE CEO appoints members to the Board.
The task of the Certification Board is to:
- assess risk analyzes and risk cases for impartiality
- be an independent body for complaints and appeals
- review compliance with the requirements of impartiality
The Certification Board consist of the following members:
- Monica Björk, The Association of Swedish Building Materials Merchants (president)
- Anna Rydberg Ågren, Swedish Wood (member)
- Nicholas Boström, Risktec (member)
- Tove Lundmark Söderberg (member)
- Stina Wibom, RISE (co-opt)
- Helén Dahl, RISE (co-opt)
För RISE finns en kvalitetspolicy som är beslutad av RISE styrelse. Denna policy gäller även för RISE certifieringsstyrelse.