Certification Programs and Impartiality Commitee
The CPCI is an independent committee conformed by members external to ITE-Audit. Common agreeance with them is necessary to approve and launch any certification program.
The existence and functioning of the CPCI is subject to the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17024 – 2003 – Conformity assessment – General requirements for personal certification bodies. In 2012, this norm requirement was eliminated, however ITE-AUDIT has chosen to maintain compliance to the norm as a means to guarantee the regular and proper functioning of the organisation.
The CPCI’s general objectives and responsibilities
- To revise the development of the certification programs and implement a two-stage validation process.
- To guarantee the impartiality and compliance to the code of ethics of ITE-Audit thoughout all of its certification activities.
- Higher level to address claims
The committee’s goal
… concerning the certification program
The CPCI constitutes the committee of all the Individual Skills Certification programs imparted by ITE-AUDIT. It is involved in the implementation, revision and validation of the systems put into action to develop the programs under the following guidelines:
- the specific nature of skills that will be assessed and certified
- the requirements concerning individual’s skills.
- the requirements, procedures and criteria that will be held to evaluate the candidates
- requirements for the surveillance and re-certification
… concerning impartiality and the code of ethics
The CPCI is responsible for:
- – assisting General Management in developing the policies of its certification activities in terms of impartiality (this notion being conveyed by the following terms: objectivity, independence, absence of any conflict of interest, probity, non-discrimination, neutrality, justice , openness, equity, selflessness, balance)
-counterbalancing any tendency that could hinder the objective and reliable provision of certification services
- -advising on matters affecting trust in the certification process including transparency.
- -being the highest level organism to address claims
The CPCI work organization
Goal achievement is possible due to the work and effort of the members of the board members. They have the following responsibilities:
- Respond to the requests of the Directive Management in accordance to the objetives previously listed, through collaborative work and/or telephone and email exchanges.
- Perform the annual impartiality review
- Participate in meetings as needed.
In order to decide on any given subject, the members of the Committee shall receive from the secretariat:
- Copy or email of all relevant documents
- Any other pertinent information closely related to the subject.
Commitee members and work organisation
The members of the Committee are natural persons who reflect by their own qualities and common interests (education, public sector, industry, services, organizations, professional unions, …) that they represent a balance of skills required in order to participate in decision making and to guarantee impartiality. The following expert skills should be represented within the CPCI:
- Expert knowledge of the specific certification system(s): expert knowledge of the field in question, backed either by a recognized diploma (example: professional certification), or by professional work experience of at least 3 years in the field
- Expertise in education or skill assessment: experience in the field of skill training for individuals to pursue professional activities. This knowledge in training should be attested either by a diploma or a job within an official body (example: teacher or responsible for studies in an approved training institution or in an internal department in charge of training), or by a professional experience of at least 3 years.
The Committee is composed by ex-officio members and external members who combined possess the required expertise:
Members by right
The ex-officio members are delegated by the company’s GD:
Certification Programs Branch (CPD)
Management System Directive (DSM)
The General Manager cannot be a member of the Committee.
- have the necessary skills and authority to take an impartial stance
- represent in a fair and equitable manner the interests of all parties affected by the certification programs concerned. The number of external members of the Committee may not be less than that of internal members.
In remuneration for their work, the external members of the CPCI may receive an indemnity, the specific terms are fixed by decision of the CODIR.
The members of the Committee co-opt their President during the annual review, for a period of one year, who may change or not at the end of the period. The President cannot be an ex officio member and has the power to represent the Committee in any intervention outside the Company.
The Secretariat of the Committee is maintained by the General Director .
The decisions taken by the CPCI must be reached by an absolute majority, knowing that it can only take a valid decision if a quorum of at least two external members is reached, otherwise, the decision must be postponed. All members of the CPCI can vote unless specifically stated otherwise. In the event of a tied vote, the President has final say in the matter.