This section discusses the steps a business or organization will need to take to certify to one or more of the standards under the PS-PrepTM Program. Hyperlinks to certifying bodies, audit organizations conducting conformity assessments are also provided.
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Why Third-Party Certification?
An independent and objective evaluation through third-party certification offers validation that a business or organization is in compliance with the preparedness requirements of one or more of the PS-PrepTM Program's foundation standards. Certification endorses an association with a reputable brand, facilitates organizational recognition by stakeholder, and makes regular audits of preparedness a priority. This process develops disaster awareness within and outside an organization, thereby fostering a heightened sense of security and distinguishing one from competitors. The following are some considerations before pursuing certification.
Define the scope of voluntary certification.
Determine which preparedness standard is most appropriate for your organization.
Forecast the allocation of internal resources required.
Seek executive sponsorship.
Organize an internal working team of experts.
Cross-reference your chosen preparedness standard with internal programs, policies, best practices, and existing regulations that will be relevant to certification. Gather supporting documentation.
Complete a self-assessment with your internal working team of experts.
Brief the executive sponsor on the results of the self-assessment.
Develop a project plan and timeline to close any gaps discovered through self-assessment, bringing your entity closer to compliance with the chosen standard.
Research, interview and select accredited third-party certifiers.
Review your scope, selection of preparedness standard and process of self-assessment with the certifier.
Once your organization is certified, it should conduct periodic reassessments to maintain its emergency preparedness and continuity systems. ANAB manages PS-Prep™ certification and administers the process through independent auditors.
ANAB maintains a list of organizations accredited to offer certification for PS-Prep™ standards.
Should your organization be interested in more detailed information on third-party certifications, such as processes or costs, related to one of the foundation standards under the PS-Prep™ Program, we suggest that you contact one of the organizations accredited to offer third-party certification which can be found on the link above.