It’s no secret that accredited certification is a lucrative market. It’s hardly surprising then, that small and medium sized Certification Bodies are being regularly snapped up by internationally owned operators. Here are some considerations to make when deciding whether to stick with your formerly Australian owned Certification Body (CB) or transfer to a locally owned and operated CB.
- Do they understand your needs and expectations? The reality is, they are more focussed on the bottom line, and are probably looking to shave costs, increase profits, and prepare for resale to the next buyer, than they are understanding what you require from the certification process
- Do they treat you as a “resell opportunity”? If the international owner of your CB has other businesses in other industries, there’s a fair chance you will receive endless marketing trying to cross sell their other products. Get ready for a barrage of marketing dressed up as “special deals for existing clients!”
- Will they look after local auditors and certification personnel? Some larger CB’s send reports offshore for review and approval. As small CB’s are snapped up and amalgamated, you can be sure the new owners will look to cut costs, even if it’s at the expense of local jobs.
- Do they understand the local market? A big part of management systems certification is understanding local legal and customer requirements. If the CB is internationally owned, can you be sure these requirements are well understood and integrated into the audit process?
Adaptive Certifications is an Accredited Certification Body locally owned and operated, with no plans to sell out to overseas buyers looking for a marketing list or a quick dollar. If your CB has been purchased by an overseas crowd, and you’re considering bringing your business back down under, get in touch with us today!