Safeguarding impartiality, transparency, objectivity and independence of all AAA operations and accreditation activities are paramount to instilling confidence and trust in the integrity of AAA services to its clients and stakeholders. Top management of AAA undertakes to uphold these values.
AAA continuously evaluate the risks to impartiality arising from its activities and from any conflicts arising from its or its personnel’s relationships and interactions with other organizations, through various mechanisms such as internal and external audits, management reviews, complaints and customer satisfaction surveys. AAA analyze, evaluate, treat and monitor all identified risks, and shall determine whether any residual risks are within an acceptable level of risk. Accreditation shall not be provided in areas where an unacceptable level of risk is identified, and which cannot be mitigated to an acceptable level.
This will be achieved by applying its policies and procedures in a manner that:
Manages conflict of interest and any potential conflict of interest in our decision-making processes.
Avoids the provision of services that affects its impartiality, such as consultancy services or suggesting the use of consultants, nor to participate in or offer any conformity assessment services that conformity assessment bodies perform
Is non-discriminatory, where its services are offered to all conformity assessment bodies (CABs) in a fair and equitable manner regardless of size, its membership to any association or groups, the number of organizations already accredited, whether from the public sector or private sector and provided that the application is within the scope of accreditation as offered.
Ensures an impartial complaints and appeals procedure which is open to all stakeholders.
avoids compromising its impartiality and status in training service delivery, by offering generic training courses which do not give specific advice for the development of an organization’s operations, and furthermore, not offering training courses as a precondition or guarantee of accreditation.
only offers support, training and twinning opportunities to other developing accreditation bodies in terms of meeting the necessary criteria for obtaining international recognition.