Step 6 – Re-certification

You'll need to be re-certified at the end of your certification period.

Prior to the expiry of your certification, you will need to carry out a re-certification audit to renew your RJC certificate and membership. For members with 2 or more sites, all audit activities must be completed within four months of the first day of the audit. This process starts again at Step 1 if the certification cycle, though as you would have already conducted an RJC audit, the process should be easier and quicker.

You should review your previous self-assessment and consider:

  • Have there been any changes to the organisational structure?
  • Are there new entities to be added or entities to be removed from your Certification Scope? Reminder - The Certification Scope is everything you own & control and actively contributes to the diamond and gold jewellery supply chain
  • Have there been any changes to internal policies & procedures?
  • Have there been changes to applicable law?
  • Have all previous non-conformances been rectified to prevent these non-conformances from recurring?

Please note the information you'll need to provide your auditor when being re-certified:

  • Your previous audit report
  • Your corrective action plans (CAP) from your previous audit
  • Your completed self-assessment
  • Any changes to your scope - with confirmation from RJC as necessary
  • Any other information needed to identify your certification and audit scope.

Principles on ​re-certification validity dates:

For re-certification audits, if all on-site audit activities (not including reporting*) are completed within four months of the expiry of your most recent certificate, you are eligible for continuous certification, and there will be no gap in your certification between two certification cycles.

If your on-site re-certification audit is completed early and starts more than four months prior to the expiry of your most recent certificate, your new certification will become active from the date it is approved by RJC, and may result in your previous certification being expired early.

If your on-site re-certification audit is late and finishes after the expiry of your most recent certificate, your new certification will become active from the date it is approved by RJC and will result in a gap in your certification between two certification cycle.

 

* Audit firms must submit the audit report to RJC within 2 months of the closing meeting, including unapproved reports and reports without corrective action plans.

 

In accordance with RJC values, these guiding principles will be applied on a case by case basis by the RJC Management team to ensure fairness and the integrity of the RJC certification system.

If you have any questions at all, please email training@responsibl​e​j​ewellery.com