Step 6 – Re-certification

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

At the end of the certification period, you will need to carry out a re-certification audit to renew your company's certificate and RJC membership. 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:

Certificates become active from the date it is approved and issued by the RJC management team. When re-certification audit reports are not sent in a timely manner, this can result in gaps between subsequent certificates. In response to this, the guiding principles below have been agreed by the RJC Board, which have been designed to encourage that member​s' certifications remain continuous​ during re-certification.

Re-certification audit must be conducted before the expiry of the previous certificate. To facilitate audit reports being received by the RJC on time, we encourage members to schedule their re-certification audits a few months in advance of when the audit is required to ensure auditor availability, and to review and approve draft audit reports provided by the auditor in a timely manner. For more information on your RJC audit and preparing for it, please see 'Step 2 - Audit'.

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​