GRMS version 5.0 is a system standard and the audit protocol follows the requirements of ISO/IEC 17021:2015.

The audit programme includes a three-year certification cycle:

- Initial certification audit (stage 1 and stage 2)
- Surveillance audit 1
- Surveillance audit 2
- The subsequent cycle will start with a recertification audit after 3 years

The initial certification audit of the management system shall be conducted in two stages; stage 1 and stage 2.

Objectives of stage 1 are to review the documentation, evaluate site-specific conditions and to undertake discussions with personnel to determine the preparedness of the company for stage 2.

For production sites already certified against GRMS version 4.2 the activities of stage 1 should only include the new elements of the standard as indicated in the document “GRMS version 5.0 versus version 4.2”.

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The Certification Body shall prepare a pre-evaluation report regarding stage 1, including identification of any area of concern that could be classified as a nonconformity during stage 2.

There are no specific requirements for the time needed to complete stage 1 of the initial certification audit.