SCCS aims to maintain the highest standards of service. However should you wish to lodge a formal complaint, it will follow the process outlined below to investigate your complaint.

Complaints to SCCS should be addressed to the Scheme Manager at All complaints (written and oral) will be received by the Scheme Manager and logged.

The Scheme Manager will acknowledge receipt of all complaints within 5 working days and provide a date for the next contact.

Investigation of complaints:

  • All complaints are validated, investigated and followed through to a conclusion by the Scheme Manager, whilst observing the requirements for confidentiality.
  • The Scheme Manager will ensure that a complainant is kept informed of progress on their complaint. The progress of the investigation into the complaint is recorded, including tracking actions undertaken and the effectiveness of the actions. These are recorded on individual reports.
  • Where the complaint involves activity undertaken by an Assessor or a sub-contract organisation the form and relevant correspondence will be forwarded, without identifying the source, to the organisation for a response without delay.
  • Where the complaint is about a company certified by SCCS, then the complaint will be forwarded, without identifying the source, to the company in question for investigation and response back to SCCS. The Scheme Manager will also perform an independent review of the complaint to assess any impact to the certified management system.
  • On completion of the investigation into a complaint, the Scheme Manager will inform the complainant of the outcome and the required correction and corrective action where necessary, and if the action has been or is being taken.
  • The Scheme Manager will ensure that appropriate correction and corrective action is taken and will record these actions and outcomes.
  • The decision to be communicated to the complainant will be reviewed and approved by the Certification Board Chairman and reviewed for impartiality by the Impartiality Panel.
  • The Scheme Manager will, with the client and complainant, decide on the extent of information relating to the complaint or resolution to be made public.
  • For serious unresolved complaints, the complainant can request an independent review of the complaint. This request must be made in writing to the Scheme Manager who will then advise the Certification Board Chairman. Otherwise the complaint is considered as closed and the complainant is informed accordingly.

Review of complaints:
The Scheme Manager shall review the Register of Complaints at the end of each year to analyse the causes, and identify  trends that may require appropriate management action to be taken by the Scheme.
Any complaints received and the appropriate action taken will be presented at the Management Review.