What is the Stage 1 Assessment?
The Stage 1 assessment is a preliminary assessment that is used to understand the applicant’s business context and to determine whether the applicant is appropriately prepared for certification.
What is required to pass the Stage 1 Assessment?
There is no pass or fail for the Stage 1 assessment, but the assessor may identify potential non-conformances against the ForestFit Standard (e.g. management system deficiencies or a lack of particular records) that the business will be required to rectify prior to the Stage 2 Assessment.
What is the timeframe for a business to rectify any potential non-conformances from the tage 1 Assessment
There is no specific timeframe for the business to rectify potential non-conformances. Stage 1 provides an opportunity for the business to take as much time as necessary to prepare for Stage 2 Assessment.
What is the Stage 2 Assessment?
The Stage 2 Assessment is a detailed assessment of the applicant/certificate holder’s management systems and processes against the requirements of the ForestFit Standard.
What is required to pass the Stage 2 Assessment?
To pass the Stage 2 Assessment, the business must address all major non-conformances.
What if the business does not pass the Stage 2 Assessment?
If the business does not pass the Stage 2 Assessment, you will not be granted certification / renewal.
Failure to complete the actions arising from major non-conformances may result in your application / certification being suspended or terminated.
Fees will not be refunded if the business does not proceed pass the Stage 2 Assessment.
What happens after the business passes Site Assessment?
After you have passed the Stage 2 Assessment you will be granted ForestFit certification / renewal.
How are assessors selected?
You can choose your own assessor from the approved list of assessors on the ForestFit portal.
What if the business does not have the documents requested by the assessor?
If the business does not have the requested documents, inform the assessor via telephone and email.
The assessor will work with the business to see if it has other documents, or evidence, that may meet the relevant criterion. If this cannot be provided, the assessor may rate this criterion as a major or minor non-conformance.
The ForestFit Resources Centre includes a number of templates and guidelines that may help the business develop required documents.
Note: If the business creates a new document during the desktop assessment to address a gap identified by the assessor, the assessor is still required to capture the original gap as a minor or major non-conformance.
How are the assessments rated?
When the assessor reviews your evidence it will be rated as either:
- Major non-conformance
- Minor non-conformance
- Opportunity for improvement
- Not applicable.
What if the business does not agree with the assessor's findings?
If the business does not agree with the assessor’s findings, it can:
- Meet with the assessor to query and discuss any findings or provide feedback.
- Complete the Appeals form on the ForestFit Portal if it is unable to resolve the disagreements directly with the assessor (or the assessment body).