B&R International Personnel Certification Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as ‘BRIPC’)is a legal entity responsible for personnel certification activities; any reference to BRIPC in this Policy and Public Statement refers to this legal entity.
BRIPC, its Director, Staff and Subcontractors fully understand the importance of impartiality in undertaking their Personnel certification activities. BRIPC will, therefore, ensure that in all its dealings with candidates or potential candidates all employees or other personnel are and will remain impartial. To ensure that impartiality is both maintained and can be demonstrated, the following principles have been established:
BRIPC issues certificates only after a review by an independent, authorized and competent member of the certification team (who has not been involved in the examination), to ensure that no interest shall predominate.
BRIPC does not offer (and has never offered) training related to personnel certification or any other form of consultancy to candidates.
BRIPC does not offer (and has never offered) an internal examination service to its certified persons.
·BRIPC does not own nor has any interest (financial or otherwise) in any other company that offers certification or training related to personnel certification services.
BRIPC does not has (and will not form) any relationships with companies who offer consultancy or training or other services that can be construed as having an impact on the certification services provided by BRIPC. Any proposed relationship between BRIPC and any other company will undergo a risk assessment by the Committee for Impartiality, prior to that relationship being formalized. Any current relationships with companies, organizations and individuals will be risk assessed on a regular basis to ensure that the relationship does not impact upon the impartiality of the personnel certification process.
Individuals employed by or otherwise contracted to BRIPC are required to document and record their current and past relationships with all companies. Any situation past or present which may present a potential conflict of interest is required by BRIPC to be declared. BRIPC will use the information to identify any threats to impartiality and will not use those individuals in any capacity unless they can demonstrate that there is no conflict of interest.
BRIPC will not allocate a member of staff or subcontractor to an examination where any past relationship has existed. Exceptionally and at the discretion of the Certification Manager or Director, an individual or subcontractor may be allocated to the examination where a past relationship has existed but there has been no relationship for a minimum of 2 years.
BRIPC does not and will not offer any commission, (‘finders fees’ or other inducements) to any individual or company in respect of referrals of candidates unless:
1.The terms and conditions of any such referral are clearly established and can be demonstrated, and it can also be demonstrated that the fee is for a referral and the fact that a commission has been paid will in no way affect the outcome of an examination.
2.A risk assessment (to establish the potential for an unacceptable threat to impartiality) has been carried out on the process through which any such payment is made to an individual or organization (normally a training institute) requesting the commission for referrals.
3.All such payments are documented, recorded, and traceable and accompanied by a purchase order and invoice.
BRIPC does not offer specific training to any company in respect of implementing a particular standard for that company. Any training offered by BRIPC is general in nature and available to all candidates, who wish to attend.
BRIPC will ensure that it is not linked or marketed in any way which links it with the activities of a training related to personnel certification, and will take appropriate action should any such link be identified.
Examiners, invigilators and others involved in the certification process are not and will not be put under any pressure and will not be influenced in any way to come to a particular conclusion regarding the result of an examination.
BRIPC’s Impartiality Norms:
No outsourcing of examinations to other training institutes.
No referral fees to be paid to training institutes.
Fact-based communication with candidates / training institutes.
Adherence to all accreditation and other policies of BRIPC.
BRIPC shall not carry out any other conflicting services other than its core business of certification.
BRIPC shall not employ any professional conflicting its ethical policies.
BRIPC shall not allow any of its examiners and invigilators to market the services and conduct the examinations for the same candidate.
BRIPC shall not allow any of its examiners and invigilators to carry out financial transactions with candidates / training institutes.
BRIPC shall not carry out business with any training institutes inducing pressures to compromise impartiality.
All employees of BRIPC shall disclose any situation impairing the business ethics.
BRIPC shall not allow any of the examiners and invigilators to carry out examinations for the customer at least for 2 years from the date of relinquishment from their services for that candidate.
BRIPC shall not allow any examiners and invigilators to compromise on the examination timing as required as per the accreditation / BRIPC’s norms.
BRIPC shall not allow any examiners and invigilators to conduct the examination for the customer for which it has not been approved for.
BRIPC shall maintain transparency with regard to all information.
No examiners and invigilators shall divulge any confidential information of the customer or to any third party without written consent from the customer and approval by the Director
No Examiners and invigilators shall carry any customer information with them after the usage period. All customer information shall be returned after usage.
Utmost care / verification shall be carried out for granting the right scope of certification.
Any unethical practice observed shall be notified to the management at the earliest.
BRIPC shall not allow any of its Examiners and invigilators to accept any gifts from customer / Training Institutes of value greater than $ 50.
BRIPC shall not allow any examiners and invigilators to conduct examination for the organization where any of their family members / close relatives are involved at a decision making position.
Disciplinary actions for non-adhering to impartiality policies shall be taken by the management in consultation with Impartiality Committee.
Public Statement (as it appears on BRIPC’s website)
BRIPC, its Director, Managers, Staff and others involved in the certification of persons fully understand the importance of impartiality in undertaking its personnel certification activities.
BRIPC will, therefore, ensure that in its dealings with candidates or potential candidates, all employees or other personnel involved in personnel certification activities are, and will remain, impartial.
To ensure that impartiality is both maintained and can be demonstrated, BRIPC has identified and risk assessed all relationships which may result in a conflict of interest or pose a threat to impartiality.