KSC Poland is an independent Certification Body with its registered office in Katowice which remains a separate company, not included in the other company structure. Financing of the Certification body obtains from conformity assessments activities.
We offer a full scope of product certification services in the Ex field. We carry out an conformity assessment with the requirements of international IEC standards and of the European Union directive 2014/34/EU – ATEX. Ex certification concerns devices installed and used in explosive atmospheres. Obtaining an Ex Certificate allows to significantly boost competitiveness of products.
We also give opinions and carry out products certification in line with the International Classification of Standards (ICS) and management systems certification process according to the Classification of economic activities (NACE rev.2 codes).
The highest reliability of the provided services and maintaining impartiality and confidentiality in assessment/certification processes is guaranteed by: the implemented Management System in line with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021-1 and ISO/IEC 17021-3 standards and the adopted quality policy.
The Management System established, documented, implemented and maintained in the Certification Body in accordance with the requirements of the standards: ISO/IEC 17065 and ISO/IEC 17021-1 is aimed at ensuring fulfilment of the adopted policies and set objectives on every stages of services related to product assessment and management system certification offered to Customers.
All employees of the Certification Body are obliged to continuously observe and apply the functioning Management System. The management of the Certification Body is involved in correct functioning of the Management System and its constant improvement.
The policy and procedures in line with which the Certification Body operates guarantee equal access of all applicants to provided services, without setting unjustified financial or other conditions, and by using non-discriminating procedures.
Top Management of the Certification Body, by its involvement in creation and implementation of the Management System, declares with full responsibility that the adopted policy and objectives are implemented and applied at all levels of the Certification Body.
Our strategic objectives are:
We declare that we observe the policy of managing conflict of interest as well as ensure objectiveness and confidentiality as part of the provided services.
The Certification Body ensures complete impartiality and credibility of the provided services, is responsible for impartiality of performed actions related to conformity assessment and does not allow commercial, financial or other pressure to compromise its impartiality.
Certification Body does not:
- offer certification in case of affiliations that pose an unacceptable threat to impartiality,
- design, is not a manufacturer, fitter, distributor or a maintenance technician of a certified product,
- certify activity of other certification bodies in terms of their quality management system,
- provide consultation services in relation to products or quality management systems certified by it,
- conduct internal audits for its certified customers,
- subcontract audits to consulting entities,
- offer certification in relation to consulting,
- certify quality management systems in case links between the body and a consulting organisation constitute an unacceptable threat to impartiality,
- subcontract decisions concerning certification, including awarding, refusal, maintaining, extending, limiting, prolonging, suspension or renewal after suspension or withdrawal of certification.
Top management and personnel responsible for fulfilment of tasks related to a conformity assessment are not designers, manufacturers, suppliers, fitters, buyers, owners, users or maintenance technicians of the assessed products or authorised representatives of the said parties. They do not become directly involved in design, manufacturing or construction, placing on the market, installation, use or maintenance of these products and they do not represent parties involved in such an activity.
Persons taking part in the assessment and/or certification process ensure confidentiality of all information related to the process. All information provided by our Customers is confidential and is not disclosed to third parties without a written consent of a Customer. If the law requires disclosure of any information to a third party, a Customer is notified about the content of disclosed information within the scope permitted by relevant normative documents or laws.
Confidentiality is also ensured through:
- limited access to Customer’s documentation from the moment of application through certification to the archiving stage,
- recording documentation created in the certification and supervision process (agreements, inspection reports, test reports),
- archiving evidence of a conformity assessment and any Customer’s records provided during the certification process.
Appeals and complaints
An applicant, a certificate holder or other parties have the right to appeal in writing against a decision of the Certification Body at every stage of the certification procedure or in the validity period of a certificate. All appeals and complaints of suppliers, organisations/Customer or certificate holders are considered in the Certification Body in line with the principle of protection of interests of a supplier, organisation/Customer. In case of disputes, the final decision is taken by the common court of jurisdiction for the registered office of the Certification Body.
Detailed information concerning consideration of appeals and complaints is available directly in the secretariat of the Certification Body or by phone.