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Verification procedures

ARISTA 3.0® follows a third party audit and verification scheme; an independent Certification Council is responsible for awarding the formal certification decisions.

The methodologies (Core and Derived), the products and services and the quality management systems for which the RI research groups seek certification, are assessed and certified against the requirements of ARISTA 3.0®. Fully certified data can be consulted in the Transparency Matrix® of each methodology/RI research group.

Following a long initial phase of pre-pilots, pilots and initiation audits, the first in depth certification audits were performed in 2008 and early 2009, during phase 2 of the EC project, resulting in the first certificates, which were valid for three years from 2009 until 2012. In the meantime, these pioneering groups have undergone a re-certification audit as the first cycle came to end by the beginning of 2012. The re-certification audits have resulted in renewed certificates, valid for a second cycle, from 2012 until 2015.

An audit takes place in each year of the 3-year audit cycle; at least one of these 3 audits is an on-site audit.



The independent auditor executes the audit and verification protocol.
In order to be eligible for accreditation by ARISE, an auditor must:

  • Have 10 or more years of working experience, at least 5 of which should relate to general or quality management of organisations, auditing of management systems, or financial/internal auditing.
  • Be qualified against the ISO 19011-standard.
  • Have successfully completed an accredited Lead Auditor Course (in one of the fields of ISO 9001, SA 8000 or ISO 14001).
  • Have a very good knowledge of QMS in general and the ARISTA 3.0® documentation and procedures in particular.

ARISE has appointed Geert Anciaux of Procuratis ( as Lead Auditor. Geert got a Master in Business Sciences at the HU Brussels and also studied at the Vlerick Business School. He has a proven record in executive direction and management positions and a qualified expertise in auditing enterprise risk management domains like TQM, ESG, HRM, and OH&S. Geert is a great supporter of lean manufacturing and CSR principles. He speaks fluently four languages and has extensive international work experience.


The Certification Council (CC)

The Certification Council of ARISE is an independent body responsible for making the formal certification decisions. Therefore the Certification Council has a very good knowledge of the ARISE documentation and procedures, and is experienced in surveying audits in the field of CSR and RI research.

Furthermore the CC is responsible for the audit review process, for the accurate reporting of certifications and for certification changes. It takes into consideration the auditors findings and conclusions for reaching its decisions. The CC meets twice a year at minimum.

Aiko Bode (Chief Sustainability Officer for Fenix Outdoor AB) and Philippe Rabut (Deputy Managing Director of Afnor Certification) are the first CC members that have formally been nominated. Other nominations will follow in due course.


Audit references

  • The auditor implements the ISO 19011 as guideline for performing the audits.
  • ARISE implements the ISO Guide 62 (IAF Guidance on the application of ISO/IEC Guide 62) as guideline for the auditor time, audit frequency, and multi-site certification.