Risk Management firm Assent has segregated its assurance services to ensure the impartiality and transparency of audit results.
Assent has always taken care to ensure our auditors are not ‘marking their own homework’, however as certification bodies begin to scrutinise more closely the internal audits provided by consultancies such as Assent Risk Management (ARM), and we begin to increase our second and third party auditing services more broadly, we made the strategic decision to separate audit activities from our consultancy business.
Third-party audits and other assurance activities will be delivered by newly formed Assent Audit Services Limited (AAS), managed by Assent’s dedicated Head of Assurance, Kaidee Clark.
While some internal audits will still be delivered by the consultancy team at Assent Risk Management; where a conflict-of-interest or threat-to-impartiality exists, these will be delivered by a separate team via AAS.
This follows a 6-month process of the team building an audit and certification management system to ISO 19011, ISO 17021, ISO 17065 and others, to ensure the highest standards are maintained.
This management system forms the basis of our assurance work going forward as we commence a formal joint-venture with the Association of Translation Companies (ATC) via ATC Certification Ltd; a specialist ISO Certification body for the language industry which already has over 50 certified Language Service Providers globally.
ATC Certification Ltd has been structured to maintain separation of the board, operating committee and independent certification committee; while corporate services including finance, HR and marketing are delivered by Associate Enterprises Limited (AEL) via a Service Level Agreement.