What is PS-Prep?
PS-Prep encourages the creation of management plans so that organizations can continue to function in the event of emergencies.
The PS‐Prep program is a collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the private sector with the intent of promoting organizational preparedness in order to enhance organizational resiliency. The voluntary creation of this program comes directly from the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission’s efforts to promote disaster management, emergency management and business continuity.
Helps you with
- Assurance to stakeholders
- Program policies
- Analysis and planning
- Operational controls
- Evaluation, review and improvement
What are the benefits of PS-Prep certification?
It is generally estimated that anywhere from 50% to 80% of organizations fail to continue operations following a disaster; in large part due to the lack of preparation and recovery strategies.
Certification to PS‐Prep provides a level of assurance to all stakeholders that organizations have Program Policies, Analysis, Planning, Operational Controls, Evaluation, Review, and Improvement processes in place.
Facilitates emergency planning
Provides business continuity structure
Protects the integrity of the supply chain
Provides accountability for aims and objectives
Drives consistency, competence and control
Creates a competitive advantage for organizations
How can NQA help?
The industry landscape is always changing. These changes have impacts to your customer needs and require the evolution of your management system. Considerations include: changing regulatory needs, global outsourcing, evolving customer requirements and integrity threats in the supply chain
With a wealth of experience providing accredited management systems certifications, NQA is ideally placed to partner with you to meet customer requirements and exceed industry expectations.
Technical committees and industry relationships. NQA is highly involved in a wide variety of industry committees and standards writing teams, helping us to maintain a keen awareness of changes within this industry.
Knowledge transfer supporting our customer’s organizational strategy. NQA is committed to ensuring customer awareness regarding changes in industry strategy, regulations, and standard requirements that may impact your management system approach.
Steps to Certification
Complete a Quote Request Form so that we can understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information to accurately define your scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.
Once you’ve agreed your proposal, we will contact you to book your assessment with an NQA Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.
Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by NQA. You will receive both a hard and soft copy of the certificate. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.