Skip to content

DNV Fit for Purpose

Our innovative approach to safety management system (SMS) certification makes your management systems more effective.

Optimizing the effectiveness of your safety management system (SMS) is critical for the success of your business and audit processes should support that optimization. With your company’s unique challenges and strategic ambitions, why should you accept the certification of your SMS being treated as one-size-fits-all?

Our audits are “Fit for Purpose” and the needs of your company are in focus.

Our approach is a combined certification package which leads to the issuance of certificates for International Safety Management (ISM), International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS), the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006, as well as standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS), including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 5000.

Our approach gives you the confidence that your SMS will be even more effective.

What’s new about “Fit for Purpose”?

  • Audits designed for your company
    We do not use generic checklists, but tailor the audit to your needs.
  • You get the most out of your SMS
    Where traditional audits only focus on conformity with detailed requirements, we look at the overall effectiveness of your SMS and assess whether it is helping you reach your desired results.
  • Combined audits
    We will utilize overlapping requirements in ISM, ISPS and MLC to combine audits.
  • Data smart audits provide insight on your competitiveness
    We incorporate industry performance data and dashboards into our analysis, to support you in proactively identifying improvement opportunities and managing risk.

The benefits:

  • Our audits do not just verify compliance, but also focus on the aspects that are important for you.
  • Our support allows you to leverage the full potential of your SMS and achieve your operational goals.
  • Audits are more time-effective - fewer interruptions and reduced administrative burden.
  • Audit results are richer and more meaningful.

What to expect

Leading up to the office audit, we will discuss the potential focus areas for your audit with you and which performance indicators should be used so that we can support you to improve your operations and reach your KPIs.

With focus areas agreed upon in advance, the office audit will be more effective. For the shipboard audit, the combined certification approach will be employed, which will allow us to leverage the overlaps between the requirements of the various certification schemes.

On completion of the audit you will receive a report with the results and any findings. We will also provide information on areas for improvement and noteworthy efforts. The information gathered will be utilized in dashboards made available to you.

A smooth process with DNV 

Our “Fit for Purpose” service provides effective auditing and certification of measures for ongoing compliance and management of risks through an effective management system both ashore and on board. We work together in close partnership with you to ensure that you get the most out of the audit and realize the full potential of your SMS. By working with DNV, you get access to unmatched competence and information on industry trends and benchmarks, which will support you in improving operations and reaching your KPIs. Compliance with ISO and OHSAS standards in addition to ISM Code, ISPS Code and MLC, 2006 can give you a competitive edge on the market.

Related download

  Easy transfer of management systems certification

Easy transfer of management systems certification

2-page flyer