Verification Verification
Self-verification Self-verification
Certification Certification
Accreditation Accreditation
AWS Accredited Organizations AWS Accredited Organizations
Registered sites Registered sites
AWS Certified Sites AWS Certified Sites

The AWS Verification System provides for two types of assessment against the AWS Standard processes: self-verification and certification through a third-party conformity assessment body (CAB). The following diagram presents a comparison of the processes and associated terms.

Verification versus Certification

The AWS Standard System is rooted in four normative documents:

Note that in response to questions received by CABs in relation to the interim requirements listed above we are maintaining a Q&A document to address issues as they arise and ensure consitency of approach.

The following table illustrates the purpose and audience for these documents

AWS system documentation

 

Self-verification against the AWS Standard is designed to encourage sites operating in complex environments to proceed with implementation of the Standard, recognizing that in some cases this might be a lengthy journey. Successful completion of a self-verification assessment will allow implementers to make limited claims with respect to AWS and compliance.

To undertake self-verification it is first necessary to register this intent with AWS by downloading, completing and submitting the site registration form.

The assessment itself will be comparable to an internal audit. As part of self-verification, implementers are required to disclose information about the performance of the site in relation to select indicators from the AWS Standard.

Full requirements for self-verification can be accessed here.

Certification against the AWS Standard is a mark of having met the global benchmark for good water stewardship. AWS certification has three levels: Core, Gold and Platinum. Higher levels of certification are designed to drive continual improvement and stronger collaboration on shared water challenges.

Steps to certification

AWS certificates are issued by independent conformity assessment bodies (CABs) who have achieved AWS interim accreditation. Only CABs with AWS interim accreditation are authorized to issue AWS certificates.  Your route to certification has six key steps:

  1. Download the AWS Standard and familiarize yourself with the intent, the criteria and the indicators.
  2. Download, complete and submit the site registration form 
  3. Implement the AWS Standard
  4. Get in touch with a CAB with AWS interim accreditation who can discuss process, requirements and give you an estimate of time and cost of certification.
  5. Get your site(s) audited.
  6. Get your site’s AWS certification: if you conform with the AWS criteria your site’s certificate will be valid for three years, subject to successful surveillance audits.

Full requirements for certification can be accessed here.

AWS certificates are issued only by independent conformity assessment bodies (CABs) who have achieved AWS interim accreditation. AWS also accredits consultants and trainers to support awareness raising on water stewardship and the implementation of the AWS Standard. These specialist service providers have met rigorous criteria and undertaken specialist AWS training courses before gaining accreditation to deliver AWS-related services.

The AWS interim accreditation requirements can be accessed here.

A list of organizations with AWS interim accreditation can be accessed here.

If you are interested in gaining AWS interim accreditation please get in touch.

AWS offers interim accreditation for three service areas: conformity assessment bodies (CABs), consultancies and training service providers. On this page we maintain an up-to-date list of organizations with AWS interim accreditation. This list will be added to as and when organizations achieve interim accreditation. The following service providers have received AWS interim accreditation for the service areas listed


CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT BODIES

Bureau Veritas Certification (Beijing) Co. Ltd

AWS interim accreditation since September 2015

Scope: Worldwide, subject to availability of suitably qualified expertise

Website: http://www.bureauveritas.cn/    

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Exova BM TRADA

AWS interim accreditation since October 2015

Scope: Global

Website: http://www.bmtrada.com/en-gb

Email

SGS United Kingdom Ltd

AWS interim accreditation since January 2016

Scope: Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and the Pacific 

Website: http://www.sgs.com/

Email

TÜV Rheinland (China) Ltd.

AWS interim accreditation since September 2015

Scope: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, US, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Bangladesh

Website: http://www.tuv.com/en/greater_china/home.jsp   

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CONSULTANCIES

Joerg Hartmann

AWS interim accreditation since February 2016

Scope: Global

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Hydrus Consulting

AWS interim accreditation since April 2016

Scope: Asia-Pacific, Latin America

Website: http://www.hydrusconsulting.com.au/

Email

International Water Centre

AWS interim accreditation since March 2016

Scope: Asia-Pacific, Latin America

Website: http://www.watercentre.org/

Email

LimnoTech

AWS interim accreditation since December 2015

Scope: North America, Europe, Latin America 

Website: http://www.limno.com/

Email

Natural Resource Planning Pty Ltd

AWS interim accreditation since December 2015

Scope: Australia and New Zealand

Website: www.naturalresourceplanning.com.au

Email

Pinnacle Quality Pty Ltd.

AWS interim accreditation since December 2015

Scope: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Website: http://pinnaclebypinnacle.com/ 

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Water Witness International

AWS interim accreditation since November 2015

Scope: Worldwide

Website: http://waterwitness.org/

Email 

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

AWS interim accreditation since June 2016

Scope: USA

Website: http://www.wmep.org/

Email 

 


TRAINING SERVICE PROVIDERS

Bureau Veritas Certification (Beijing) Co. Ltd

AWS interim accreditation since September 2015

Scope: Worldwide, subject to availability of suitably qualified expertise

Website: http://www.bureauveritas.cn/   

Email 

Joerg Hartmann

AWS interim accreditation since February 2016

Scope: Global

Email

Hydrus Consulting

AWS interim accreditation since April 2016

Scope: Asia-Pacific, Latin America

Website: http://www.hydrusconsulting.com.au/

Email

International Water Centre

AWS interim accreditation since March 2016

Scope: Asia-Pacific, Latin America

Website: http://www.watercentre.org/

Email

LimnoTech

AWS interim accreditation since December 2015

Scope: North America, Europe, Latin America 

Website: http://www.limno.com/

Email

Pinnacle Quality Pty Ltd.

AWS interim accreditation since December 2015

Scope: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Website: http://pinnaclebypinnacle.com/ 

Email

Water Witness International

AWS interim accreditation since November 2015

Scope: Worldwide

Website: http://waterwitness.org/

Email 

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

AWS interim accreditation since June 2016

Scope: USA

Website: http://www.wmep.org/

Email 

Organization  Site Name/Address  Country   Sector AWS Reference No.  CAB  AWS Standard Version 
Nestle Waters Santa Maria Factory Mexico Bottled Water AWS-010-CAB-00-02-0004-0004   V1-0
Archroma Pakistan Ltd Production Site Jamshoro Pakistan Dyes and Chemical Manufacturing plant AWS-010-INT-CAB-00-06-0005-0005    V1-0
Bavaria - SABMiller Bavaria S.A. Cervecería de Tocancipá Colombia Food and Beverages AWS-010-INT-SGS-00-02-0006-0006 SGS V1-0
Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) Group Certification (24 coffee farms)  Colombia Coffee   AWS-010-INT-SGS-00-02-0007-0007  SGS V1-0
Nestle Waters Polska SA 02-672 Warszawa, Domaniewska 32 Poland Bottled Water AWS-010-INT-CAB-00-03-0004-0008   V1-0

 

 

Certificate holder   Site Name/Address  Catchment Country   Industry AWS Reference No.  Period of Validity  Level attained  Scope   CAB AWS Std. Version 
Ecolab Ecolab(Taicang) Technology Co., Ltd. Taihu Basin of the Yangtze Delta China Manufacturing of food & beverage cleaning, sanitation products. AWS-01.0-INT-TUR-00-08-0001-0001 28.09.15-27.09.18 Core Single Site TÜV Rheinland V1-0
Ingham’s Enterprises Pty Limited Grant Road, Somerville Victoria 3912 Watson Creek, Somerville, Victoria Australia Food Processing AWS-01.0-INT-BMT-00-07-0002-0002 24.11.15-23.11.18 Gold Single Site BM Trada V1-0
Olam Aviv Coffee Plantation, Lipokela Village, Songea Rural District, Ruvuma Region Upper Ruvuma Sub-basin Tanzania Agriculture  AWS-01.0-INT-SGS-30202010-05-0002-0001  28.06.16-27.06.19  Core  Single Site  SGS V1-0