The FORS Standard

The FORS Standard is split into a number of documents and should be read in conjunction with the Guidance. The Guidance document has been produced to help explain how you can demonstrate that your company or organisation meets the requirements of the FORS Standard at Bronze, Silver or Gold level, please click here.

The route to becoming FORS accredited is dependent on the number of operating centres included:

Single Operating Centre accreditation (SOCA)

Operators wishing to have only one operating centre accredited, or more than one operating centres that do not have the same policies and procedures throughout

Multi-Operating Centre accreditation (MOCA)

Operators with more than one operating centre with the same policies and procedures throughout

Whole Fleet Accreditation (WFA)

National fleet operators with 3 or more operating centres. WFA applies to operators seeking to gain accreditation by demonstrating widespread application of the FORS Standard through an established, internal transport management quality audit process

Methods of attaining FORS accreditation

Single Operating Centre accreditation (SOCA) Operators wishing to have only one operating centre accredited or more than one operating centre accredited but who do not have the same policies and procedures throughout One audit is required at each operating centre
Multi-Operating Centre accreditation (MOCA) Operators with the same policies and procedures throughout

Audit requirements per operating centre(s):

◆                   1-3: one audit each

◆                   4-15: three audits

◆                   16+: 20 per cent sample is audited

Whole Fleet Accreditation (WFA) National fleet operators with 3 or more operating centres seeking to gain accreditation by demonstrating widespread applicability of the FORS Standard through an established internal transport management quality audit process

 Audit requirements:

◆                   A quality management systems audit will require to be undertaken (this should be done at least 30 days prior to
expiry date)

◆                   20% of the operating centres shall be self-audited* throughout the year

◆                   100% of auditors shall undergo a witnessed audit by certification body throughout the year

◆                   100% of the audit reports shall be quality checked throughout the year

(* 100% over a five year cycle)