SEMA Distributor Accreditation It’s been a busy few weeks for the team at Bristol Storage, with our most recent SEMA Audit taking place earlier in the month. It’s not easy to get SEMA accreditation or retain it, and we were put through a rigorous investigation of our whole process to ensure every aspect of our operation was up to standard.

We are over the moon to report we scored 94%, giving us highly commended status and putting us in the top bracket of SEMA distributors in the UK.

Find out more about the SEMA accreditation, the rigorous audit we are put through to retain our status and what it means for our customers. 

About The Sema Distributor Company (SDC) Qualification 

The SDC qualification indicates that a company has shown a high level of commitment to safety standards, works within industry codes of practice and has been regulated with a regular, random audit. There are currently 31 recognised SEMA Distributor Companies operating in the UK, find out more about the initiative and the standards accredited members must adhere to in the video below:

What’s Involved In The SEMA Audit?

Companies will need to have been operating for at least 2 years and hold a distributorship from a recognised manufacturer of storage equipment before being able to apply for their first audit.

After being accredited, companies wishing to retain their qualification will be subject to a regular, random inspection – this inspection consists of an independent on-site assessment undertaken by QCS International. The assessment is split into two core areas:

Administration and Document Control – This side of the audit ensures that any policies, record-keeping and legal compliance documents are all up to standard.

Process Control – In this section of the audit, the auditors will look at aspects of the company’s process including project management control procedures, the way work instructions are issued, the quality of RAMs, the capture and verification of the customers’ specific requirements and the technical design that underwrites storage installation.

Following the inspection, the audits are scored and awarded as follows:

  • 90% - 100% - Companies falling in this bracket will achieve highly commended status as we did.
  • 60% - 90% - Companies that achieve a score of 60% in the audit will meet the required standard to continue operating as a SEMA distributor company. 
  • 50% - 59% - Companies that score between 50 and 59 percent will need to formulate an improvement plan for reassessment – they will need to score 60% to be accepted again.
  • Less than 50% - Companies that score under 50% will be declined membership and will need to re-apply for evaluation once issues are addressed.

What It Means For Our Customers

Being a SEMA approved distributor company allows our customers to work with us in the knowledge that we are adhering to the high standards set out by the organisation, and that our products and services have been professionally and independently audit to ensure they are also up to standard.

“Retaining our SEMA accreditation gives our clients peace of mind when we are undertaking work for them. Whilst we have always operated to the highest standards possible, retaining this accreditation is our ‘seal of approval’ for all past, present and future clients.”

Dennis Ives – Managing Director

Benefit From Our SEMA Seal Of Approval

We are delighted with our score from our most recent SEMA audit and hope to perform even better when our next random audit is undertaken.

As part of our commitment to providing the best possible service to our customers, in addition to being SEMA accredited distributor, we are safecontractor approved, CHAS accredited and carry certification to undertake SEMA approved racking inspections across the UK.

If you require any more information about our recent SEMA audit, SEMA racking inspections or any of the other services or products we offer, just give us a call 0117 955 5211 or fill out a contact form and we will get back to you.