A request for certification can be made by a specific entity (for example, a school, a lab or a an institute) or by an organization in its entirety (for example, a university).
To be certified, an academic institution must undertake to implement the Guidelines.
It must also agree to an on-site inspection carried out by independent auditors who will evaluate the anti-plagiarism program that it has put into place.
The auditor will take one to three days to carry out the investigation, depending on the number of students and/or researchers. Documents will be gathered beforehand, so that only the interviews will need to be conducted on-site.
This on-site inspection will take place every three years.
There will also be an annual review, conducted by mail, on the anniversary of the date of certification to measure the program’s progress in the years between on-site visits.