DNV GL uses the following terminology for its audit stages:
Preliminary Assessment - not included within the scope of the certification process. Some certification bodies call this a Gap Analysis.
Document Review & Initial Visit - can be known as Stage 1 Audit, or Documentation Review.
Initial Audit - can be called Stage 2 Audit, Main Assessment, or Certification Audit. It is following this audit that a management certificate is issued.
Periodic Audit - or surveillance audit.
Renewal Audit - or Recertification or Tri-annual audit.
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