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Expectations of Customers are growing and they are becoming more sophisticated and better informed. For any business, the only way to keep up is to offer a commitment to quality. In fact any organization, whatever their size or type of industry, they can give themselves a secure future by introducing a quality management system (QMS) such as the ISO 9001.
Benefits of implementing a quality management system (QMS) include:
A quality management system in accordance with ISO 9001 will provide the organization with a set of processes that ensure a common sense approach to the management of the organisation.
The system should ensure consistency and improvement of working practices, which in turn should provide products and services that meet customer’s requirements. ISO 9001 is the most commonly used international standard that provides a framework for an effective quality management system.
A company’s environmental performance can have a significant impact on its success. ISO 14001 is the internationally recognized standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). An Environmental Management System provides a framework for managing environmental responsibilities so they become more efficient and more integrated into overall business operations. Environmental Management Systems are based on standards, which specify a process of achieving continuously improved environmental performance and compliance with legislation.Certification to ISO 14001 which will help the Organisation achieve the requirements of this standard and so enhance the organisation’s competitive advantage and reputation.
Certification can :
Safe food is critical for consumers and businesses.While much of our food supply is safe, several recent high profile cases around the world underline the potential danger of food-borne illness to consumers, employees and brand value. A few recent examples include BSE infected beef, the salmonella contamination of poultry and eggs and high levels of lister in dairy products. For these reasons and others, global retailers, distributors, food manufacturers and food service companies are now concerned more about the safety of their food supply chain than ever before.
Organisations in the food sector will need to manage risk, demonstrate good corporate responsibility and meet legal requirements if they are to remain competitive, protect their reputation and enhance their brand. An effective food safety management system based on a proven standard will help the organisation achieve these goals. Furthermore, assessment and certification of its management system by an independent third party will optimise its food safety management.
ISO 13485, published in 2003, and now fully recognized in many countries, is based on the ISO 9001 process model approach. These standards provide a good base model, recognised by the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF), for compliance with the European Union (EU) CE Marking medical device directives, Health Canada CMDCAS, Taiwan Medical Device Regulations, Japan JPAL and other international requirements.
Certification to ISO 13485 takes place when an accredited third party, visits an organization, assesses the quality management system and, if satisfactory, issues a certificate confirming that the organisation’s quality management system meets the requirements of this standard.
Quality management systems certification is objective, accredited, recognized evidence of the Organisation’s commitment to quality systems and helps it demonstrate this to its customers and regulators. ISO 13485 is becoming widely accepted as the international standard to address medical device requirements around the world.
The standard can be used by manufacturers to demonstrate compliance to applicable regulatory requirements, and by other organisations whose related services support medical device manufacturers.
Health and safety at work is an issue affecting all businesses. Implementing an occupational health and safety (OHS) management system is now a legal requirement in many countries. How do you keep up with legislation and set up a system that protects the staff and the Organisation? The answer is to introduce a management system that can reduce the risk of accidents, litigation and downtime.
An Occupational Health and Safety Management System provides a framework for managing OHS responsibilities so they become more efficient and more integrated into overall business operations. OHS Management systems are based on standards, which specify a process of achieving continuously improved OHS performance and complying with legislation. Certification can now be done to the internationally recognized assessment specification, ISO 45001.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) is the main platform for international legislation and good manufacturing practices for all sectors of the food industry. HACCP also forms a key component of many certified compliance standards and is recognized as a main element of international trade in food products. HACCP is a risk management tool recognized internationally for use in the proactive management of food safety issues. A HACCP system helps you to focus on the hazards that affect food safety through hazard identification and to establish critical control limits at critical points during the production process.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has developed international codex standards and guidelines with the aim of providing a high level of consumer protection and fair practice in the international trade of food and agricultural products.HACCP is relevant to all sectors of the food industry, including primary producers, manufacturers, processors and food service operators who want to demonstrate their compliance with national or international food safety legislation requirements.
There are clear benefits associated with HACCP-based adoption and certification:
Enables the Organisation to demonstrate a commitment to food safety.
It is based on the internationally-recognized Codex Alimentarius standards and guidelines and other national standards; Regular assessments help the Organisation to continually monitor its food safety system.
Bribery is one of the world’s most destructive and challenging issues. With over US$ 1 trillion paid in bribes each year*, the consequences are catastrophic, reducing quality of life, increasing poverty and eroding public trust. Yet despite efforts on national and international levels to tackle bribery, it remains a significant issue. Recognizing this, ISO has developed a new standard to help organizations fight bribery and promote an ethical business culture.
ISO 37001:2016 specifies requirements and provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, reviewing and improving an anti-bribery management system. The system can be stand-alone or can be integrated into an overall management system. ISO 37001:2016 is applicable only to bribery. It sets out requirements and provides guidance for a management system designed to help an organization to prevent, detect and respond to bribery and comply with anti-bribery laws and voluntary commitments applicable to its activities.
ISO 37001:2016 does not specifically address fraud, cartels and other anti-trust/competition offences, money-laundering or other activities related to corrupt practices, although an organization can choose to extend the scope of the management system to include such activities. The requirements of ISO 37001:2016 are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organizations (or parts of an organization), regardless of type, size and nature of activity, and whether in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.
ISO 37001:2016 addresses the following in relation to the organization’s activities:
bribery in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors;
direct and indirect bribery (e.g. a bribe offered or accepted through or by a third party)