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  • ISO 27001:2005 Certification

    Information is critical to the operation of any business. Being certified to ISO/IEC 27001 will help you to manage and protect your valuable information assets.

    ISO/IEC 27001 is the only auditable international standard which defines the requirements for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). The standard is designed to ensure the selection of adequate and proportionate security controls.

    This helps you to protect your information assets and give confidence to any interested parties, especially your customers. Like most international standards, the standard adopts a process approach for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining, and improving your ISMS.

    ISO/IEC 27001 is suitable for any organisation,  in any sector or part of the world. The standard is particularly suitable where the protection of information is critical, such as in the finance, health, public and IT sectors.

    ISO/IEC 27001 is also applicable to organisations who manage information on behalf of others, such as IT outsourcing companies: it can be used to assure customers that their information is being protected in accordance with a recognised standard.

    Contact BQSI today and we will start you on the right path to the ISO Certification process

  • ISO 9001:2015 Certification

    ISO 9001:2015 is the most widely applied international standard. It strength lies in the fact that the same standard can be used in any organisation in any industry, of any size, anywhere in the world. Registration to ISO 9001:2015 by a UKAS accredited body provides objective proof that a business has implemented an effective quality management system, and that it satisfies all of the requirements of the applicable standard.

    The standard is based upon eight management principles. These are:

    • Customer focus
    • Leadership
    • The involvement of people
    • Process approach
    • System approach to management
    • Continual improvement
    • A factual approach to decision making
    • Mutually beneficial supplier relationships

    Based originally on lessons learned during the Second World War, basic principles of product specifications were developed, leading to the application of specified requirements applied acrBQSI industry. This resulted in a variety of different standards, which only served to confuse suppliers.

    In an effort to harmonise the Quality Standards a guidance document, BS 4891, A Guide to Quality Assurance, was published in 1972. This was replicated in the USA and further improved with the introduction of BS 5179 in 1975. Other major industrial countries developed their own versions of BS 5179, but the introduction of BS 5750 in the UK in 1979 meant for the first time that there was a standard adopted by industry in general

    Following its own philosophy of continual improvement, the series was revised in 1994/2000/2008 and 2015 and is now viewed by many companies as the framework for best practice acrBQSI the business, not just in quality.

    Contact BQSI today and we will start you on the right path to the ISO Certification process.

    The benefits of ISO 9001 Certification

    • Access to new markets
    • Some organisations require or favour companies with ISO 9001 registration
    • Reducing costs
    • Improved product reliability
    • Better process control and flow
    • Better documentation of processes
    • Greater employee quality awareness
    • Reductions in product scrap, rework and rejections

    By choosing a UKAS accredited body you can have the comfort that your certificate will be recognised worldwide.

  • ISO 14001:2015 Certification

    ISO 14001:2015 is an Environmental Management System developed to identify, control and manage environmental concerns for industry and commerce.

    Concerns about the effects of industry on the environment have been well documented for many years and many organisations developed environmental management systems to their own specification, mainly aimed at legislative compliance.

    In 1992 BSI published BS 7750 - A Specification for Environmental Management Systems. Following this initiative the International Standards Organisation developed ISO 14001 in 1996. This standard was revised again in 2015, mainly to give clarity and eliminate certain misconceptions in December 2004.

    The standard follows the Plan - Do - Check - Act continuous improvement cycle common to many British, European and International standards and is commended for its ease of use and implementation.

    The planning stage consists of identifying environmental and legal issues and developing a programme to reduce the negative effects, whist complying with the legal requirements.

    The doing stage requires the organisation to put in place the expertise and controls to manage the most significant environmental risks.

    Checking requirements include monitoring of improvement, evaluation of compliance with legal and other requirements, internal audit and handling non-conformities. Finally, the organisation needs to act on the data it has gathered, by reviewing the results of audits and other monitoring mechanisms. Part of this requirement is a periodic Management Review.

    Contact BQSI today and we will start you on the right path to the ISO Certification process.

     

    Benefits of ISO 14001:2015 Certification

    Some of the accepted benefits of compliance to ISO 14001:2015 are:

    • Protection of the environment
    • Creating marketing opportunities
    • New products or services
    • Improved pro-active community image
    • Demonstrated compliance with legal requirements
    • Improved Management Focus
    • Reduced costs/liabilities
    • Provides clear guidance on company requirements

     

  • ISO 22000:2005 Certification

    ISO 22000:2005, Food safety management systems – Requirements for any Organisation in the food chain.

    This standard provides a framework of internationally harmonized requirements for the global approach that is needed to ensure food safety. The standard has been developed within ISO by experts from the food industry, along with representatives of specialized international organisations and in close cooperation with the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the body jointly established by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop food standards.

    A major resulting benefit is that ISO 22000 will make it easier for organisations worldwide to implement the Codex HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) system for food hygiene in a harmonized way, which does not vary with the country or food product concerned.

    Food reaches consumers via supply chains that may link many different types of organisation and that may stretch across multiple borders. One weak link can result in unsafe food that is dangerous to health, and when this happens, the hazards to consumers can be serious and the cost to food chain suppliers considerable. As food safety hazards can enter the food chain at any stage, adequate control throughout is essential. Food safety is a joint responsibility of all the sections within the food chain and requires their combined efforts.

    ISO 22000 is therefore designed to allow all types of organisation within the food chain to implement a food safety management system. These range from feed producers, primary producers, food manufacturers, transport and storage operators and subcontractors to retail and food service outlets, together with related organisations such as producers of equipment, packaging material, cleaning agents, additives and ingredients.

    The standard has become necessary because of the significant increase of illnesses caused by infected food in both developed and developing countries. In addition to the health hazards, food-borne illnesses can give rise to considerable economic costs covering medical treatment, absence from work, insurance payments and legal compensation.

    As a result, a number of countries have developed national standards for the supply of safe food and individual companies and groupings in the food sector have developed their own standards or programmes for auditing their suppliers. The plethora of more than 20 different such schemes worldwide generates risks of uneven levels of food safety, confusion over requirements, and increased cost and complication for suppliers that find themselves obliged to conform to multiple programmes.

    ISO 22000, backed by international consensus, harmonizes the requirements for systematically managing safety in food supply chains and offers a unique solution for good practice on a worldwide basis. In addition, food safety management systems that conform to ISO 22000 can be certified – which answers the growing demand in the food sector for the certification of suppliers, although the standard can be implemented without certification of conformity, solely for the benefits it provides.

    Developed with the participation of food sector experts, ISO 22000 incorporates the principles of HACCP, and covers the requirements of key standards developed by various global food retailer syndicates, in a single document.

    "Public sector participation in the development of the ISO 22000 family is also significant, The FAO/WHO’s Codex Alimentarius Commission, which is responsible for the well-known HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) system for food hygiene, played a major part in the development of the standard. Thanks to the strong partnership between ISO and Codex, ISO 22000 will facilitate the implementation of HACCP and the food hygiene principles developed by this pre-eminent body in this field."

    Another benefit of ISO 22000 is that it extends the successful management system approach of the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system standard which is widely implemented in all sectors but does not itself specifically address food safety. The development of ISO 22000 was based on the assumption that the most effective food safety systems are designed, operated and continually improved within the framework of a structured management system, and incorporated into the overall management activities of the Organisation.

    While ISO 22000 can be implemented on its own, it is designed to be fully compatible with ISO 9001:2008 and companies already certified to ISO 9001 will find it easy to extend this to certification to ISO 22000.

    Contact BQSI today and we will start you on the right path to the ISO Certification process.

    ISO 22000:2005 is the first in a family of standards that includes the following documents:

    • ISO/TS 22004, Food safety management systems – Guidance on the application of ISO 22000:2005, which provides important guidance that can assist organisations including small and medium-sized enterprises around the world.
    • ISO/TS 22003, Food safety management systems – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems, will give harmonized guidance for the accreditation (approval) of ISO 22000 certification bodies and define the rules for auditing a food safety management system as conforming to the standard.
    • ISO 22005, Traceability in the feed and food chain – General principles and guidance for system design and development

  • ISO 27001:2005 Certification

    Information is critical to the operation of any business. Being certified to ISO/IEC 27001 will help you to manage and protect your valuable information assets.

    ISO/IEC 27001 is the only auditable international standard which defines the requirements for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). The standard is designed to ensure the selection of adequate and proportionate security controls.

    This helps you to protect your information assets and give confidence to any interested parties, especially your customers. Like most international standards, the standard adopts a process approach for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining, and improving your ISMS.

    ISO/IEC 27001 is suitable for any organisation,  in any sector or part of the world. The standard is particularly suitable where the protection of information is critical, such as in the finance, health, public and IT sectors.

    ISO/IEC 27001 is also applicable to organisations who manage information on behalf of others, such as IT outsourcing companies: it can be used to assure customers that their information is being protected in accordance with a recognised standard.

    Contact BQSI today and we will start you on the right path to the ISO Certification process

  • ISO 13485:2003 Certification

    ISO 13485:2003 is an international standard that defines quality management system requirements for manufacturers of medical devices. ISO 13485:2003 contains requirements essential for organizations operating at any tier in the medical devices and pharmaceutical supply chain. The primary objective of the standard is to facilitate harmonized medical device regulatory requirements and as a result, it includes some particular requirements for manufacture, installation and servicing such as added requirements on record-control, sterilization and risk management. It is based on ISO 9001:2000. In particular, the requirements for customer satisfaction and continual improvement have been modified to make them more appropriate for regulatory purposes. Organizations can register to ISO 13485 as a standalone or in conjunction with an ISO 9001 or other registration. An ISO 13485 certification from us demonstrates your organization's commitment to provide products and related services that consistently meet customer and regulatory requirements applicable to the medical industry.

    Benefits of ISO 13485

    »ISO 13485 promotes harmonization of regulatory requirements for manufacturers of medical devices on an international scale.

    » A number of countries have incorporated ISO 13485 into their regulatory systems. Compliance with ISO 13485 can be used in support of regulatory compliance.

    » It incorporates many of the quality management principles and delivers the benefits of an ISO 9001:2000 based quality management system.

    » Creates a competitive advantage.

    » Ensures a consistent and effective approach to business management.

    » Reduces risk factors via the use of risk management techniques.

    » Engages top management involvement.

    » Provides a robust framework for assuring product consistency.

  • OHSAS 18001:2007 Certification

    OHSAS 18001:2007 is an Occupational Health and Safety Management System developed to assist organisations to manage health and safety risks and facilitate legal compliance.

    The minefield of Health and Safety legislation is the cause of much concern to all sectors of industry and commerce at all levels. With the advent of the ‘claims culture’ and corporate responsibility comes a need to ensure that all applicable means are taken to comply.

    In the United Kingdom, as well as in other enlightened nations, more and more organisations are utilising OHSAS 18001:2007 to manage their corporate health and safety responsibilities.

    The standard follows the Plan - Do - Check - Act continuous improvement cycle common to many British, European and International standards and is commended for its ease of use and implementation.

    The planning stage consists of identifying health and safety hazards and risks, the associated legal requirements and developing a programme to reduce the risks by pro-active means.

    The doing stage requires the organisation to put in place the expertise and controls to manage the most significant risks, by training, appropriate documentation, planning and management of activities and potential emergencies.

    Checking requirements include monitoring of accidents, incidents, near misses, improvement programmes, evaluation of compliance with legal and other requirements, internal audit and handling non-conformities.

    Finally, the organisation needs to act on the data it has gathered, by reviewing the results of audits and other monitoring mechanisms. Part of this requirement is a periodic Management Review.

    Contact BQSI today and we will start you on the right path to the ISO Certification process.

  • ISO 50001:2011 Certification

    ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS) was introduced to help companies establish the systems and processes necessary to improve their overall energy performance, including energy efficiency, use and consumption.

    Developed in response to increasing global awareness of energy performance, this relatively new standard offers a systematic approach to reduce energy costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and other related environmental impacts.

    While there is some overlap with 14001:2004 (Environmental Management Systems), ISO 50001:2011 focuses specifically on energy management, and on the technical factors that drive energy efficiency and environmental impact.

    The ISO 50001:2011 standard was designed to deliver the following benefits to companies who implement it.

    *Make better use of existing energy-consuming assets

    *Improve visibility of energy usage

    *Facilitate an organization’s ability to communicate about energy performance, both internally and to its community and customers

    *Promote energy management best practices and reinforce good energy management behaviors

    *Assist in evaluating and prioritizing the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies

    *Provide a framework for promoting energy efficiency throughout the supply chain

    *Facilitate energy management improvements for greenhouse gas emission reduction projects

    *Allow for more streamlined integration with other organizational management systems such as environmental, and health and safety

    ISO 50001 certification provides customers, suppliers, employees, and other stakeholders with evidence of an organization’s commitment to improved energy performance, as well as compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

    Energy management systems can be integrated with other management systems, including those related to quality, environment and occupational health and safety.

    Contact your local office today to find out how Certification International can bring your organization the benefits that being certified in world class energy management can provide.

  • ISO/TS 16949 Certification

    ISO/TS 16949 is a Technical Specification not an ISO standard.

    The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), which consists of an international group of vehicle manufacturers, wrote ISO/TS 16949 in conjunction with the International Organization for Standards (ISO). This specification aligns existing American, German (VDA6.1), French (EAQF) and Italian (AVSQ) automotive quality systems standards within the global automotive industry.

    Together with ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949 specifies the quality management system requirements for the design/development, production, installation and servicing of automotive products.  In addition, there are customer specific requirements that are required by individual subscribing vehicle manufacturers. ISO/TS 16949 does not replace the existing quality system requirements.

    • Some of the benefits of the IATF registration scheme include:
    • better product and process quality
    • improved positioning in the market of global sourcing
    • common quality approach in the supply chain for development and product consistency
    • reduction in multiple registrations

    For further information on ISO/TS 16949 visit the IAOB website at www.iatfglobaloversight.org

  • SA 8000 Certification

    The SA 8000 certification is the Social Accountability System standard. It is applicable to companies of any size that wish to address the social and ethical aspects of their business. A Social Accountability System proves to customers that the company holds adequate provisions for the protection of workers’ rights. Further, it ensures ethical production of all goods manufactured by the company. SA 8000 certification enables organization’s to demonstrate your commitment to social accountability standards as well as employee and customer satisfaction.

    SA 8000 is an international certification standard that encourages organization to develop, maintain and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace. It was created in 1989 by Social Accountability International (SAI), an affiliate of the Council on Economic Priorities, and is viewed as the most globally accepted independent workplace standard. It can be applied to any company, of any size, anywhere in the world. The areas it addresses include forced and child labor, health and safety, freedom of association and collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, compensation and management systems.

    Along with setting standards for employees worldwide, SA 8000 also embraces existing international agreements, including conventions from the International Labor Organization, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • HACCP Certification

    HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) is the systematic preventative approach to food safety. It addresses physical, chemical, and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection. This approach has significant benefits to organisations operating within the food supply chain as it enables them to determine key controls over processes and concentrate resources on activities that are critical to ensuring safe food. Retailers, the food industry and Government in particular are concerned about ensuring that food is produced safely and that the consumer has confidence in the product. This has led to an increase in legislation over time that has focussed upon ensuring safe systems of food production. In the UK the 1995 Food Safety Amendment Regulations, for the first time required manufacturers and providers to adopt HACCP to ensure food safety.

    Seven Basic Principles of HACCP :

    The seven principles are: (1) hazard analysis, (2) critical control point identification, (3) establishment of critical limits, (4) monitoring procedures, (5) corrective actions, (6) record keeping, and (7) verification procedures.

    The main benefits of HACCP are:

    • ·Saves your business money in the long run
    • ·Avoids you poisoning your customers
    • ·Food safety standards increase
    • ·Ensures you are compliant with the law
    • ·Food quality standards increase
    • ·Organizes your process to produce safe food
    • ·Organizes your staff promoting teamwork and efficiency
    • ·Due diligence defence in court. 

  • CE Marking

    The CE marking as it has been legally called since 1993 (per directive 93/68/EEC)(DECISION No 768/2008/EC) (abbreviation of French: Conformité Européenne, meaning “European Conformity”, formerly EC mark) is a mandatory conformity mark for products placed on the market in the European Economic Area (EEA). With the CE marking on a product, the manufacturer ensures that the product conforms with the essential requirements of the applicable EC directives.

    However, “CE” originally stood for (“Communauté Européenne”, “Comunidad Europea”, “Comunidade Europeia” and “Comunità Europea”) “European Community”. In former German legislation, the CE-marking was called “EG-Zeichen” meaning “European Community mark”. According to the European Commission, the CE logo has become a symbol for free marketability of industrial goods within the EEA without any literal meaning, which appears contradictory to what they say today (cf. above reference no. 2).

    Legally, the CE marking is not a quality mark. But, depending on the applicable directive, the CE marking can actually be considered to be a quality mark. Deviating from sectoral directives regulating other industrial goods, medical devices have to comply with “essential requirements” as described in Annex I of Directive 93/42/EEC. According to this, medical devices must not only be safe but also function in a medical-technical way as described in the manufacturer’s “intended purpose”. Compliance with these requirements is proved within a certified quality management system according to EN ISO 13485.

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