An ISO certificate for compliance with a particular standard in the ISO range holds several benefits for the compliant organisation, including:
- Improvement in consistency of service and product delivery.
- Proof of compliance with an internationally accepted standard.
- Assurance to clients and business partners regarding their commitment to comply with the requirements of a particular standard.
- Competitive edge over companies that have yet to comply with the particular standard.
- Reduction in costs associated with mistakes and management of risks.
- Higher morale of employees.
- Better positioning in the international market, since overseas trading companies prefer doing business with companies holding ISO certificates.
- Ongoing improvement.
The range of ISO standards came about because of the need expressed by companies from all over the world to have uniform standards, whether related to quality, environment, security or safety. With such, universally-accepted approaches to management systems ensure more confidence in doing business with companies in other countries.
Although ISO certification is not compulsory, it is beneficial. The new ISO standards are written in a uniform format for easy integration of the various ISO compliant management systems. Most of the ISO standards are generic in character, in order to make them applicable to organisations of all sizes, operating within any of the industries across the globe. This is what makes it possible to standardise the way organisations are managed in terms of manufacturing, services, product quality, health and safety, information security and the environment.
Most Popular ISO Certificate
ISO 9001 is the most popular ISO standard with well over a million companies already having ISO certificates for compliance with the requirements of the standard.
What is the Standard About?
ISO 9001 addresses Quality Management Systems. The standard can be implemented alongside other management system standards in the ISO range. The aim is to ensure consistency in quality, and the ongoing improvement in quality of products and services. As such, implementation and maintenance of the standard gives customers the assurance that they need to know that the company is committed to quality.
ISO 9001:2015 was introduced in September of 2015 to bring ISO 9001 in line with the requirements of the 21st century. The changes in the standard from the 2008 version include:
- New structure with changes in paragraph order, new clauses, chapter and sub-chapter titles.
- Knowledge is approached as a resource that can be managed in terms of quality.
- Risk management plays an integral role in quality management.
- Context of the organisation must be analysed.
- The quality policy manual can be presented in various forms.
- Leadership accountability is addressed.
Training for the transition from the 2008 version to the 2015 version is recommended. Companies have three years to make the transition.
Most Popular Environmental Management Standard
The ISO 14000 series addresses the implementation and maintenance of an environment management system. With the world’s focus now on sustainable management of natural resources and the reduction of the human footprint on the planet, the standard has become increasingly important.
Although certification is not compulsory yet, it is one of the most important standards to comply with if an organisation wants to trade internationally. The new version of ISO 14001 was released in 2014. With well over 238 000 organisations already having their ISO certificates for compliance with ISO 14001, it becomes clear that companies that have not been certified will in future be at a competitive disadvantage.
The standard provides the criteria for the measurement of the organisation’s EMS, even though it doesn’t provide exact specifications to measure performance. The guidelines are, however, comprehensive.
Most Popular Health & Safety Standard
Having an ISO certificate for compliance with OHSAS 18001 provides the compliant firm with proof of their commitment to the implementation and maintenance of a standardised Occupational Health & Safety Management System. The standard provides the benchmark against which a company can measure the performance of its OHS management system. Although it is not an ISO standard, certification is certainly recommended, as it is widely implemented across the globe.
OHSAS 18001 sets out the requirements for compliance and OHSAS 18002 provides the implementation framework. Since its inception, more than 53 000 companies have qualified for their certificates and the standard has been implemented in over 114 countries.
The revised edition was published in 2007 to allow for easier integration with ISO management systems, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. The standard series is applicable to any organisation, regardless of whether it is service- or product-oriented.
ISO Certificate for Energy Management
ISO 50001:2011 focuses on the implementation of an Energy Management System. This standard helps compliant companies to reduce energy usage and to ensure cleaner energy approaches. It uses the same model as ISO 14001 and also follows the ISO 9001 approach. With improvements in the way companies use energy, the aim is to reduce the carbon footprint of humans on the planet. The standard helps compliant firms to follow a systematic approach to the management of energy, in order to ensure continuous improvement in the way that they manage energy usage, which also helps them to reduce costs and wastage.
The standard includes the requirements for compliance, what management’s role is in setting up an energy policy, and the development of an energy action plan, as well as performance auditing.
ISO Certificate in Information Security Management
Advances in technology have changed the way in which information is stored, retrieved, managed and distributed. With an increased focus on electronic-based communication and information management, it has become exceptionally important to protect the integrity of information systems.
ISO/IEC 27001 is the standard that addresses the securing of information assets, including access control to the information, proper management of protection when the information is distributed, and storage thereof. The standard effectively addresses the setting up and maintaining of an Information Security Management System. It was updated in 2013. Although certification is highly recommended, it is not compulsory.
Why Integrated Management Systems?
Managing compliance with all the ISO standards can become rather time consuming and costly, unless an integrated management system is in place to manage compliance for all the standards. We assist in preparing your firm to obtain ISO certificates, setting up an integrated management system, maintaining compliance for all the standards, and training your employees in the relevant subject areas.