Australian businesses may need to transition to the new OHS standard ISO45001


In 2015, two of the most implemented ISO standards (ISO9001 and ISO14001) were updated to significantly new and uniform versions. In 2016 OHS standards are undergoing the same transformation. With this change, OHSAS18001 (and likely AS4801) safety management systems will need to be certified to a new Standard: ISO45001. Over 70 countries have been involved … Read more

The Opportunity of Exporting to China


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Since signing the China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in Canberra on 17 June 2015, many Australian companies are considering exporting to China for the first time.

The agreement takes effect from 1 January 2016 and many have predicted this will represent a major boost for the Australian economy, as China is our biggest trading partner.

It is especially significant for industries such as agriculture which have been disadvantaged in the past because they have had to compete for trade against nations who have had a Foreign Trader Agreement in place.

What does it mean for your business?

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ISO 27001 – the Information Security Standard – Managing Risks, Application and Benefits

ISO 27001 is designed to help businesses to protect their information assets.

One of the ISO management system standards, ISO 27001 provides benchmarks for the management of information security in any kind of organisation. It provides a sound and integrated structure for an Information Security Management System (ISMS) allowing the organisation to better manage their information and overall security concerns.

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How the New Changes To ISO 9001 Will Affect Your Business

ISO 9001 is currently used by 1.1 million people and organisations in 180 countries worldwide (ISO survey 2012). Now that the upcoming 2015 draft revision has been announced, this will mean a significant impact for all the businesses that currently work with the standard.

Similar to the 2000 edition, this change will affect all accreditation and certification bodies, training and implementing organisations, consultants and of course the clients or customers.

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Benefits of ISO Certification for your Business

Have you ever wondered if a particular service or product is safe, environmentally friendly or high enough quality enough for you to use? Probably your customers (or targeted customers) are also wondering the same about what you offer them. So how can you prove that they are receiving what they are paying for? Part of the answer could be – with the help of ISO Certification.

Why are standards necessary?

Standards are important not only for businesses and customers but, in the long term, for all of us. Goods and services which meet specified standards:

  • Keep us safe from injury
  • Guarantee a quality product
  • Encourage continual improvement in our industries
  • Boosts employment as our businesses and industries grow
  • Make Australia internationally competitive

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Fakes, frauds & cheapsters: Part 3 – Is that certificate of compliance from your supplier valid?

Whenever you see a compliance claim, it’s wise to verify who is making the claim and what they are claiming, so you can decide whether the certificate is actually valid.  If someone is claiming compliance falsely, especially a critical supplier, it shouldn’t be very difficult to figure out, either by questioning them or by conducting an on-site audit.  In addition, if the company has been certified by a certification body then you can easily and quickly check the JAS-ANZ register (or equivalent register in their country) to see whether their certification body are an accredited organisation and you can then check with the certification body (often on their website) to ensure the certification is genuine.

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