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ISO 9001 – Quality Management Systems

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ISO 9001 is a quality management system that is used on an international scale. If your business operates in compliance with this standard, you have the opportunity to gain ISO 9001 certification. At ICS our team of dedicated quality management system ISO 9001 specialists can provide you with the comprehensive guidance required to achieve certification.

If your current quality management system is poorly designed, this could be hindering business success more than having no system in place at all. Compliance can help your business to boost business performance, enhance brand reputation, increase customer satisfaction, reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Being an ISO standard, ISO 9001 uses an approach that can be easily integrated with various other compliance systems. As such, your business now has the opportunity to effectively implement multiple standards and improve your systems organisation wide.

ISO frameworks can be used in all industry types so, regardless of the field your business specialises in, you have the option to apply for ISO 9001 quality management certification.

For more information, or to organise a cost-free ISO 9001 consultation with an experienced quality management system expert, please do not hesitate to contact us.

ISO 13485 – Medical Devices

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In March 2016, several globally reported medical device product failures prompted the introduction of refined ISO 13485 quality requirements. At ICS, our ISO 13485 consultants can guide your business in achieving compliance with these new expectations.

Aiming for a harmonised approach across all major regional regulators, the new ISO 13485 digresses from previous ISO 9001 structures. ISO 13485 has greater alignment with international medical device regulations, while also incorporating some pharmaceutical industry Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements.

This standard allows your business to align more closely with regulators’ expectations. There is a strong focus on increasing product safety and quality, and proactive measures being put in place to minimise potential risks. In addition to this, when in compliance with ISO 13485 your product should adequately satisfy US FDA requirements.

The process needed to transition to ISO 13485 will vary depending on your business’ specific circumstances. If you already have quality medical systems in place, conducting a gap analysis can help assess your organisations’ level of compliance with ISO 13485. This will assist your business in identifying opportunities to improve your QMS and product files, helping you meet new certification requirements.

To find out more, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced team today.

AS 9100 – Aerospace

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AS 9100 is quality standard for those operating in the aviation, space and defence industries. This system allows your business to truly maximise the safety and reliability of the products and services that you provide. Having gained AS 9100 certification, you will also satisfy International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) requirements and be in compliance with ISO 9001 standards.

To achieve certification, your business will need to conduct an AS 9100 gap analysis. At ICS our experienced consultants can assist you in doing this, identifying distinct areas where improvement is needed for your business to meet standard requirements. Success will be measured in relation to customer focus, leadership engagement of people, process approach, evidence-based decision-making and relationship management.

There are a number of potential benefits attainable through AS 9100 certification. These include greater international growth and sales, a reduction in time costs, improved risk management, increased market opportunities and an enhanced brand reputation. In addition to this regular assessment will guide the continued improvement of systems, with processes being managed proactively to achieve greater outcomes.

Get in contact with our professional team today to find out more or organise your cost-free AS 9100 consultation.

IATF 16949 (Formerly TS 16949) – Automotive

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Those involved in the manufacturing of cars, trucks (light, medium or heavy), buses and motorcycles have the opportunity to gain IATF 16949 certification. This standard covers the processes of manufacturing production materials, production or service parts, assemblies and finishing services such as heat-treating.

IATF 16949 certification involves measuring the success of a business’ different organisational components and identifying opportunities for improvement. At ICS our experienced consultants can assess your current management system and provide valuable guidance in achieving greater compliance with IATF 16949 standards.

There are a number of objectives that are central in meeting the IATF 16949 standard requirements. Businesses should aspire towards continual improvement, defect prevention, waste reduction and the satisfaction of customer-specific demands. Once having achieved compliance with this internationally recognised standard, businesses are able to maximise the reliability and quality of their products and services.

If you are interested in improving your current management system, please do not hesitate to get in contact with one of our experienced consultants today.

ISO 17025 NATA – Laboratories

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For any business with a testing or calibration laboratory, accreditation with ISO 17025 NATA is crucial. This compliance standard is paramount in ensuring that your laboratory is meeting general requirements, operating in accordance with industry expectations and producing accurate test data.

When aspiring to achieve compliance with ISO 17025 NATA, it is essential to assess your current gaps in performance and opportunities for improvement. Integrated Compliance Solutions can assist you in doing just this, helping to ease the certification process and providing you with expert guidance.

Gaining ISO 17025 NATA certification may prove to be highly beneficial to both your organisation and stakeholders. When your business successfully achieves accreditation you have the opportunity to reduce waste, increase the accuracy of data, prevent defects, boost customer confidence and lower costs through the adoption of sustainable strategies.

An experienced ISO 17025 consultant can assist your organisation in gaining an enhanced understanding of your business environment and unique stakeholder expectations. They can also guide you in planning and implementing an improved management system, monitoring the success of strategies and working to continuously refine approaches.

Interested in receiving a cost-free consultation with an ISO 17025 expert? Get in contact with our experienced team at ICS today.

ISO 27001 – Information Security

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Information security is essential for organisations, especially those acting as suppliers to government and large corporates. As such, compliance with the ISO 27001 standard is becoming an increasingly common requirement in many industries. This framework deals specifically with Information Security Management.

At ICS our experienced team can help to assess your current conformance with ISO 27001, providing valuable guidance that will assist you in achieving certification. We understand that the proactive management and continuous improvement of your information security is key, and we can support your business through this process.

With organisations now storing large quantities of information online, it is crucial to ensure that data loss and theft risks are effectively managed. In doing this your business can address any threats before they develop further, while also enhancing best practice.

ISO 27001 accreditation can help you to enhance your understanding of the current business environment, form practical plans for your security controls, measure your security efforts and review your resulting position. As such, compliance with this standard can enhance the effectiveness your security strategies.

For more information, or to organise a cost-free consultation with an industry professional, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced team today.

ISO 55001 – Asset Management

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ISO 55001 is the internationally recognised asset management standard that, when satisfied, can result in certification. Achieving compliance involves identifying gaps in your asset management system and effectively addressing these to improve current systems.

ISO 55001 certification can boost your organisations’ best practice capabilities, while also giving you the peace of mind that you are meeting legislative requirements. ISO 55001 accreditation also ensures that your business is implementing a reliable, easily maintainable framework and sustainable approach to asset management.

The ISO 55001 management system is particularly beneficial for organisations that rely heavily on physical assets for business operations. If you are in an industry that involves rail/road or deals with a large amount of plant and equipment, then it is definitely worth considering ISO 55001 accreditation.

The effective and efficient management of assets is a key component in successfully achieving organisational objectives. ISO 55001 certification can help your business align goals and activities business wide, improve asset services and develop a high-level statement of intent.

For professional assistance and advice regarding ISO 55001 standards, get in contact with our experienced team of consultants today.

Environment

ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems

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ISO 14001 certification can be easily integrated with other ISO standards, allowing for your business to seamlessly implement various management systems simultaneously. This internationally recognised Environmental Management System guides organisations in minimising risk, boosting efficiency and reducing costs associated with your environmental footprint organisation wide.

ISO 14001 certification assures organisations that their business activities are in compliance with environmental legislation. These standards also allow organisations to address increasing government and stakeholder sustainability concerns, providing long-term solutions that will reduce their business’ impact without significantly hindering profitability.

ISO 14001 accreditation can leverage your business by giving customers confidence that you are meeting legal and regulatory compliance obligations. This Environmental Management System promotes the proactive identification of risks, encouraging organisations to take preventative action and address issues prior to them causing harm to the environment.

If you are currently implementing an Environmental Management System, it can be refined and updated to meet ISO 14001 compliance standards. For more information, or step-by-step assistance in auditing and updating your current practices, please do not hesitate to contact our professional team today.

AS 5377 –  E-Waste

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Published in 2013, the e-waste standard guides organisations that collect, store, transport and treat electronic waste in Australia and New Zealand. Those who achieve AS 5377 certification are satisfying the minimum requirements of legislation and safe e-waste handling, while also supporting environmentally friendly processes.

E-waste can be categorised into a number of key varieties. These include large and small household appliances, information technology and telecommunications, telecommunication carrier and commercial equipment and electrical tools.

The purpose of the e-waste standard is to maximise re-use and lower a companies’ contribution to landfill. In addition to this there is a particular focus on protecting the health and safety of all workers in the supply chain when handling waste, as well as preserving the environment. The AS 5377 standard outlines the correct signage that is required during e-waste processes to minimise risk, and specifies the methodology required to calculate and track waste.

Certification assists businesses in being proactive and operating at the frontier of e-waste management. The AS 5377 standard assures stakeholders that you are meeting regulatory requirements, while also helping your business boost the efficiency and long-term sustainability of practices.

Want to find out more about the AS 5377 standard? At ICS, we can help. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with our experienced consultants today.

EcoLabelling

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Ecolabelling is an internationally recognised form of environmental performance certification. An eco label is used to indicate that a product or service has been produced sustainably and that appropriate measures have been taken throughout its’ entire life cycle to minimise environmental impact.

Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned with whether the brands they support are acting in an environmentally friendly manner. Ecolabelling provides individuals with the grounds to make a considered choice that is in line with their own preferences and ethics. An eco label is a genuine, credible and reliable indication that a brand is operating at the forefront of environmental sustainability.

Ecolabelling is recognised on a global scale and conveys that your brand is using environmentally safe processes during all practices. This standard can be applied across industries, allowing for those in a diverse range of fields to gain certification and achieving consistency throughout the marketplace.

Ecolabelling has already contributed positively to the current business environment, encouraging many organisations to consider how they can improve the sustainability of their processes and minimise their direct impact on the environment.

GECA certification is an example of an ecolabel. It provides consumers with a reliable indication of whether products have been produced using environmentally friendly practices, so that they can make informed purchase decisions.

To find out more about how your business can gain certification and start using ecolabelling, contact our team of professionals today.

Health and Safety

ISO 45001 – The New Standard in Safety

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Published in March 2018, ISO 45001 is now the internationally recognised standard for occupational health and safety. To gain certification, organisations are required to implement procedures that will help reduce the risk of injury or illness in the workplace. ISO 45001 will be replacing OHSAS 18001 and, as such, those who previously satisfied this guideline will need to review their compliance.

If your business is planning to transition from OHSAS 18001, you will have three years from the publication of ISO 45001 to do so- that is until 1 March 2021. This transition involves completing an audit of all processes and, from this, identifying areas that will need to be improved to meet new ISO 45001 requirements.

Transitioning from AS 4801 is currently not mandatory, however, it is still worth considering the benefits ISO 45001 certification may offer your business.

ISO 45001 standards encourage greater management commitment, highlighting the active and participatory role management have in leading members of an organisation towards improved OH&S. Worker involvement is also viewed as particularly important, promoting the shared responsibility of all those within a business to minimise risks.

ISO 45001 incorporates the need to proactively identify and address potential causes of injury in the workplace. Certification provides credible evidence that your business is operating at the frontier of current workplace safety measures, while also ensuring that all operations are in compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.

Food Safety Management Systems

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At ICS, our experienced auditors can assist your business in analysing your current Food Safety management system against compliance standards. We can provide valuable guidance and insights to improve your current procedures, identify critical control points to ensure that potential hazards are addressed accordingly. This process is referred to as a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system, which is an internationally recognised risk management tool.

A key component of your HACCP and Food Safety management system is the training of staff. It is essential that the knowledge and skills they acquire are in compliance with relevant legislative and regulatory food safety requirements. Those who adopt the HACCP system also act proactively to detect potential issues, allowing for them to address these concerns before they become particularly harmful.

Food Safety management system certification assures customers that your product is in compliance with globally recognised standards. Once having achieved certification, your management system needs to be continually monitored to ensure that compliance is maintained and any possible improvements are identified.

Food safety standards include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • HACCP: Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a management tool used to reduce risks across an organisations’ operations. This internationally recognised system targets the physical, chemical and biological hazards that occur during the production of food and beverages. HACCP systems can be integrated by various businesses in the food sector such as growers, manufacturers, retail, packaging and distribution. The use of this risk assessment tool is often a legislative requirement for those involved in international food trade.
  • ISO 22000: The ISO 22000 food safety management system comprises components from both ISO 9001 and HACCP. As such, this standard has a strong focus on quality management and reducing risks in the workplace. Typically, those who gain ISO 22000 certification are involved in the production, processing, transport or distribution of food related products. ISO 22000 is an internationally recognised standard and, therefore, compliance is particularly desirable to those in the food sector who trade internationally.
  • SQF: Safe and Quality Food (SQF) is an internationally recognised standard applicable to those operating in the food sector. This management system requires that organisations satisfy two distinct levels; HACCP Food Safety and HACCP Food Safety & Quality. Compliance with SQF helps to boost regulatory compliance, while also reducing risks in the workplace and ensuring quality requirements are satisfied. There is an emphasis on the essential need for management commitment towards improving food safety if change is to be achieved organisation wide.
  •  BRC: The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a trade organisation based in the United Kingdom that represents retailers and their interests. BRC is an internationally recognised standard that guides safe conduct, with a strong focus on Quality Management Systems (QMS), Good Manufacturing Practices and HACCP. BRC Global Standards are available to a diverse range of organisations including those involved in food safety, consumer products, packaging, storage and distribution.

For more information, or to organise a cost-free consultation with an industry professional, please do not hesitate to contact us.

NSQHS – National Safety and Quality Health Service 

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NSQHS certification is particularly relevant to the health care sector where clinical governance is a key issue. The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard is a comprehensive framework with a distinct focus on improving quality, training, monitoring, performance management and minimising risk.

NSQHS standards recognise the significant role of clearly defined business relationships and responsibilities in delivering safe and reliable health care. This management system ensures that clinical governance is established and complied with by leaders at all organisational levels. NSQHS standards also highlight the importance of safety and quality driven systems, having a qualified workforce, adequate supervision and a suitable health care environment.

There are eight NSQHS standards that your business must comply with if you wish to achieve certification. At ICS, our NSQHS consultancy professionals can assist you in satisfying each of these requirements and provide the expert guidance you need to gain accreditation. Compliance can help your business provide exceptional health care services to patients and boost best practice capabilities.

To find out more about how your business could achieve compliance, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our experienced NSQHS standards certification consultants today.

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