STANDARDS - QUALITY EYE CONSULTANCY SERVICES
ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN INDUSTRY STANDARDS
ISO 9000 series started in military contract management and focuses on the management of processes (to satisfy needs/ expectations – Customers).
ISO 9001 is an Internationally recognised standard for Quality Management; designed to apply to virtually any products/ service (building on basis of previous BS 5750 principles).
ISO 9001 offers a framework for building in Total Quality Management (TQM) principles; and a base on which controlled (Continual) improvements can be made. The essential philosophy of TQM is Continual improvement within all aspects and processes of the business.
The standard having undergone significant change (as part of ISO Annex SL overhaul) promotes the application of a more integrated ‘Process Approach’ (i.e. the identification and management of numerous linked activities), and the Continual Improvement principles throughout.
This can often help organisations understand, meet and exceed customer requirements, and can help in creating a unified Strategy and Vision, taking into account other business risk considerations within it’s context.
This logic may easily be applied to both manufacturing and service-based organisations, within which QECS has experience in.
ISO 9001 builds on this principle, and outlines a model/ structure for a ‘Process-based’ Quality Management System, illustrated by QECS as:
ISO 14001 is an Internationally recognised standard for Environmental Management; designed to apply to virtually any organisation (to accommodate diverse geographical, cultural and social conditions).accommodate diverse geographical, cultural and social conditions).
The overall aim of the standard is to support environmental protection and prevention of pollution in balance with socio-economic needs.
Organisations are increasingly concerned with achieving and demonstrating improved environmental performance by controlling the impacts of their activities, products and/ or services on the environment (often linked with Energy saving initiatives, and in some cases ISO 50001).
There is increasingly stringent legislation, and increased concerns expressed by interested parties, about environmental matters and sustainable development. ISO 14001 outlines Environmental Management System requirements to enable organisations to develop and implement a Policy and Objectives, which take into account such Legal requirements, and information about Significant Environmental Aspects.
It has also been significantly re-aligned (as part of ISO Annex SL overhaul), structured in line with ISO 9001, to enable organisations to develop a more integrated approach to business processes/ Management Systems, making implementation more compatible. The standard itself is based on the ‘Plan-Do-Check- Act’ methodology, and (like ISO 9001), is focussed on Continual Improvement.
ISO 22000 is an International standard for Food Safety Management; designed to apply to any organisation involved within the Food Supply Chain (ensuring ‘safe’ food-based products).
Different countries, regions, markets, industries and even retailers have developed their own standards and requirements for ‘Food Safety’; however, these standards have not always addressed some of the key issues, such as traceability, or lack of interactive communication across the supply chain.
The overall aim of the standard is to implement one universal food safety standard applicable to any food manufacturer/ handlers, integrating with existing food quality and safety management systems; and providing a solid base for customer confidence – a must in today’s society.
ISO 22000 brings together principles of managing risk, through Food Safety Risk Assessment programmes (incl. HACCP – Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points). Additionally, in line with the other ISO series of standards, it also deals with organisations’ capability in meeting/ exceeding applicable Legislative/ Regulatory requirements; and ensuring Plans are in place for dealing with emergency situations.
Like the other standards, this too is based around principles of ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’, and focuses on Continual Improvement throughout.
Like the other standards, this too is based around principles of ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’, and focuses on Continual Improvement throughout.”
Principal Consultant (Blair Matthew) has also completed recent FSSC 22000 LRQA Lead Auditing Course – recognised by IRCA, CQI, FSA; expanding on the principles of ISO 22000
ISO 45001 is the International recognised standard for the management of Occupational Health & Safety developed by BSI in response to demand for a recognised framework/ standard for H&S Management Systems; effectively building on the HSE’s guide (HSG65) for “Successful H&S Management”
The standard has been developed to be compatible with the other ISO standards (namely ISO 9001, and ISO 14001), in order to facilitate the full integration of Quality, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems. This is being transformed further (linked to ISO Annex SL) with it’s restructuring within common framework of ISO 45001.
It has been designed to help organisations (of any kind/ size/ complexity):
- Eliminate, or minimise risks/ accidents (to employees/ other interested parties);
- Implement, maintain and continually improve Management systems;
- Provide assurance of conformance with stated OH&S Policy;
- Demonstrate conformance to others;
- Seek certification by approved external organisations; and/ or,
- Make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with OHSAS requirements/ Best practice.
The standard has been structured in order to aid organisations in developing an integrated approach to business processes, making implementation more compatible. The standard itself is based on the ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ methodology, and (like ISO 9001/ 14001), is focussed on Continual Improvement.