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
Since the signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in Canberra on 17 June 2015, Australian and Chinese companies have begun to look to each other as potential trade partners. The agreement takes effect from 1 January 2016.
This should be a boost for the Australian economy, as China is our biggest trading partner. The agreement opens the way for Australian businesses to expand into overseas export. This is especially significant for industries such as agriculture which have been disadvantaged because they have had to compete for trade against nations who have had a Foreign Trader Agreement in place.
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
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
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
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
In Part 1 we talked about how to identify rogue suppliers of ISO systems- and the too-quick-to-be good-providers. In this July edition, Parts 2 and 3 explore the dangers of template systems and how to identify dodgy certificates from (particularly overseas) suppliers and what to do about them. As described above, we at ICS are
Obtaining ISO certification from a JAS-ANZ registered certification body tells your customers and the community that you have been assessed by a reputable independent body as meeting an internationally recognised standard of excellence. Ultimately, it is this reputation that can allow you to gain a significant competitive advantage in your market through achieving certification.
Your first thoughts about commencing the ISO certification process may be that it is very difficult and daunting and of dubious value to your business (except to win the tender/ get the certificate of course). While this can often be the case if the process is poorly planned and understood there is no reason why
Congratulations ! If you have gained your ISO certification, you have reached an internationally recognised standard of excellence- no mean feat. However, are you really getting the full marketing potential out of all your investment and hard work? You have the edge over un-certified businesses, so the promotion of your certification status should be a