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Frequently asked questions
ISO is an abbreviation for International Standards Organisation, an non-governmental organisation which represents each member state around the world British Standards (BS) being one such member state. This is not an EU organisation it is worldwide.
A management system is the way in which an organisation manages the inter-related parts of its business in order to achieve its objectives. These objectives can relate to a number of different topics, including product or service quality, operational efficiency, environmental performance, health and safety in the workplace and many more.
The level of complexity of the system will depend on each organisation’s specific context. For some organisations, especially smaller ones, it may simply mean having strong leadership from the business owner, providing a clear definition of what is expected from each individual employee and how they contribute to the organisation’s overall objectives, without the need for extensive documentation. More complex businesses operating, for example, in highly regulated sectors, may need extensive documentation and controls in order to fulfill their compliance obligations and meet their organisational objectives.
Certification to management system standards is not a requirement. You can benefit from implementing these standards without being certified to them.
However, if you are looking to get certified to one or more management system standards, then we can help you to find a certification body.
We are not a certification company.
If you are wondering which Certification Body to use to achieve your ISO Certificate you may be wondering about UKAS accreditation. Certification bodies do not have to be accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) but beware ISO certification through a non-UKAS accredited company may mean that your organisation risks missing out on important contracts and business opportunities. Some clients may simply not recognise your ISO certification or could require you to go through additional steps during the tender process. Which negates one of the most important benefits of certification. UKAS is also internationally recognised.
UKAS ensure that certification bodies meet the ISO 17021 standard for conformity assessment. Achieving UKAS accreditation is a long and arduous process for certification bodies. They undergo thorough head office reviews that delve into management, policies and procedures, alongside a test of competence.
Management systems can lead to increased efficiency and effectiveness, cost reductions and increased performance together with employee and customer satisfaction, and continuous improvement.
A systematic approach to compliance will lead to being better equipped to meet legal and regulatory requirements clear communication, effective processes for identifying hazards
By fostering a health and safety culture within the workplace, employers can expect an increase in productivity and a reduced cost of insurance premiums. Furthermore, this can better their reputation and advance a positive staff morale overall.
An environmental management system can result in cost savings in waste, recycling and consumption