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UKAS Appointed as National Accreditation Body for the UK

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

UKAS

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has been formally appointed as the National Accreditation Body for the United Kingdom, under a new EU Regulation. Continue reading “UKAS Appointed as National Accreditation Body for the UK” »

New edition of ISO 9004 maps out the path forward to “sustained success”

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

ISO
The just-published new edition of ISO 9004 provides organizations with a model for “sustained success” Continue reading “New edition of ISO 9004 maps out the path forward to “sustained success”” »

Certification helps SMEs to survive recession

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

NQA
Small businesses with certification against management systems standards are better placed to survive the recession, according to research from certification body NQA. Continue reading “Certification helps SMEs to survive recession” »

ISO9004:2009

Monday, October 5th, 2009

ISO technical committee TC176 is developing a new release of ISO9004 – “Managing for the sustained success of an organization — A quality management approach”. Continue reading “ISO9004:2009” »

New edition of ISO/TS 16949 quality specification for automotive industry supply chain

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

ISO
ISO has just published a new edition of ISO/TS 16949:2009, which specifies quality system requirements for suppliers in the automotive sector.

ISO/TS 16949:2009 replaces the 2002 edition which has been used by the major automotive manufacturers to approve more than 35,000 organisations worldwide that produce and supply parts for the sector. Continue reading “New edition of ISO/TS 16949 quality specification for automotive industry supply chain” »

The value of UKAS accredited certification

Friday, May 15th, 2009

UKAS

In these economic conditions, certification is recognised as being a differentiator as well as demonstrating regulatory compliance. An increasing number of both public and private sector organisations are specifying certification by a UKAS accredited body in many of their contracts. In addition, a growing number of regulators are rewarding businesses with accredited certification through regulatory relief. Continue reading “The value of UKAS accredited certification” »

Fake Certificates

Friday, December 12th, 2008

UKAS

It has recently come to UKAS’ attention that a number of organisations are creating and issuing fake UKAS certificates. These certificates come in the form of forged accreditation certificates or, often, certificates for either QMS or EMS certification bearing the UKAS accreditation symbol. Continue reading “Fake Certificates” »

ISO and IAF announce schedule for implementation of accredited certification to ISO 9001:2008

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

ISO

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the IAF (International Accreditation Forum) have agreed on an implementation plan to ensure a smooth transition of accredited certification to ISO 9001:2008, the latest version of the world’s most widely used standard for quality management systems (QMS). The details of the plan are given in the joint communiqué by the two organizations as follows. Continue reading “ISO and IAF announce schedule for implementation of accredited certification to ISO 9001:2008” »

Publication of new edition of ISO 9001 expected in October-November 2008

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

ISO

A new edition of ISO 9001, the world’s most widely used quality management system standard, is being submitted for voting as a Final Draft International Standard and, subject to formal approval by the ISO membership, the publication of the revised version should be in the October-November 2008 time frame. Continue reading “Publication of new edition of ISO 9001 expected in October-November 2008” »

Happy 20th Birthday ISO 9001!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

BSI

BSI press release 17 October 2007.

ISO 9001, the international standard for Quality Management, is 20 years old this year and it’s hard to imagine a world without it. With more than 800,000 ISO 9001 certifications worldwide, and many more organizations using it internally, this is one of the best known international standards and the one that took quality management from the production line to the boardroom. Continue reading “Happy 20th Birthday ISO 9001!” »

What would make the perfect certification body audit?

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

IRCA – International Register of Certified Auditors

‘What would make the perfect certification body audit?’ is a question that is being pondered by the great, the good, and even some of the ugly within the conformity assessment industry. But whose opinion really counts? Surely that of the end user of certification. So, when we at IRCA wanted an answer to this question during the development of a new auditor certification product we went to the end users, and this news item contains a summary of the outputs. Continue reading “What would make the perfect certification body audit?” »

Managers need to show support

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Chartered Quality Institute

In a recent survey the CQI (Chartered Quality Institute, previously the IQA; Institute of Quality Assurance) found that managers do not always support quality improvement programmes. When asked, ‘what do you think would improve the effectiveness of your employees participating in improvement activities?, most answered ‘a commitment from top management’. Continue reading “Managers need to show support” »