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ISO Survey 2019

ISO Survey 2019 ISO Survey 2019 has recently been published. The ISO Survey of Certifications is an annual assessment to determine the number of valid certificates to ISO management system standards worldwide, issued by IAF-accredited certification bodies. The most up-to-date ISO Survey covers the 2019 calendar year. This blog will assess the global trends in …

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IUMSS Handbook: Guidance on Integrated Management System Standards

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) published the Integrated Use of Management System Standards (IUMSS) Handbook in November 2018. First published in 2008, this second edition brings together best-practice guidance and case studies on the implementation of integrating management system standards. The Handbook has been updated to reflect the many changes in management system standards …

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The History of ISO Standards

International standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. These standards are instrumental in facilitating international trade.  Since the International Standards Organisation (ISO) was established in 1946, it has published 21,000 international standards covering almost every industry from technology and manufacturing, to food safety …

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ISO 13485: Medical Devices – Quality Management Systems

ISO 13485: Medical devices – quality management systems was published in March 2016. This third edition cancels and replaces the second edition (ISO 13485:2003), which has been technically revised. Rather controversially, ISO 13485:2016 has not been revised in line with the high level structure, HLS, adopted by ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and 30 other management …

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Benefits of Certification

International Standards are strategic tools that can address many of the problems faced by companies in our globalised world. Certification to ISO standards can positively impact a company’s bottom line, improving the efficiency of company operations. They allow access to more customers and additional markets, while also improving customer satisfaction and reducing environmental impact. Cost …

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Life-Cycle-Perspective According to ISO 14001 – the Advantages and Requirements of taking a Holistic View

From August 2017, all new certifications must comply with the ISO 14001:2015 standard, and from September 2018, all certificates according to the old standard ISO 14001:2004 lose their validity. The revised environmental management standard requires businesses to undertake a life cycle perspective of their goods and services. This implies looking beyond one’s own processes and …

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Revision of ISO 22000 is Well Underway

Preventing, reducing or eliminating food safety hazards is essential to maintaining a hygienic environment throughout the food chain; this gave way to ISO 22000 the international standard for food safety. The current version came into force in 2005 and therefore it needs modification to bring it up to date with today’s new food requirements. The …

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