An ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) is the way your organisation directs and controls those activities that are related (either directly or indirectly) to achieving its intended results.
Broadly, it consists of your organisation’s structure together with the planning, processes, resources and documented information that you use to achieve your quality objectives.
Such as for meeting your customers’ and relevant interested parties’ requirements, to improve your quality management system, or to improve your products and services.
The requirements of ISO 9001 are generic and are intended to be applicable to any organisation, regardless of its type or size, or the products and services it provides.
ISO 9001 specifies the basic requirements for a quality management system (QMS) that an organisation must fulfil to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products (which include services) that enhance customer satisfaction and meet applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
ISO 45001:2018 is an International Standard that specifies requirements for an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System, with guidance for its use, to enable an organisation to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health. ISO 45001 is intended to be applicable to any organisation regardless of its size, type and nature. All of its requirements are intended to be integrated into an organisation’s own management processes. ISO 45001 enables an organisation, through its OH&S management system, to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness/ wellbeing; however, it should be noted that an organisation can be required by applicable legal requirements to also address such issues.
ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements for an Environmental Management System that an organisation can use to enhance its environmental performance. ISO 14001:2015 is intended for use by an organisation seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.
ISO 14001:2015 helps an organisation achieve the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which provide value for the environment, the organisation itself and interested parties. Consistent with the organisation’s environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include enhancement of environmental performance, fulfilment of compliance obligations and achievement of environmental objectives.
Benefits of an ISO Certificate for my business:
Why have an ISO Certificate?
The adoption of a Management System is a strategic decision that helps an organization to improve its overall performance and to provide a sound basis for its sustainable development initiatives. Many organizations implement a formal management system, whether it be for Quality, Health and Safety or Environmental after finding that their customers (in both the private and public sectors) want assurance that the products and services they are looking to purchase or obtain will meet their requirements. Those customers are looking for the confidence that can be provided by an organization offering products and services produced under an effective and safe management system, such as one conforming to ISO 9001 or ISO 45001. A quality management system, on its own, will not necessarily lead to an improvement of work processes or to improvements of your products and services. It will not solve all your problems. It is a means for you to take a more systematic approach to fulfilling your organization’s objectives, which in turn should achieve such improvements. ISO 9001 contains requirements for improvement. You can use this approach to ensure that worthwhile and cost-effective improvements are being achieved.
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