ISO News

Brexit and the impact on CE marking

Yes it happened on the 1st January 2021 and the changes in the UK trade relationship with the EU has impacted standards, technical rules and conformity assessment in the UK and further afield.

For many products, entering the market in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) will mean complying with regulations that require the UKCA marking (UK Conformity Assessed). This marking can be used now but will be mandatory in most cases from 2022 and will require appropriate conformity assessment.

Manufacturers may continue, as now, to use British Standards to show conformity. Since 1 January 2021, standards have been designated for this purpose by UK government, as well as being cited by the European Commission for conformity in the EU and in Northern Ireland.

UK exporters who may be considering entering new markets, perhaps under conditions covered by new trade agreements, will need to meet the requirements of those target markets.

Most of our customers that are involved in CE marking are Steel fabricators and will now need to be moving over to the UKCA marking regime. There is a grace period to 1st January 2022. Your Certification House will be in contact to make arrangements to change the Logos etc.
Northern Ireland is subject to its own mark as it remains in an EU trading area.

If you are a Structural Steel Fabricator and haven’t got your BS EN 1090 certification please contact us and we can help you quickly get it installed so you become legalised to create and install Structural steel products into buildings. It’s cheaper than a heavy fine and or imprisonment!

ISO Standards continue to evolve

Following the decision to adopt a common structure across the range of ISO standards the core standards of 9001 and 14001 are to be revised with effect from 2015, which means that companies will need to transition to the new standard over a three year period starting from September 2015 (exact date to be confirmed). In the long run this change will faciltate an easing of administration for companies as systems will be simplified.

The primary change is the move towards managing risk across all aspects of the business including forward business planning, thus covering the full scope of business activities.

Government increasingly using the Private Sector to solve budget constraint issues – ISO Certification opens the door to these opportunities.

With Central and Local Government seeking to slim down costs and improve on the efficiency of service delivery, opportunities are opening up for private sector companies to gain work.  However in most cases and, in our opinion rightly so, there is a requirement for those companies to have certain minimum standards in place namely, a Quality Management System. This is where ISO 9001 management system comes into its own as the number one standard in its field.  Companies of all sizes are turning to us to help them achieve ISO 9001 certification.  Most are also looking to obtain ISO 14001 certification as well, recognising the growing importance of having clear Environmental policies.

 

Information Security Breaches

Over the recent months we have seen unprecedented breaches in protection of peoples personal data by many government agencies at a time when the fastest-growing area of criminal activity is cloning individuals personal identity. There is a crying need in all walks of life for us to be more vigilant in the protection of information. “This is where ISO 27001 the information standard comes very much to the fore particularly since CIA was found to be bugging the German Chancellor”, commented Bob McKibbin

How Prepared Is Your Business for ISO?