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 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 were found to be bugging the German Chancellor”, commented Bob McKibbin