Certification

The benefits of an effective certified management system for Companies can include:
more efficient use of resources
increased competitiveness
increased customer satisfaction as services and products consistently deliver what they promise
Reduced exposure of employees and other parties to occupational health and safety risks , and
Reduced impact on the environment
Some schemes and/or standards do not have accredited certification, however where SCS certify relevant activities, our internal process controls will safeguard impartiality and ensure the same level of service integrity.

Process

Standards

National standards bodies work with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop management systems standards documents and associated guidance. With the growth in stakeholder requirements now placed on organisations and the associated growth of standards, many organizations now seek to integrate or combine the range of aspects they must address into a single business management system.
ISO9001 is the International Standard for Quality Management Systems. All the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 are generic and are intended to be applicable to any organization, regardless of its type or size, or the products and services it provides.

As reported in the Chartered Quality Institute’s Whitepaper in 2015, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) conducts annual surveys that are designed to provide an insight into the worldwide adoption of ISO’s management system standards. The then latest edition of the survey (2013) revealed a healthy growth across the board for all management system standards as at the end of 2012, with a total of 1.5 million certifications globally. Of these, 1.1 million were against the previous Quality Standard, ISO 9001:2008, exceeding the total issued against all other ISO management system standards combined by a factor of 3 to 1.

Key to the successful implementation of a Management System to the ISO9001 Standard is the adoption of the process approach. The purpose of the process approach is to enhance an organization’s effectiveness and efficiency in achieving its defined objectives, including enhancing customer satisfaction by meeting customer requirements.

To find out more about the standard, you can get it here.
ISO14001 is the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems, and is applicable to any organization, regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services that the organization determines it can either control or influence considering a life cycle perspective.

ISO14001 sets out the requirements for an environmental management system and helps organizations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders. The standard requires that an organization considers all environmental issues relevant to its operations, such as air pollution, water and sewage issues, waste management, soil contamination, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and resource use and efficiency. Like all ISO management system standards, ISO14001 includes the need for continual improvement of an organisation’s systems and approach to environmental concerns. The 2015 version of the standard includes key improvements such as the increased prominence of environmental management within the organization’s strategic planning processes, greater input from leadership and a stronger commitment to proactive initiatives that boost environmental performance.

To find out more about the standard, you can get it here.
ISO 45001 is the International Standard for Health and Safety Management Systems. Developing and implementing an OH&S management framework based on the ISO 45001 standard demonstrates to internal and external interested parties (e.g. workers, regulators, customers, investors, insurers) that the organization manages its risks and performance in a very effective and efficient manner.

An ISO 45001 management system provides a framework to establish OH&S management policies, objectives, processes and governance, and facilitates an organization's achievement of its strategic goals. It applies to organizations and enterprises of all types and sizes, and accommodates various geographical, cultural and social conditions.

To find out more about the standard, you can get it here.
ISO 44001 is the recognised International Standard Collaborative business relationships. It is applicable to private and public organizations of all sizes, from large multinational corporations and government organizations, to non-profit organizations and micro/small businesses.

The application of ISO 44001 provides the potential to establish sustainable relationships wherever there is a strategic imperative for multiple organisations to work together. The interfaces between organisations are an area which can introduce significant opportunity and risk to private or public sector operations over a spectrum of engagements.

To find out more about the standard, you can get it here.

Integrated Management Systems

Integrated Management Systems have developed to help organisations achieve benefits from integrating the common requirements of two or more management system standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.
Benefits of an integrated management system approach can include:
Improved business focus and on cross-departmental collaboration
A more holistic approach to managing business and management system risks
Less conflict between systems
Reduced duplication and bureaucracy
More effective and efficient audits both internally and externally
Reduced internal and external costs
Product or Service innovation and development
The reality is that the various management system standards all have many apparently common requirements, terms and definitions that are subtly or substantially different which has caused confusion and inconsistent understanding and implementation. Annex SL has been produced and incorporated into new versions of recent Standards, such as 9001:2015 & 14001:2015, with the objective of delivering consistent and compatible management system standards. Annex SL describes the framework for a generic management system. However, it requires the addition of discipline-specific requirements to make a fully functional quality, environmental, service management, food safety, business continuity, information security and energy management system standards.

Combined or Integrated Audits

If organisations have more than one management system, audits can be scheduled concurrently to minimize disruption to auditee organisations.

A combined management system varies from an Integrated Management System, which shares single system documentation, management system elements, and responsibilities. A combined system typically exists where separate management systems have been added over time for a set of audit criteria/standard.

As auditors for Certification Bodies can be competent to audit more than one standard and as such, organisations may benefit from reduced audit time and/or a more holistic approach to business management systems auditing.

Supply Chain

Often certification of supply chain members to various standards may be used as criteria for supplier approval, however this can be supplemented by second party audits where specific organisational or process specific requirements are targeted within the supplier and wider supply chain.

Second Party Audits are an effective means of strengthening an organisation’s supply chain by evaluating new or existing suppliers’ capacity and/or capability to meet or exceed customer’s requirements.

SCS can be contracted to manage second party audit programmes as part of a vetting process or as part of the evaluation of any new critical supplier partners or when the performance of an existing supplier falls below the service level agreed. This outsourced function enables organisations to focus on value added activities pertaining to their core processes.
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