Category ISO Standards

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 […]

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 […]

Food Safety from Farm to Fork?

Over the past few decades there have been many a controversy in the food and beverage industry. These breaches have ranged from tainted dairy products to contaminated beef. These high profile cases of food fraud have dented consumer confidence and made the general public question the journey their food takes from farm to fork. Food […]

ISO 9004 is Getting a Facelift

ISO 9004 is the forthcoming standard for managing the sustained success of an organisation.  It is to be used as a tool to extend the benefits of ISO 9001:2015, by ensuring organisations can consistently meet the relevant needs and expectations of their interested parties, in a balanced way, over the long term.  Relevant interested parties […]

Health & Safety in the Construction Sector

Construction is one of the most highly regulated industries and health and safety is of paramount importance due to the nature and severity of the risks involved of the field. The construction sector has about four times the average rate of fatal accidents. Each year, the sector sees approximately 3% of its workers sustain a […]

ISO 50001 Set for a Revision

The International Energy Management System (EnMS) Standard ‘ISO 50001’ recently celebrated its 5th anniversary in June 2016. According to ISO, by the end of 2014, 6,778 organisations achieved certification to the standard, with many others implementing the standard without getting certified. As with all ISO management system standards, ISO 50001 must be reviewed every five […]

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 […]