Category ISO Standards

Update on ISO 17025

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories moves to FDIS version. ISO/IEC 17025:2005 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories published jointly by ISO and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing […]

ISO 45001 Update August 2017

As the development of ISO 45001 progresses ISO/DIS 45001.2 was published in May 2017. It was subject to a ballot of 69 national standards bodies (NSBs) of whom 88% approved and only 11% disapproved. Because this was short of the 25% threshold required for rejection of the text the standard can now move towards the […]

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 […]