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Monday, 28 November 2011

ISO 14001 Factsheet

What is ISO14001?

An Environmental Management system for improving environmental performance. A set of common sense guidelines to help your organisation become 'green'.

What are the benefits of ISO 14001 Registration?

Internationally recognised environmental mark. Certificates awarded by independent accredited organisations. Customers do not have to do their own checks on a supplier. Proves environmental credentials to potential customers.

How many ISO 14001 Certificates have been issued?

Around a quarter of million worldwide.

The Model for ISO14001

What is covered by ISO14001?

BS EN ISO 14001:2004 requires 6 main sections to be addressed, these are:

  1. Environmental Management System;
  2. Environmental Policy;
  3. Planning;
  4. Implementation and Operation
  5. Checking
  6. Management Review.

Each section is subdivided as required and covers all elements of the business having an impact on the environment.

How long does it take to obtain certification?

This obviously varies from organisation to organisation, but the prime requirement is that the Organisation must have three months of 'track record' from completion of the document set.

As rough guide 14001 can be achieved in about 8-10 months.

What documentation is needed?

An Environmental Manual and procedures/processes for operating the environmental systems.

Once the certificate is issued what happens next?

The certification authority will carry out surveillance visits each year to ensure continued compliance.

Sections of ISO14001:2004

  1. Scope
  2. Normative references
  3. Terms and Definitions
  4. Environmental Management System Requirements
    1. General requirements
    2. Environmental Policy
    3. Planning
      1. Environmental Aspects
      2. Legal and Other Requirements
      3. Objectives, Targets and Programme(s)
    4. Implementation and Operation
      1. Resources, Roles and Responsibility and Authority
      2. Competence, Training and Awareness
      3. Communication
      4. Documentation
      5. Control of Documents
      6. Operational Control
      7. Emergency Preparedness and Response
    5. Checking
      1. Monitoring and Measurement
      2. Evaluation of Compliance
      3. Non-conformity, Corrective and Preventive Action
      4. Control of Records
      5. Internal Audit
    6. Management Review

Monday, 14 November 2011

ISO 9001 Factsheet

What is ISO 9001?

A Quality Management system  for turning customer requirements into customer satisfaction.
Provides the mechanism for continual improvement.  A set of common sense guidelines for running a successful business

What are the benefits of ISO 9001 Registration?

Internationally recognised quality mark.  Certificates awarded by independent accredited organisations.  Customers do not have to do their own checks on a supplier.

How many ISO 9001 Certificates have been issued?

Over  1 million worldwide.

The Model for ISO9001   


What is covered by ISO9001?

BS EN ISO 9001:2008  requires 5 main sections to be addressed, these are:
   
  1. Quality Management System;
  2. Management Responsibility;
  3. Resource Management;
  4. Product Realisation;
  5. Measurement, Analysis and Improvement
Each section is subdivided as required and covers all elements of the business having an impact on quality.

How long does it take to obtain certification?

This obviously varies from organisation to organisation, but the prime requirement is that the organisation must have three months of ‘track record’ from completion of  the document set.
As rough guide 9001 can be achieved in about 8-10 months.

What documentation is needed?

A Quality manual and procedures/processes for operating the systems.

Once the certificate is issued what happens next?

The certification authority will carry out surveillance visits each year to ensure continued compliance.



Sections of ISO9001:2008

  1. General Requirements
    1. Documentation Requirements
      1. General
      2. Quality Manual
      3. Control of Documents
      4. Control of Records
  2. Management Responsibility
    1. Management Commitment
    2. Customer Focus
    3. Quality Policy
    4. Planning
      1. Quality Objectives
      2. Quality Management System Planning
    5. Responsibility, Authority and Communication
      1. Responsibility and Authority
      2. Management Representative
      3. Internal Communication
    6. Management Review
      1. General
      2. Review Inputs
      3. Review Outputs
  3. Resource Management
    1. Provision of Resources
    2. Human Resources
      1. General
      2. Competence, Training and Awareness
    3. Infrastructure
    4. Work Environment
  4. Product Realisation
    1. Planning of Product Realisation
    2. Customer-Related Processes
      1. Determination of Requirements Related to the Product
      2. Review of Requirements Related to the Product
      3. Customer Communication
    3. Design and development
    4. Purchasing
      1. Purchasing Process
      2. Purchasing Information
      3. Verification of Purchased Product
    5. Product Provision
      1. Control of  Product Provision
      2. Validation of Processes for Product Provision
      3. Identification and traceability
      4. Customer Property
      5. Preservation of Product
    6. Control of Monitoring and Measuring Equipment
  5. Measurement, Analysis and Improvement
    1. General
    2. Monitoring and Measurement
      1. Customer Satisfaction
      2. Internal Audit
      3. Monitoring and Measurement Monitoring of Processes
      4. Monitoring and Measurement of Product
    3. Control of Nonconforming Product
    4. Analysis of Data
    5. Improvement
      1. Continual Improvement
      2. Corrective Action
      3. Preventive Action

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management

This Standard was last updated in 2005 along with the code of Practice ISO/IEC 27002 and is currently being reviewed and updated by JTC1/SC27, the ISO/IEC Committee responsible for these Standards.

The planned publication is sometime in 2012 although it had been previously been muted as 2011.

Readers of this blog may  remember that ISO 19011 (Quality/Environmental Auditing Standard Update) was to have been published in June 2011 however,  the final draft for public comment was so badly received that the proposed Standard was withdrawn in total and it was sent back to the 'drawing board'.

The 27001/27002 Standards have reached final committee stage, which is usually the precursor to a final draft for public comment.  There have been few details about the update but here are the ones that have been discussed:

  • No major changes to the Standard are envisaged as it is essential that full backwards compatibility is maintained.
  • All management Standards are adopting a common structure and terminology.  It is reasonable to assume that the Information Security Standards will follow this trend.
  • The part that has raised some eyebrows across the world concerns the Statement of Applicability which may be dropped from the 2012 Standard.  If this is the case then something will have to be put in its place, otherwise organisations would be able to claim conformity to ISO27001 without meeting all aspects of it.  The Statement of Applicability has up to now detailed the extent that the organisation has achieved compliance.   It could be that the level of compliance will have to be stated within the 'Scope' instead.
  • Most of the Management Standards  use the PDCA model (Plan-Do-Check-Act) as a tool to achieve  continual improvement.  It has been suggested that the PDCA should not be explicitly detailed in the updated ISMS Standards;  a move that has not been universally welcomed.
We will have to see what, if any of these elements will see the light of day and of course, when.

It is always useful to keep up to date with developments and for that reason I have posted these details.

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