Which standard(s) should your QMS Comply With? Should you work to multiple standards?
ISO stands for International Standards Organisation. ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organisation with a membership of 164 national standards bodies.
Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.
Think of a standard as a formula that describes the best way of doing something. It could be about making a product, managing a process, delivering a service or supplying materials – standards cover a huge range of activities.
Standards are the distilled wisdom of people with expertise in their subject matter and who know the needs of the organisations they represent – people such as manufacturers, sellers, buyers, customers, trade associations, users or regulators.
There are more than 21,000 ISO Standards available.
Here are some of the more popular ones:
- ISO9000 - QUALITY MANAGEMENT
- ISO13485 - MEDICAL DEVICES
- ISO14000 - ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
- ISO17025 - TESTING AND CALIBRATION LABORATORIES
- ISO22000 - FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT
- ISO26000 - SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
- ISO27001- INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT
- ISO28000 - SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
- ISO31000 - RISK MANAGEMENT
- ISO37001 - ANTI-BRIBERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
- ISO45001 - OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
- ISO50001 - ENERGY MANAGEMENT
Explic8 Limited consultants can help you decide which standard(s) is (are) right for your organisation and can help support you in Quality Management System design, implementation and training – improving compliance and efficiency while reducing cost and complexity.