Our consultants can work with you to interpret and implement recognised standards within your organisation, which can drive improvement, efficiency and other commercial benefits.
Achieving certification to these standards can also be beneficial during the tendering process.
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What Are Standards?
Essentially, standards provide an agreed way of doing things, or a set of specifications and tolerances.
The details are set out in standard documents usually numbered (for example ISO 9001), and although the structure of standards varies depending on the subject, most contain a set of clauses and sub-clauses which break out the requirements.
The development of standards involves a group of stakeholders usually consisting of relevant industry experts, representatives from national standards bodies and professional bodies. There are often several draft stages during which time comments are invited.
ISO is perhaps the most recognised body for developing international standards, including representatives from 162 national member bodies across the world.
Of over 21,000 standard-type documents published, you’ll often see a smaller selection of management system standards quoted on vans, lorries, websites and paperwork. These management system standards are moving to a common structure called Annex SL.
BS & PAS Standards
BSI is the UK national standards body, and is a member of ISO.
However, as a national body, BSI develops its own standards where it feels there is a need. Often the more successful of these are adopted by ISO internationally.
The Benefits of Standards
Working with Standards has many benefits including:
- Working to recognised best practices.
- Ensuring compatibility and inter-operability.
- Reducing costs and improve efficiency.
- Gives assurance to customers and other stakeholders.
- Provides a method to evaluate the supply chain.
Certification to Standards
Certification is not mandatory, many business operate to standards without any external validation.
However, in many cases certification provides an added benefit for organisations looking to demonstrate their ability to meet the particular standards.
Read more about certification: www.CertBodies.co.uk