World Accreditation Day 2015

Today is World Accreditation Day 2015 a day to celebrate and respect the role accreditation plays in a vast array of industries, from health and social care to wood and timber. Accreditation provides a vital tool for industries across the world to deliver the best services they can. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Supporting the Delivery of Health and Social Care”. Health and Social care is an extremely large and vastly complex service, and the successful provision of these services is a great challenge. Accreditation is a key tool in the delivery of Health and Social Care, and as virtually all sectors have the same goals: a balance of quality, economic, social and environmental needs, striving to deliver, providing services that fulfill, all ultimately aiming for excellence, accreditation is a key tool in the delivery of any sector.

  • Having accreditation means that your organisation has been deemed competent to perform specific tasks
  • For example, accreditation for medical/clinical laboratories based on global standards such as ISO 15189 demonstrates to all stakeholders including health care providers, of the technical competence of that laboratory.
  • Quality Management Systems such as ISO 9001 helps organisations meet the needs of their customers and suppliers, as well as meeting the requirements of the international standard.
  • UKAS accreditation means that an evaluator can demonstrate to its customer that it has been successful at meeting the requirements of international standards.
  • Accredited companies are able to ensure the international comparability and reliability.
  • Accreditation drives up standards and provides assurance and confidence to customers and the public that the services or product provided has been independently inspected, and is therefore compliant with the standards used by the accredited inspection body/certification body.

Many press campaigns, events, seminars and workshops will take place in over 90 countries in conjunction with the celebration of World Accreditation Day to raise awareness of the value and importance of accreditation, and the role it plays in providing confidence in the delivery of services and products.

For further details, or to see how your organisation can benefit, please do not hesitate to contact us, a leading provider in UKAS Accredited Certification.

World Environment Day 2015

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Celebrate positive environmental action today with . . . the entire world!

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ main vehicle for encouraging awareness and action to save our environment on a worldwide basis.

According to information gathered, the human race will need three planets to sustain our way of life and consumption by 2050 if changes are not made. At this present time, a number of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing their critical point. Meaning depletion or irreversible change. All resulting from the vast economic growth and rising population.

The WED theme this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” This theme has been chosen to show that the well-being of humans, the environment, and the functionality of the economy, depend on the responsible management of Earth’s natural resources. Some alarming information however, is that human beings are now consuming much more natural resources than our planet can sustainably provide. Hence the three planets!

The bottom line of this theme then, is to think more about our consumption. We as people are more than capable of living within planetary boundaries to ensure a healthy future for ourselves and the generations to come. We must live sustainable lives by doing more and better with less.

Remember, Every Action Counts

WED give us the opportunity to realise our own responsibility to care for our Planet.

“Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

People from all over the world, from all different walks of life take part is WED at each celebration. Hundreds and thousands have participated in individual and organised positive environmental action. On this day of enforcing change, the world comes together, no matter who you are, or where you are, we have one planet

So make that change now. You can register your activity by following the link below; share your activity with the world and be part of the change! Push to inspire others to join in and be counted.

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ISO 9001:2015 Update

Here at Interface NRM we are focused on providing the most efficient response to customer needs. As we are sure you are already aware, the publication of the ISO 9001:2015 standard is fast approaching, and those who are already certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard need to be ready and prepared for their first 2015 standard audit. However, as we have said before, there will be a three year transition period, so don’t worry. We just want to provide you with as much information as possible and always keep you up-to-date.

If you are wondering what the transition process will be, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to discuss the best transition path for your company. Alternatively, we will be providing a short blog about the different transition paths we will be providing in the near future.

For the time being, we advise you to keep an eye on our blog for all the latest information and follow us on Twitter to stay in touch. We aim to provide you with ongoing information and support. Our goal is to have transferred all our ISO 9001:2008 clients to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard before the 2018 deadline!

Lastly, we encourage our clients to obtain a copy of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard once it has been released. You can find electronic versions at the official ISO Store

Please do keep in touch, and feel free to pick up the phone or email if you feel unsure or just want to ask a question. We will always do our best to help.

ISO 9001: All you need to Know

Even the smallest business can benefit greatly from ISO 9001 certification, and we’ve got the best team to help you get there in the most efficient and cost effective way.

It all starts with a quick and easy phone call with our brilliant admin team, who will guide you through the process and define what steps come next for your type of business. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a clue where to start for certification, we are here and happy to explain everything to you and put your mind at ease.

So what will happen?

Preparation is key to becoming ISO 9001 certified, and depending on the size of your organisation, you can expect to achieve certified status within 3 to 6 months.

Once you are aware of the process, and have received a quote from our quotes team, we will arrange the first visit. Depending on your level of awareness and development of your management system, this will be a Gap Analysis or Stage 1 audit. A gap analysis highlights any potential non-conformities and areas where your management system needs more work, and helps ensure you get the best out of your certification. The Stage 1 Audit involves an auditor visiting your company and checking that all is in order and that your Quality Management System meets the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 Standard.

Once you have made any changes, you are then moved on to Stage 2 Certification Assessment. At this point, the auditor will check that you are working to the requirements of the Quality Management Systems and ISO 9001:2008 Standards, and that any non-conformance has been addressed.
From here, the auditor will accept the company’s response to any action requests raised, and then put your organisation forward for certification. Once you have received your certificate, your auditor will then conduct an annual visit to ensure that the standard is being met and that you are getting the most out of your ISO 9001 certification.

So, it’s that easy! Just pick up the phone and call us to be on your way to ISO 9001 certification!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Drivers for UKAS Certification

A significant driver for UKAS ISO 9001 certification is CE Marking, and clients across the UK have been asking us about this. We have been working with several clients in Shropshire, Staffordshire, London and Birmingham to audit their systems. To enable us to better support our clients, we are planning an extension of scope for our UKAS ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditation, to cover more engineering areas, National Highways Sector Schemes (NHSS), construction and transport. Hopefully this will be up and running later in the Summer!