ISO 9001 or ISO 14001?

Across the West Midlands we meet with clients who ask us whether ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 is the standard to get accredited to first. Generally, we feel that ISO 9001 makes sense as the first standard, as it helps to embed a quality ethos and a good approach to management systems, audit and review. Exceptions are where there may be a sector specific reason to go for ISO 14001, perhaps forestry, arboriculture or environmental consultancies.

Of course, both may be the best answer. This allows scores to be maximised in PQQ and tendering exercises. We recently had a forestry client in Birmingham decide on both, an obvious choice for that sector.

Shropshire Star Press Release

We got a nice press release in the Shropshire Star on Feb 19th, as the only Shropshire-based UKAS accredited certification body:

“A Telford based business has become the first in Shropshire to assess other companies for key management accreditations.

Interface NRM, based at the e-Innovation centre in Priorslee, is the only certification body in Shropshire which ios recognised by industry monitors UKAS. Now it has won the right to assess companies for ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) certificates.

Managing Director Gavin Jordan said “UKAS accreditation will enable us to provide our clients with the very highest level of ISO certification available, coupled with an effective, efficient and supportive service. “As one of the very few UKAS accredited certification bodies in the West Midlands, Interface will also be very competitive on pricing.”