Over a million companies already benefit from a quality management system according to ISO 9001. Strong quality management systems provide a competitive advantage to all aspects of your business. Well thought-out workflows contribute decisively to the quality of your products or services. Effective quality management takes into account the specific requirements and perspectives of your company. Due particularly to its process-oriented approach, a quality management system according to ISO 9001 is suitable for all industries and companies – from the start-up to the global corporation. A quality management system certified according to ISO 9001 defines who is responsible for which quality-relevant activities and which procedures must be followed. The standard requires a control loop, which requires constant internal re-evaluation of the system that promotes a continuous improvement process (CIP). This ensures that quality orientation is lived by each of your employees day by day. Organizations that have more than one formal management system will benefit significantly by merging all their systems into one ‘business management’ system. This way the quality (QMS), environmental (EMS), occupational health & safety (OH&SMS), and any sector specific management systems are fully harmonized and work seamlessly in conjunction with the business planning, HR, finance, procurement, administration, operations, audit, management review and other systems. To meet these expectations, many businesses have adopted the use of internationally recognized management system standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO/TS 16949, AS 9100, ISO 22000, OHSAS 18001 and others.
Many studies have shown that companies implementing a quality management system realize cost savings through improved process effectiveness and efficiency. In addition to benefiting the bottom line, companies also realize many other advantages, including improved employee and customer satisfaction, resulting from better defined and implemented business processes. The SDI Group can provide a critical thinking approach to meet each of our clients’ needs. Both our Health and Safety Systems and our Quality Systems marry into one another for a complete business system for all aspects of your company. Business Fundamentals A standards scheme introduces a foundation for business that is centered on quality and builds out key areas of business focus across four specific and relevant areas:
- ISO 9001 – Quality Management
- ISO 14001 – Environmental Management
- ISO 45001– Occupational Health and Safety
- ISO 27001 – Information Security
In addition, there are several specialist industry schemes based on the ISO 9001 – Quality Management framework while providing additional industry specific requirements. There are four business standards you should consider when building a robust and effective management system.