With the ISO 9001:2008 standard due to cease in September 2018. Shaw Lifting decided to be forward thinking and show the world that it does not play lip service to this important accreditation. If after September 2018, any company running ISO 9001:2008 will be using an obsolete standard. It is estimated that 70% of companies have not made the transition to ISO 9001:2015 as yet. (Source NVQA Ltd)
Some companies have been working towards certification for years and Shaw will be lobbying organisations such as the FSB, North East Chamber of Commerce and other trade bodies to bring accountability back to the standard.
Any new company must achieve their own ISO standard without relying on any parent company. This important distinction means that companies must use their own due diligence in determining if the company has been accredited and certified.
Shaw lifting is both accredited and certified under the ISO9001:2015 since July 2016 and ISO9001:2000 since June 2001. We understand how quality is important. We have officially been recognised by Lloyds as accredited for the ISO 9001: 2015 standard not just as a company but it also specifically covers our manufacturing, sales, hire, on-site testing, inspection and servicing processes, as well as safety at height equipment.
So, what is the difference between accredited and certified for the ISO standard?
Definition under “Accreditation” means the procedure by which an authoritative body gives formal recognition that a conformity assessment body in accordance to the standards and technical regulations, is competent to carry out specific tasks as testing, calibration, certification, and inspection.
Accreditation = Confirmation and recognition of technical competence
Definition: under “Accreditation” means the procedure by which an authoritative body gives formal recognition that a conformity assessment body in accordance to the standards and technical regulations, is competent to carry out specific tasks as testing, calibration, certification, and inspection.
Certification = Confirmation that prescribed requirements are fulfilled.
Definition: under “Certification” means the action of independent third party, which verifies that product, process or service in question fulfils all the specified requirements of relevant standards, technical regulations or other normative acts in force.
The difference between the two seemingly similar definitions lies in the fact that in the first case, the formal recognition of competence is based on proven technical knowledge and therefore requires the consultation of a technical expert for the scope to be accredited, while the second case primarily involves ensuring conformity with a given norm, e.g. a management system or a product.
Accreditation therefore relates to specific technical tasks such as those of a testing or calibration laboratory, or of a certification or inspection body, for which specific norms set out the required degree of competence. Source http://dpa.gov.al
ISO 9001:2015 - Why Shaw uses the best Lloyds accreditation and certification?
If you want to show other people you are the best then you need to use the best. That is why Shaw uses Lloyds. The first accountable body that every company looks up to. This gives our customers the confidence to use Shaw Lifting for all their lifting solutions.
How to investigate a company to see if they are Accredited?
Listed here is the UKAS website that list the accountable bodies.
If they are not on the list, should you be using them?
Peter Turner MD of Shaw Lifting said “If at any time our clients want to audit our systems and quality accreditation we have and welcome an open relationship policy. We are open and honest people at Shaw.”
For further details please contact our office on 01642 455 920.
Sources http://dpa.gov.al, NVQA Ltd