Certifications

Certifications 2018-06-12T19:06:29+00:00

Management Systems Certification

Companies today, regardless of size, face ever increasing demands for profitability, quality, and technology that contributes to sustainable development. In order to turn these pressures into a competitive advantage, you need to develop an efficient management system tailored to your business processes and use it systematically to maintain and constantly improve your company’s overall performance.

We are one of the leading global providers of accredited management systems certification. We offer a broad portfolio of services within management system certification and related services.

Through our Next Generation Risk Based Certification approach we assess your system’s compliance with international standards and measure how well key systems support your business processes​ while building sustainable business performance over time.

ISO 9001:2015

Businesses today seek to offer products and services that not only meet but also surpass customer expectations. At the same time, they are under pressure to cut costs to remain competitive. Organisations both large and small require a comprehensive approach to quality improvement that resolves these challenges of quality and cost efficiency.

What is ISO 9001?

The ISO 9001 Quality Management System is the world’s most popular quality improvement standard, with over one million certified organisations in 180 countries around the globe. It is the only standard in the 9000 family of standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that can be used for the purpose of conformity assessment. ISO 9001 also serves as the basis for many other important sector-specific standards, including ISO 13485 medical devices), ISO/TS 16949 (automotive) and AS/EN 9100 (aerospace), as well as widely used management system standards such as OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001.

Why is it important?

ISO 9001 certification demonstrates your organisation’s ability to consistently meet and exceed customer expectations. For this reason, many buyers require suppliers to be ISO 9001 certified to minimise their risk of purchasing a poor product or service. A business that achieves ISO 9001 certification will be able to attain significant improvements in organisational efficiency and product quality by minimising waste and errors, and increasing productivity.

Your benefits at a glance.

  • Save money and time – through quality management practices that increase your organisational efficiency, productivity and profitability.
  • Minimise risk – by consistently achieving a level of quality defined by the standard, thus ensuring your products and services are less likely to fall short of customer expectations.
  • Profit from an expert partnership – with AQSCERT, an internationally recognised and respected brand.
    • Increase your competitiveness – with a quality management system certified by AQSCERT that attracts investors and lowers trade barriers to your business.
  • Gain market recognition – with the world’s most widely known quality management system, which can help establish your presence as a supplier when entering a new market

BS OHSAS 18001:2007

Your trusted partner for occupational health and safety

Forward-thinking organisations that value employees understand the need to identify and control health and safety hazards in the workplace. Injuries or illnesses at work can be costly to your company in terms of lost productivity, medical expenses and reputational damage. In addition, there are strict legal requirements for occupational health and safety (OH&S) in every region where your business operates. For all these reasons, you need to manage and safeguard your human resources while clearly communicating your OH&S commitments to all stakeholders.

What is OHSAS 18001?

The OHSAS 18001 Certification Scheme is an OH&S standard. It is designed to enable organisations to control risks and improve performance in the area of OH&S. OHSAS 18001 places a proactive and preventative emphasis on risk-control factors by identifying and assessing the likelihood and severity of hazards in the workplace

Why is OHSAS 18001 important?

OHSAS 18001 is an essential management system for your business, along with quality, environment and other management systems. It will help your company reduce direct and indirect costs while preventing injuries in the workplace. By conforming to OHSAS 18001, your company safeguards its stakeholders – employees, suppliers and customers – from risk. Third-party certification will credibly demonstrate your organisation’s implementation of a comprehensive system for ensuring health and safety in the workplace.

How can we help you?

AQSCERT is an internationally accredited Certification body for various management systems. We have extensive experience in auditing and certifying a wide range of internationally recognised management systems, including OHSAS 18001. When it comes to implementing OHSAS 18001, organisations of every size and industry choose AQSCERT.

Your benefits at a glance

  • Save money – by reducing the direct and indirect costs from accidents, disease and other factors.
    • Boost productivity – through the reduction of downtime caused by sickness or injury to your workers.
    • Minimise risk – to the human resources of your organisation across all the work environments in your business.
    • Gain a competitive edge – by demonstrating the OH&S compliance of your organisation to all stakeholders with a trusted third-party certification partner.
  • Improve transparency – with a clearer understanding of the safety processes in your organisation

ISO 20000 IT Service Management

Adopt a systematic approach to IT service improvement.

Organisations have a clear need for cost-efficient, reliable and effective IT service management practices. Incomplete documentation of procedures can result in poor control over IT processes and services, while the lack of control and measurement can hinder continuous improvement. Many organisations suffer from recurring errors and incidents because they do not practice adequate knowledge management. It is important to provide a clear definition of services provided, taking into account customer demands and customer satisfaction.

What is ISO 20000?

ISO/IEC 20000 is the leading international standard for IT service management. It comprises two parts: ISO/IEC 20000-1, which outlines requirements for setting up an IT service management system, and ISO/IEC 20000-2, which describes best practices. Although the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) describes best practices that can achieve the same level of service quality required by ISO/IEC 20000, ITIL certifications normally apply to individuals, while ISO/IEC 20000 enables the entire organisation to be certified.
Why is ISO 20000 important for your business?

An ISO/IEC 20000 certification assures your internal and external customers that your organisation will deliver IT services at a satisfactory level of quality.

How can you prepare for ISO 20000?

You can prepare for the standard by establishing a management system in line with the specifications of ISO/IEC 20000. It is necessary to define the service management policy and the catalogue of services for the organisation. In addition, you will need to conduct an internal audit and a management review prior to the certification, as well as take corrective action to close any identified gaps
How can we help you?

AQSCERT can identify gaps for improvement within your IT service management system in accordance with ISO 20000 requirements. We provide preliminary and formal audits against the requirements of the standard.
Our ISO 20000 services

  • ISO/IEC 20000 training

o AQSCERT offers training courses for your employees to build up your organisation’s knowledge of the ISO/IEC 20000 requirements.

  • Pre-audit

o We verify if your system fulfils the ISO/IEC 20000 requirements and identify possible gaps.
• Certification

o Our experts conduct a formal audit against the ISO/IEC 20000 requirements

Your benefits at a glance.

  • Gain a competitive edge – with improved quality of service as well as increased business and customer confidence.
  • Improve brand reputation – by demonstrating greater consistency and interoperability.
  • Save cost and time – by creating a formal framework for service and process improvements.
  • Minimise risks – with effective knowledge management to prevent recurring errors and incidents

ISO 27001 Information Security Management System

Secure your knowledge and information with a systematic approach

Most organisations now rely on information systems to support all of their critical business processes. This dependency has led to an evolving risk from electronic security threats such as hacking, data loss, breach of confidentiality and even terrorism. These increasingly sophisticated attacks can come from individuals, private organisations or even clandestine foreign intelligence agencies. When these attacks result in loss of information, theft of confidential data or damage to critical systems and documents, organisations can suffer severe consequences including financial repercussions and reputational risk.

What is ISO/IEC 27001?

ISO/IEC 27001 is the leading international standard for information security management. It covers commercial, governmental and not-for-profit organisations, and specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, monitoring and improving an information security management system (ISMS).

 

Why is ISO/IEC 27001 important?

Your organisation may not consider its information to be vulnerable or targeted for attack but in the borderless Internet-connected world, disruptions to business IT processes can cripple your operations and allow you

How can you prepare for ISO/IEC 27001?

Like many other management systems, ISO/IEC 27001 is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach to quality improvement. You can prepare for the standard by undergoing training to learn more about it. AQSCERT  offers a foundation course that provides an overview of the standard’s requirements. You will also learn what your organisation needs to do in order to ensure its continued compliance to the standard after initial certification.

Additional information security services

  • Penetration testing– Our experts make use of specialised technology to find vulnerabilities in your website or internal network and assess the impact of possible attacks before they happen. We provide you with a prioritised and validated list of threats requiring your attention.
  • PCI-DSS and PA-DSS– We provide support for security requirements, especially for the payment card industry, which has different requirements depending on the card company (MasterCard, VISA, AMEX)

Your benefits at a glance?

  • Minimise risks– through a structured and globally recognised information security methodology that identifies and mitigates threats.
  • Protect your confidential information – from the threat of hacking, data loss and breach of confidentiality, and ensure you can recover faster from such attacks.
  • Establish business continuity plans– that ensure your operations will continue in the event of man-made and natural disasters.

ISO 39001:2012

In construction

ISO 14001:2015

Manufacturers and service providers are under pressure to make supply chains more environmentally friendly due to the growing global awareness of the environmental impact of consumer lifestyles. Organisations that align their commercial objectives with global ecological concerns stand to gain a substantial competitive advantage. This also reduces the cost of energy and material consumption, recycling, air and water emissions, and legal fees incurred by non-compliance

What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is recognised as an environmental management system standard suitable for large and small organisations. Based on the Plan-Do-Check- Act methodology, it provides a systematic framework for integrating environmental management practices by supporting

Why is it important?

Beyond demonstrating your organisation is a responsible corporate citizen, certification may significantly reduce the risk of regulatory and environmental liability fines. Companies that implement the system reduce costs and improve company-wide morale, while increasing the marketability of their brand.

Your benefits at a glance?
• Improve your marketability and sales – by applying the ISO 14001 certification to your corporate documents. This can also significantly improve your bargaining position when taking part in public and private green procurement tenders.
• Reduce cost – by minimising wastage throughout the supply chain, from materials to energy consumption. ISO 14001 certification can also contribute to significantly reducing your regulatory and environmental liability.
• Enhance your reputation – with an internationally recognised certificate from TÜV SÜD that promotes your brand image and company morale.

ISO 13485 Quality Management System for Medical Devices

ISO 13485 is a quality management system standard specifically for the medical devices industry, which encompasses aspects of the ISO 9001 standard, plus additional industry-specific medical device requirements.
ISO 13485: 2016 has been harmonised against the three EU Medical Devices, so certification to this standard by an accredited certification body such as AQSCERT Product Service automatically

demonstrates compliance with specific clauses in these directives

Why certy your quality management system?

The certification of a quality management system, specifically for medical devices, to ISO 13485 proves advantageous, and in many cases essential, for medical companies which export their products to the global market. In the European Union, the fulfilment of EU Directives (e.g Active implantable Medical Devices Directive, Medical Devices Directive and In Vitro Diagnostic Directive) allows the free trade of medical devices. A significant portion of demonstrating compliance with the EU directive requirements is the establishment and independent assessment of the quality system.

The current European medical device quality system standard is EN ISO 13485:2016. When manufacturers are active in the world market, the focus on global or international standards (e.g., ISO) is not only advantageous – it may be stipulated by certain countries. For example, Canada requires that medical device manufacturers marketing their products in Canada must have a quality system certified to ISO 13485:2016.
Who is the standart for?

  • Companies who currently manufacture private label medical devices, but want to eventually place these devices under their name on the market in the European Union.
  • Consultancies or agencies, which design, manufacture, and assemble medical and in vitro diagnostic medical devices, as well as medical component manufacturers.
  • Manufacturers of in vitro diagnostic medical devices that want to distinguish themselves, and prepare for future IVD regulatory obligations to enter the EU.

Your benefits at a glance?

  • Enhanced efficiency and marketability – Formal certification of your quality management system will help you to market your products and services and to improve the efficiency of your organisation.
    • Expert partnership – Our experienced audit team has the goal of adding value to your business by identifying improvement opportunities in addition to risks from any non-conforming areas.

ISO 50001 Management System Certification

Reduce energy costs and achieve a competitive advantage

Organisations the world over are facing rising energy prices. This comes at a time of increasing competitive pressure that is forcing companies to find new ways to reduce their total overheads. Additionally, the greenhouse gas emissions produced by organisations are a growing concern. In light of these developments, organisations must find ways to manage energy use while at the same time communicating energy management efforts to an increasingly environmentally conscious public

What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 is a voluntary international standard that gives organisations of any size a way to systematically optimise energy performance in all processes and promote more efficient energy management. The framework is compatible with the ISO 14001 environmental management standard, which means that organisations certified to ISO 14001 will find it easy to meet the requirements of ISO 50001.

Why is ISO 50001 important?

ISO 50001 is one of the few management systems that offer measurable cost benefits to organisations. It allows your business to achieve greater transparency and promotes best practises in energy management by demonstrating how energy is consumed throughout your value chain. The ISO 50001 energy management system (EnMS) framework is widely known to improve bottom lines through systematic improvements in energy efficiency and consumption while enhancing a company’s reputation and environmental performance.

ISO 50001 audit process

How can we help you?

AQSCERT is an internationally accredited Certification Body for various management systems. We have the experience and knowledge to provide solutions that reduce cost and risks. Working in partnership with your people, our experts can identify inefficiencies in your energy management strategy.
Our ISO 50001 services

  • Pre-audit (optional)

A preliminary evaluation determines which requirements your company already fulfils.

  • Audit level 1 and subsequent documentation review
    We collect information on the basic EnMS processes, prepare the certification audit and check for compliant documentation.
  • Certification audit

We assess the practical implementation of your company’s EnMS, including interviews with different members of staff, review of facts and figures, and site inspection.

  • Awarding the certificate

The certificate is awarded, confirming that your EnMS conforms to the ISO 50001 standard.

  • Surveillance audits

Our annual surveillance audits provide ongoing support in the continuous optimisation of your processes.
• Re-certification

ISO 50001 certifications are valid for three years, after which your company needs to be re-certified

Your benefits at a glance.
• Save money – through improvements in energy efficiency and reduction in energy consumption.
• Achieve world-class standards – through our certification, which enables you to benchmark, measure and report energy efficiency improvements.
• Gain a competitive edge – by promoting energy management best practices and reinforcing good energy management behaviours.
• Improve transparency – with detailed energy analyses on energy flows and consumption patterns in your organisation to clearly communicate energy management effort

ISO 45001 Certification

Occupational health and safety management systems

ISO 45001 certification provides organisations with the foundation for an effective health and safety management system.

Benefit

The implementation of an health and safety management system allows organisations to:

  • evaluate, prevent and reduce any risk related to health and safety at work
  • improve the quality of life of human resources, by reconciling the development, productivity and motivation of staff
  • add value for the asset valuation of organisations.

Service Details

BS OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 management systems can be integrated with leading corporate management systems, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, if one is adopted by the organisation.
Businesses that do not yet have a health and safety management system can benefit from a stand-alone, independent service to measure what is still missing to achieve compliance with the choosen standard requirements and obtain related certification.

Focus on ISO 45001:2018

The new edition of the standard, called ISO 45001:2018, provides companies with a transition period that will end on March 2021.

Why AQSCERT?

By virtue of its accreditation, AQSCERT is an internationally acknowledged body for the certification of occupational safety, which we issue to organisations operating in the most diverse sectors and industries.

ISO 22000 Food safety management

ISO 22000 certifies the food safety and the ability to handle related risks for organisations of all sizes and working in the food processing industry.
The key aspects of the service are:

  • defining clear and concrete objectives of the management model
  • objective verification of the effectiveness of your food safety management system
  • greater traceability of products throughout the supply chain
  • guaranteeing the expectations of consumers and business partners in terms of quality and safety
  • demonstration of compliance with legal requirements
  • effective risk management
  • facilitating access to financing, and successful tender bidding

Regulatory Focus

The ISO 22000 standard is based on the HACCP method and is integrated with the main system and product standards: ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, FSSC 22000, BRC and IFS, SA 8000 and BS OHSAS 18001, Codex Alimentarius.

Certification Procedure

  • Compilation of the information questionnaire
  • submission of the technical/economic offer which, once accepted, constitutes a service contract
  • audit at the company and related reporting
  • in the event of a successful outcome of the previous phases, certification is assessed by a technical committee
  • in case of successful completion of the previous phases, the certificate is delivered to the company
  • annual audit to maintain the certificate.

FSSC 22000

Production and sale of safe food products

The FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification) standard establishes the necessary requirements for producing and marketing products and foods that are safe for consumers.
In particular, it applies to producers of perishable animal products, vegetables, long-life products at room temperature, food ingredients (excluding technical and technological adjuvants).
The service aims to:

  • adopt a systematic PRP (Pre-Requisite Program)
  • improve the clarity and transparency of communications throughout the supply chain
  • increase customer portfolio on national and international markets
  • flexibility in applying the standard to specific customer requirements

Regulatory Focus

The FSSC 22000 standard integrates ISO 22000: 2005 and ISO/TS 22002-1 standards, is supported by the CIAA (Confederation of Food and Drink Industries of the EU), and approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Certification Procedure

  • Compilation of the information questionnaire
  • submission of the technical/economic offer which, once accepted, constitutes a service contract
  • audit at the company and related reporting
  • in the event of a successful outcome of the previous phases, certification is assessed by a technical committee
  • in case of successful completion of the previous phases, the certificate is delivered to the company
  • annual audit to maintain the certificate.

UNI 10854 hygiene certification

The HACCP certification promotes the integration of self-control systems for hygiene and sanitation with the ISO 9001 quality certification standard.
The service offers organisations reliable control over production processes, also in compliance with the latest national and EU regulations.

Service Details

UNI 10854 requires the food market organisations to control the hygiene of foodstuffs so as to prevent any risk of impairment of quality, characteristics and hygiene.
The organisation implementing a HACCP self-monitoring plan improves its image on the market by announcing its commitment to the management and prevention of health hazards.
The certification, provided by a third-party body, identifies critical points of the production process and defines criteria for preventing, reducing or eliminating potential risks.

Certification Procedure

  • Compilation of the information questionnaire
  • submission of the technical/economic offer which, once accepted, constitutes a service contract
  • audit at the company and related reporting
  • in the event of a successful outcome of the previous phases, certification is assessed by a technical committee
  • in case of successful completion of the previous phases, the certificate is delivered to the company
  • annual audit to maintain the certificate.

Why AQSCert?

AQSCert is a reliable partner that accompanies customers at all stages of the production process, providing the benefit of its long-running experience in servicing the agri-food sector.

Certification of products in compliance with the precepts of Islamic Law

Halal certification applies to the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical sectors and attests that a product is manufactured in full compliance with the precepts of Islamic Law, that it does not include any “forbidden” components, and has in no way been in contact with any substances or objects considered “impure”.
This certification serves to:

  • guarantee Islamic consumers that their religious precepts have been respected
  • ensure a high level of hygiene and safety of the product
  • respond to the growing demand for Halal products on the Italian and international markets.

Service Details

The Halal certification requirements are:

  • application of the principles of good hygiene practices
  • adoption of an appropriate risk assessment and risk management system, aimed at hygiene and health safety, and compliance with the rules of Islamic law.

The Halal Logo helps distinguish the products conforming to the Islamic religion dictates in an instant – a simple and safe way to attract the attention and benefit consumers in different target markets.

Certification Procedure

The certification procedure consists of:

  • optional pre-audit
  • certification audit
  • annual reviews
  • re-certification every three years.

The control and audit activities are carried out by audit teams made up of experienced experts in the certification of the specific sector and experts in Islamic law.

Q&A

What are the foods forbidden by Islamic law?

  • pork meat
  • carnivorous animals, birds of prey, reptiles, amphibians and insects
  • meat and derivatives of animals which are normally admissible but were improperly slaughtered
  • blood and carcass
  • alcohol and intoxicants.

What is the origin of the term ‘Halal’? 
The Arabic term Halal means “appropriate”, “permitted”, thus understood as something permitted by the Islamic law and doctrine.

ISO 22005 – Traceability

The ISO 22005 standard supports businesses in ensuring – through a certification of compliance – that the business puts out location-specific, genuine and traceable food products at every stage of the supply chain.
The standard responds to the need for effective management and control of food traceability, both within the company and throughout the supply chain, in order to enhance the origin of the product and/or its particular ingredients, to enhance the value of its traditional significance, genuineness, geographical characterisation and/or production method.
On the European single market, voluntary certification of chain traceability is an important supplier selection criterion.

Certification Procedure

  • Compilation of the information questionnaire
  • submission of the technical/economic offer which, once accepted, constitutes a service contract
  • audit at the company and related reporting
  • in the event of a successful outcome of the previous phases, certification is assessed by a technical committee
  • in case of successful completion of the previous phases, the certificate is delivered to the company
  • annual audit to maintain the certificate.