Avoiding Supply Chain Counterfeit Components

April 14th, 2018

The global trade in counterfeit electronics and equipment currently stands at $121 billion, but counterfeit products don’t just cost companies money, they ruin reputations, they’re dangerous and what’s worse, they can become harder to identify.  In March 2018, the Anti-Counterfeiting Forum, held at BAE System headquarters brought together a range of speakers who explained the steps that should be taken to prevent and combat counterfeit products.   A key topic proved to be the importance of ‘knowing your supply chain’.

A key speaker stated the U.S. Department of Defense has identified upwards of a million counterfeit components in its military supply chain, caused by poor supplier control and weak buying practices.  When sourcing parts, tell the subcontractors the full manufacturer’s part number and the current name, and if relevant, any previous names. He also said to avoid only identifying a component by using a distributor’s part number.  The problem of counterfeiting isn’t new, so existing stock should also be checked. Visual inspection alone is not sufficient, so the best course of action is to send suspicious products to a testing company.  He went on to explain that obsolete products are one of the main opportunities for counterfeiters. To combat this, he suggested better anticipating the demand for products and stocking up on them.

 

ISO 45001:2018 Published Today!

March 12th, 2018

ISO 45001 is an ISO standard for management systems of occupational safety and health. It follows the management system standard structure guideline Annex SL. The standard requirements aim to allow an organization to provide a safe and healthy workplace(s), by preventing work-related injury and/or ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance.

ISO 45001:2018 is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish, implement and maintain an OH&S management system to improve occupational health and safety, eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks (including system deficiencies), take advantage of OH&S opportunities, and address OH&S management system nonconformances associated with its activities.

ISO 45001:2018 helps an organization to achieve the intended outcomes of its OH&S management system. Consistent with the organization’s OH&S policy, the intended outcomes of an OH&S management system include:

a) continual improvement of OH&S performance;

b) fulfillment of legal requirements and other requirements;

c) achievement of OH&S objectives.

To purchase ISO 45001:2018 OH&S Management System visit the ANSI Standards Store.

ISO 9001 and 14001 Certification Audits

January 13th, 2018

A notice from the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) that an official resolution has been reached regarding audits performed to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004.

A key aspect of this resolution was the following mandate:

“Effective March 15, 2018, all audits performed to ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 must be performed to the 2015 year revision.”

As the three-year transition for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 moves into its final year, IAF (the global association for developing the principles and practices for the conduct of conformity assessment) has passed a resolution that as of 15 March 2018, conformity assessment bodies must conduct all ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 initial, surveillance and recertification audits to the new versions – ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.

Any organizations who need to move to the new version of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 should contact their conformity assessment body as soon as possible to make arrangements for their audit.  Note that failure to achieve certification to the 2015 standard by the deadline means that your certification is no longer valid and this may affect your ability to supply to all markets.   A copy of this resolution can be obtained from the IAF Here.

ISO Management System Standards Certifications Continue to Rise

November 5th, 2017

Use of ISO management system standards continues to rise.  The number of valid certificates to ISO management system standards (MSS) rose 8 % in 2016 compared to 2015, according to latest figures of the ISO Survey.  The ISO Survey is an annual survey of valid certifications to ISO management system standards issued by accredited certification bodies worldwide. It is the most comprehensive overview of certifications to these standards currently available.

The ever-popular ISO 9001, Quality management systems – Requirements, and ISO 14001, Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, were up 7 % and 8 % respectively, with 1,106,356 and 346,189 certificates issued, while more recent additions to the survey, such as ISO 50001 for energy management and ISO/IEC 27001 for information security, rose by 69 % and 21 % respectively, amassing 20,216 and 33,290 certificates worldwide.

As ISO does not perform certification, the figures in the ISO Survey represent the number of valid certificates reported to ISO by accredited certification bodies as at 31 December 2016.  View the executive summary and full results on the ISO Survey page.

ISO/IEC 17025 moves to final stage of revision

September 19th, 2017

Calibration as well as testing and analyzing a sample is the daily practice of more than 60,000 laboratories worldwide, but how can they reassure customers about the reliability of their results?  Over the years, ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, has become the international reference for testing and calibration laboratories wanting to demonstrate their capacity to deliver trusted results.

However, the laboratory environment has changed dramatically since ISO/IEC 17025 was last published in year 2005.  After 15 years with all the significant changes and market conditions worldwide, it is time for a revised standard. Developed jointly by ISO and IEC in the Committee on conformity assessment (CASCO), the new version of ISO/IEC 17025 will replace the 2005 version and is scheduled for publication at the end of 2017.

For more information on the main changes to the standard, see the article on the ISO Website.