March 22nd, 2017
The world’s population is changing in ways that could barely be imagined a generation ago, and at a pace that is faster than any in recorded history. A recent United Nations World Population Ageing report cites that between 2015 and 2030, the number of people in the world aged 60 years or over is projected – to grow by 56 %, from 901 million to 1.4 billion.
This brings us neatly on to the new prospects of the silver economy – the market for goods and services for people aged 65 and over. This is the “other” side of the coin of the ageing population: it offers many industries an opportunity to target a whole new customer base.
So how is YOUR Business pursuing this potentially lucrative market? In fact, many companies are well on their way to showing the rest of the world through example how to leverage this growing market. Some are embedding “ageing” as a key strategic driver of their commercial goals. Equally, some businesses have positioned ageing as an opportunity to develop products and services for older consumers, while others are capitalizing on the knowledge and skills of an ageing workforce. The truth is, there’s a tremendous opportunity for business to grow and expand market reach. But that’s not all. If exploited effectively, this key demographic can drive higher sales – and more.
February 24th, 2017
During recent conversations we have identified that not all companies are aware of the ever reducing timeline for achieving a successful transition. Whether you are transitioning for example to ISO 9001:2015, AS 9100D, ISO 14001:2015, or IATF 16949, you have very little time to implement the new requirements.
Here are dates you need to know:
- All ISO 9001 audits after June 2017 will be to ISO 9001:2015
- All AS 9100 audits after June 15, 2017 will be to the new revision D
- All ISO/TS 16949 audits after October 1, 2017 will be to IATF 16949:2016
What are the Steps for Success with Transitioning your Current Management System?
- Identify the gaps needing to be addressed with the new requirements.
- Develop an effective implementation plan.
- Provide appropriate training and awareness for all parties that have an impact on organizational effectiveness.
- Update your existing documented management system to meet the requirements and provide verification of effectiveness.
- Conduct and document a complete system internal audit to ensure all internal requirements are being met, which includes the new standard requirements, customer, and any applicable business regulatory requirements.
- Communicate with your CB for transition schedule and arrangements.
November 21st, 2016
ISO’s essential guide for small enterprises wishing to implement a quality management system (QMS) has just been updated, providing practical advice and concrete examples tailored specifically for small businesses.
The handbook was written by a group of experts from ISO/TC 176/SC 2, the technical subcommittee that developed ISO 9001:2015, and features useful information on everything from how to get started right through to guidance for those who choose to seek certification. It includes practical advice on the different ways of approaching a quality management system (QMS) as well as detailed guidance on each element of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard. This handbook offers tailored advice to help them implement a quality management system that can truly be useful, and can help organizations improve their overall business performance.
ISO 9001 is one of the world’s most widely used quality management system standards, with over one million organizations certified to it in over 170 countries around the world.
ISO 9001:2015 for Small Businesses – What to do? is available for purchase from the ISO Store.
October 22nd, 2016
The 2015 results of the ISO Survey have just been released, showing the number of certifications to ISO management system standards continues to rise worldwide. According to the results of the survey, a total of 1,519,952 valid certificates were reported worldwide in 2015 across nine management system standards, compared to 1, 476, 504 the previous year – an increase of 3 %.
ISO’s most widely used management system standards, ISO 9001 for quality management and ISO 14001 for environmental management, remain popular with 1, 033, 936 and 319,324 certificates respectively.
The ISO Survey is an annual survey of valid certifications to our management system standards issued by accredited certification bodies worldwide. It is the most comprehensive overview of certifications to these standards currently available. ISO does not perform certification, therefore these results rely on the responses of some of the world’s largest certification bodies.
View the executive summary and full results on the ISO Survey page.