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Costain amongst first three companies certified by BSI to revised standard

Salus, Overbury and Costain are the first three UK companies to be independently assessed by BSI and achieve certification to the revised Quality Management Systems Standard, ISO 9001:2015.

The standard, which was published this week, has been revised to incorporate changes following feedback from users and experts around the world.

The new standard represents the latest best-practice in how to manage and monitor quality across operations.

The standard has been revised to include a high level structure (HLS) - featuring terms, definitions, headings and text common to all management system standards - allowing easier integration when implementing multiple management systems.

Salus, Overbury and Costain began their transition to the new standard in 2014 and have been guided by the FDIS, which enabled them to meet the requirements of the new standard by the publication date. 

The revised standard encourages a risk-based approach to encourage preventative action and ensure continuous improvement.

Costain business improvement director Tony Blanch said: “We’re a very customer-focused business and ISO 9001 allows us to reduce risk, improve customer relations and ensure we are meeting each customer’s needs – something we feel is unique in the market.

“The new high level structure is aligned with the direction of our business and is one we’re familiar with having certified to other standards such as ISO 27001 Information Security Management and ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management.”

Some of the key changes to ISO 9001 include:

Greater emphasis on building a management system suited to each organization’s particular needs

A requirement that those at the top of an organization be involved and accountable, aligning quality with wider business strategy

Risk-based thinking throughout the standard makes the whole management system a preventive tool and encourages continuous improvement

Less prescriptive requirements for documentation: the organization can now decide what documented information it needs and what format it should be in

Alignment with other key management system standards through the use of a common structure and core text

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