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Is ISO 9001 Worth It

Is ISO 9001 QMS Worth It?

We all want to expand our business, improve our bottom line, and raise our reputation in the marketplace, but right now, with tightening qualifying criteria becoming more and more essential, many companies, possibly yours, are being passed over for the biggest and most profitable tenders. Why? They are often unable to produce that all-important ISO Certificate!

ISO 9001 Post

Increasingly ISO Certification is becoming a mandatory tending qualification, but ISO Certification can be perceived as complicated. The laborious, time-consuming attention it takes to get everything lined up is simply infuriating. Thankfully, we make this process straightforward, saving your time to add value to your business instead of climbing this wall of regulation alone. How about having a system in place ensuring that your certification remains current and relevant to your business instead of facing the disappointment of being brushed aside again because you are unable to tick all the right boxes. Instead of losing potential business worth thousands, one certificate could turn your situation around. ISO Certification is no longer an option. But, for many companies, it is essential.

ISO 9001 is the Internationally recognized Standard for Quality Management. Over 1 million companies use them. It was created to give organizations the tools to win more business, reduce costs and improve productivity.

ISO 9001 QMS Certification also provides your customers assurance that they will receive consistently quality products and services. Under ISO 9001, there are numerous processes and procedures a company would be expected to follow.

For Example, You’re required to record your customer’s contact information and gather feedback during the customer journey, which you’re probably doing already. However, some processes and procedures may not be accustomed to, such as keeping an error log or implementing a final inspection procedure.

ISO 9001 is perfect for any organization, large or small, looking to improve quality and consistently meet customer requirements. Benefits of ISO 9001 QMS Certification Include:

  • Increased Efficiency
  • International Recognition
  • Factual Approach to Decision Making
  • Better Supplier Relationships
  • Improved Customer Satisfaction and Greater Employee Morale.

So, if you’re considering ISO 9001 to win a big tender or contract, it’s likely you’ll be able to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction.

What is the meaning of ISO 9001?

ISO is International Organization for Standardization, and 9001 pertains to a Quality Management System (QMS). A QMS is a form of a set of

  • Processes
  • Policies
  • Procedures
  • Consists of quality products and services

A quality policy & a set of objectives are used to make your QMS effective. ISO 9001 helps small businesses

  • Secure big Contracts & Specific Customers
  • Certification Requirements
  • Avoid Quality Issues.

ISO 9001 Work Instructions Documentation

  • Required where their absence affects the quality
  • Details of how the specific testing activities are to be undertaken to achieve the objectives/standards
  • Define the standards of acceptability
  • Contents of simple and easy to follow.

ISO 13485 VS ISO 9001

Generally, ISO 13485 is harmonized with ISO 9001. However, there are key differences.

While ISO 9001 requires organizations to demonstrate continual improvement and has needed to ensure customer satisfaction.

ISO 13485 requires the organization to demonstrate that a quality system is maintained and adequate and does not rely on customer satisfaction as a metric. In other words, ISO 13485 has other differences involving the areas of

  • Risk Management
  • Design Control
  • Corrective and Preventive Action Management.

ISO 9001 VS ISO 27001

ISO 9001

  • Requirements for processes
  • Measuring Customer Satisfaction
  • Customer Complaints

ISO 27001

  • Information Security Risk Assessment
  • Information Security Risk Treatment
  • Security Incidents

Implementation Issues of ISO 27001 & ISO 9001

  • Integrate QMS and ISMS into one single management system
  • Incorporate security controls into processes
  • PAS 99 Integrated Management
  • Merging Quality Policy and Information Security Policy.

Implementation Steps of ISO 27001 & ISO 9001

  • Determine the Context of the organization
  • Define QMS and ISMS Policy
  • Provide Resources
  • Address risks and Opportunities
  • Assess Information Security Risks
  • Treat Information Security Risks
  • Define Objectives
  • Establish Operational Control
  • Conduct Monitoring and Measuring
  • Internal Audit
  • Management Review
  • Continual Improvement.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

We love so many people in our life, Mom, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Daughter, Cousin, Best Friend, Office Colleague. But, do you know that 1 out of 9 women in Pakistan is at risk of Breast Cancer? And she could be any one of them. But if we regularly conduct self-examination and if Breast Cancer is detected early, then the chance of survival increases by 90%.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Here’s what you need to look out for

  • A lump in the breast or Armpit
  • A sunken Dip (Dimple) on the nipple or elsewhere on the breast
  • Red or scaly skin on a breast that’s been there for a while
  • Clear or bloody fluid comes out of a nipple
  • Change in one’s breasts size/shape

Some habits raise the risk of developing breast cancer

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Overweight and Obesity

While others lower the risk

  • Physical Activity
  • Healthy Diet
  • Breast Feeding
  • Learn how to check your breasts and talk with your doctor about any unusual changes.

Did You Know?

  • Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors in their families.
  • About 5-10% of breast cancer is hereditary, which is caused by an inherited mutation in one of several genes.

7 Ways to Reduce your Breast Cancer Risk

1. Your Family History of Cancer

  • The next time you talk to your family about their family history, be prepared with these tips:
  • First, share that you have learned that cancers can run in families.
  • Explain that you are creating a record of your family’s history of cancer
  • Encourage family members to respond in a way that is most comfortable to them
  • Word your questions carefully, be a good listener, and respect their privacy
  • Write down who had cancer, age when diagnosed, and type of cancer.
  • Share that you have learned that cancers can run in families.

2. Minimize Radiation Exposure

  • Women who have had radiation therapy to the chest area for previous cancers such as lymphoma have significantly higher odds of developing breast cancer.
  • The risk of developing breast cancer from chest radiation is highest if the radiation was given during adolescence when the breasts were still developing.

3. Limit Hormone Exposure

The women’s health initiative found that long-term use of combined estrogen plus progestin therapy increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

  • For each year of use, risk increases by 2.3%
  • Risk is less if used for a short time <4-5 years

Studies have found that women using birth control pills have a slightly greater risk of breast cancer than women who have never used them. However, after 10 years of stopping the pill – the risk normalizes. When thinking about using oral contraceptives, women should discuss their other risk factors for breast cancer with their health care team.

4. Pregnancy/Breastfeeding

  • Women who have had no children or had their first child after age 30 have slightly higher breast cancer.
  • For every 12 months of breastfeeding, there was a 4.3-person reduction in the relative risk of breast cancer.

5. Don’t Smoke

  • Accumulating evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women.
  • Started smoking early and before the first birth was associated with an increased breast cancer risk suggesting that smoking may have a role in breast cancer initiation.

6. Reduce Alcohol Intake

  • The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Those who have 2 to 5 drinks daily have about 1 to 2 times the risk of women who don’t drink alcohol.
  • Alcohol can increase levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-reporter-positive breast cancer. Alcohol also may increase breast cancer risk by damaging DNA in cells.

7. Get Moving

  • Women’s Health Initiative found that women who have walked for hours a week had 18% fewer risks of breast cancer than inactive women.
  • The exercise lowers estrogen level- Estrogen stimulates cell overgrowth and breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Session Organized at TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification

Every October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the challenges and threats that breast cancer poses and celebrate new research into prevention, diagnosis, and treatment breakthroughs that could one day lead to a cure for this devastating disease.

TUV Family at Breast Awareness Session

The Breast Cancer Awareness Session held on October 29, 2021, at the TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification aimed to educate women about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and its possible treatments.

“Once I overcame breast cancer, I wasn’t afraid of anything anymore.” – Melissa Etheridge.

The awareness session was based on the chances and symptoms of breast cancer in males, social stigmas, myth-busting, and a guideline on caring for females in the family who have breast cancer.

Effective IT Security

Effective IT Security

The digital transformation is rapidly gaining momentum. It applies to all areas of information and communication technologies, mobile communication, cloud computing, Industry 4.0, automated networks of machines (or Internet of Things), and the issue of data. Therefore, all digitization opportunities must be taken advantage of to make your company more efficient, improve customer benefits, and develop new products.

The issue of security is interdisciplinary and will impact companies of any size and throughout all of their sectors. Data and information traffic require safety measures and related testing concepts because the number of attacks on server structures and applications increases in intensity.

Effective IT Security

TUV AUSTRIA BIC. supports customers with a precisely defined portfolio of standards-based, organized services to identify informational values. The Group also helps define an economically viable security level via security analyses, the conception and implementation of suitable processes, right through to documenting the achieved status.
With the introduction of an information security management system (ISMS) following ISO/IEC 27001:2018, processes are established to protect informational confidentiality, integrity, availability, and authenticity. Furthermore, with ‘Trusted Industry 4.0″ IT solutions, companies with communicating devices and large amounts of data and information can achieve an appropriate level of security. Individual Solutions for Companies and Government Agencies TUV AUSTRIA BIC. advises in information security, technical security, data protection, IT compliance, and mobile and cloud security.
The IT specialists are also assisting companies in developing apps and support with safety tests, training courses, and certifications. With a specially developed App-Checker, companies will be able to protect their mobile infrastructure from malicious apps. Because of the ever-increasing and more diverse requirements of companies and government agencies regarding informational security, TUV AUSTRIA BIC. has expanded its services in the area of IT security by acquiring a majority stake in Systemhaus SPP. SPP offers individually tailored services and a comprehensive product portfolio for the optimization of security in companies and public institutions.
The company has over 25 years of experience in the effective IT security sector and maintains excellent relationships with international manufacturers in the core areas of its service portfolio. In addition to improved market penetration through integrated solutions, the acquisition also furthers the internationalization of the Group.

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