International Applications Achieves Successful Transition to New ISO Standard

International Applications (IAL), supplier of coatings, paint and consumables to the Car Refinish, OEM, Marine, Automotive Manufacture, Industrial and Composite industries, has successfully achieved the transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. The company previously earned certification under ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 and has been audited and registered annually by ACM since 2015.

International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 is the most updated standard of its kind and focusses on quality management systems and performance. It assists companies in developing a management system that aligns quality with their wider business strategy. There is a focus on risk-based thinking and accountability in all organisational processes that helps improve communication, efficiency and implementation of continuous improvement.

ISO 14001:2015 which is also an internationally recognised standard helps organisations demonstrate environmental commitment to their stakeholders and better management of environmental impact and risk. The certification requires the introduction and maintenance of systems that ensures all employees are familiar with them and the way they operate.

Llewelyn Mulder IAL’s Managing Director commented “We are very excited to have made the transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 and feel it provides additional assurance to our customers that we are focused on continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. Our move from the 2008 and 2004 standards to the updated standards demonstrates our desire to always perform at the highest levels of quality and efficiency, and ensures we deliver the best customer service."

For any company, the road to certification requires time and commitment. IAL began their internal preparations for certification and transition in October 2017, by evaluating their existing procedures and aligning them with the new requirements. Since their documentation and procedures were already well established and compliant with the 2008 and 2004 ISO standards, they only needed to make minor changes to their quality manual and overall processes and procedures to meet the new standards.

In February 2018, ACM performed the mandatory recertification and transit audit. They then notified IAL of their achievement of retaining ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, and successfully transitioning to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.

Not to rest on their laurels, IAL are now preparing to make the transition from British standard OHSAS18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management) to the new ISO standard (ISO 45001) which will take place in November. They are also sending a number of key personnel through auditor training to become certified internal auditors. This will then allow the company to complete internal audits in each department throughout the year and prior to their annual recertification audit.

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