Have you ever taken a moment in your day to consider why or how people around the world have the same practices in place? Is it coincidence that every credit and debit card out there fits into the same ATM machine? Was it simply luck that our kettle leads work on so many appliances? Was it chance that made everyone’s letterboxes the same size? Did you ever consider that this could all be because of International Standards?
When you wake up in the morning and switch on the coffee percolator, you will have already been impacted by a number of Standards determining the coffee and water content and the ways in which the coffee was stored and transported.
Standards have been around for decades, there are currently 19,100 international standards in use, ensuring consistency and quality throughout. For example the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard is now used by over 1,064,000 organisations around the world today, its origins can be traced all the way back to the end of the Second World War where the development of a formalised quality system kept military supplies consistent. The results were so effective that the Standard was revised over the years and integrated into a diverse range of organisations, improving services and products in order to consistently meet the growing expectations of their customers.
Even today new standards are being published influencing things like Fireworks, Facilities management, Sustainable development in communities and Railway applications. Standards play an essential role in our lives, they not only make everyday tasks more practical but they safeguard us as well.
QMS International plc is an international certification body based in the UK. Having provided more than 20,000 certifications around the world our aim is to help businesses improve services, functionality, productivity and revenue. Our philosophy has always been to ‘Keep it Simple’ which is why our certification process has been so successful. We assess and certify organisations from a variety of industries to Standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 27001.
So if you would like to find out more about the Standards we certify and how they can help your organisation, you can read more at www.qmsuk.com.