All organisations work with personal data, whether it belongs to your employees or your customers. Recent legislation means that protecting that personal information is becoming increasingly important.
One of the best ways you can demonstrate your commitment to data protection is through the BS 10012 Personal Information Management system (PIMS).
The BS 10012 Standard helps businesses to develop processes for the acquisition, storage, handling and deletion of personal information by implementing a recognised management framework. More importantly, it helps you achieve compliance with legal requirements and nationally recognised good practice.
A Personal Information Management System will also help to ensure that your business handles data sensitively and ethically, proving to your customers that any information you collect about them is safe and handled responsibly.
Gaining BS 10012 certification will clearly demonstrate to your customers that you handle and process their personal information lawfully and fairly. This declaration can help to provide comfort to your customers in a world where their personal information is a valuable commodity.
In addition, certification will allow you to stand out in a crowded market – opening up opportunities for new contracts and enhancing your long-term performance.
Gaining BS 10012 certification with QMS is straightforward and can take as little as 45 days. Our expert consultants will work with you and your business to make the process as simple as possible.
This includes highlighting any improvements you need to make to your current business procedures.
A QMS Consultant will visit your Organisation to review and document your current processes and procedures, highlighting any areas that do not meet the requirements of the Standard.
Now it's time to make sure any required process or procedural changes are made, as highlighted in the Review. QMS can provide templates to assist you in doing this.
Once you have achieved certification the certification cycle will commence. This is made up of surveillance and re-certification audits, one of which must take place each year, around the anniversary of your certification. These visits confirm your continued compliance with the Standard and verify the validity of your certification.
The cost of certification depends on several factors. These include your sector, annual turnover, and number of employees. We will also need to know if you require industry specific accreditation (such as ASCB or UKAS).
However, QMS is committed to providing a cost-effective route to BS 10012 certification. That’s why we focus on making the process straightforward. We will save you money because, instead of creating complex document trails, we will build a Personal Information Management System that works for you.
Find out how affordable BS 10012 certification really is by using our Fee Calculator and we’ll email you a bespoke quote immediately.
From your first consultation with our experts through to certification can take as little as 45 days. However, this does depend on the size and complexity of your business.
Our 3-stage certification process ensures you get the help you need at every step. We can even create your Personal Information Management System manual for you – saving you time and money.
Once you have achieved BS 10012 certification, you will need to pass an audit each year. This will ensure your business continues to benefit from complying with the Standard. Your first audit will happen one year after you receive your BS 10012 Certification.
For more on what it takes to achieve BS 10012 certification, please talk to one of our experienced Certification Development Consultants.
At QMS we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how BS 10012 and Management Systems in general work.