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Each month we are going to be featuring a different member of our Consultants Connect Scheme.

AvISO Consultants

This information should help your business to understand how working with any of the consultants who are members of the SGS Consultants Connect Scheme can support the implementation of an effective management system.

This month we are featuring AvISO Consultancy Ltd. Read on to find out more.

Tell us a bit about your company…

 

AvISO Consultancy offers software, training and consultancy solutions for managing risk, compliance, and governance - this includes effective and efficient solutions to ISO certification requirements. We have an industry-leading reputation, and a 100% success rate with ISO certification, and are proud to be a member of the SGS Consultants Connect Scheme. We are also enormously proud to be certified to ISO 9001:2015 and hold a cyber essentials certification.

 

AvISO provides support to organisations at all stages of ISO certification, from the implementation of an entirely new system, internal auditing, and maintenance through to the improvement and upgrade of existing systems. We also provide legal registers and compliance support, second party audits and software solutions. We are a progressive company always striving to take management systems to a new and more user-friendly level.

 

We can provide free, no-obligation workshops on all projects, including but not limited to:

 

  • Systems implementation

  • Management system maintenance

  • Internal audits

  • Gap analysis

  • Supplier and second party audits

  • Legal compliance obligations

AvISO is immensely proud to be in partnership with ISOvA.

 

ISOvA has been designed to reduce the effort and cost of complying with ISO standards, by providing a cloud-based integrated management system at an affordable monthly subscription with an easy-to-follow online platform powered by Microsoft 365 Teams. 

What standards do you cover? 

Core standards:

  • ISO 9001 – quality management system standard

  • ISO 14001 – environmental management system standard

  • ISO/IEC 27001 – information security management system standard

  • ISO 45001 – health and safety management standard

  • ISO 50001 – energy management standard

  • ISO 20121 – event sustainability management system standard

  • TISAX – information security for the automotive industry 

Quality standards:

  • ISO 9001 – quality management system standard

  • ISO 17024 – conformity assessment of the certification of persons

  • ISO 17025 – the competence of testing and calibration in laboratories

  • ISO 44001 – collaborative working

  • LEXCEL – legal management  

Information security standards and business continuity:

  • ISO/IEC 27001 – information security management system standard

  • ISO 27701 – privacy management standard

  • ISO 22301 – business continuity management standard

  • ISO 20001 – information technology service management part 1

  • ISO 30071 – digital accessibility standard

  • ISO 37001 – anti-bribery management system standard

  • TISAX – information security for the automotive industry

  • Cyber essentials – cyber security  

Carbon, sustainability and environmental standards

  • ISO 14001 – environmental management system standard

  • ISO 50001 – energy management standard

  • ISO 20121 – event sustainability management system standard

  • ISO 14067 – carbon calculator

  • BES 6001 – responsible sourcing of construction products

  • BS 8900 – guidance for managing sustainable development

  • ISO 14064:1 – quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals

  • ISO 14046 – water footprint

  • ISO 14067 – greenhouse gases: carbon footprint of products

  • PAS 2060 – carbon neutrality

  • Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

  • Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)

  • Energy audits

  • Environmental Product Declarations 

Automotive and aeronautical standards

  • IATF 16949 – automotive quality management system standard

  • AS 9100 – aerospace quality management system (AQMS)

  • TISAX – information security for the automotive industry 

Food safety standards

  • ISO 22000 – food safety management standard  

Agricultural standards

  • FIAS – fertiliser, security and traceability  

Other:

  • MOD standards 

What are two pieces of advice for companies looking to implement certification? 

1 – Keep it simple and keep it focused. It is very easy to let any management system become burdensome with unnecessary procedures and tasks. Focus on what is essential and what you can influence. Ensure you get buy-in across the organisation by engaging people and making sure that your management system is a true reflection of your organisation, risks, objectives and culture.

 

2 – Leadership. Leadership commitment is incredibly important to all aspects of your business, including the success of a management system. When people see buy-in from the leadership team, they are much more likely to get behind everything you are trying to achieve. Evidence of leadership is not just a requirement of every management system standard - it is essential for it to work and add value. 

What are the main advantages you see clients realising after implementing certification? 

There is a vast selection of benefits from implementing management systems, regardless of it being, quality, environmental or information security. It provides all organisations with a framework to ensure that their processes and procedures are robust, add value, and that their compliance obligations are met.

 

Ultimately, it proves to a global audience that they can trust in the organisation to work to a certain “standard” and that their processes and procedures have been audited against an international standard by a UKAS accredited certification body. 

Why do AvISO work with SGS through the Consultants Connect Scheme? 

We have always had a very positive working relationship with SGS United Kingdom Ltd and have always found their auditors, and the wider team, to be professional, friendly and helpful. Our experience of SGS auditors is that they have an exceptional wealth of knowledge and technical expertise and they always bring real value to the audits. 

Any other advice or information you want people to be aware of regarding certification? 

Implementation of a management system requires your time and honesty. The more you put in the more you will get out of it. 

 

Challenge your consultant, if you do not agree with the advice given ask why, often there is another way to comply with the standard in question.

 

A well-implemented management system can be much more than the sum of its parts and can help any organisation. If you are not getting value from your management system, ask why?

 

For more information, please visit us at:
AvISO | ISO London | ISO 14001 ISO 9001 Consultants London, Kent and South East (avisoconsultancy.co.uk)

 

Disclaimer

 

In accordance with ISO 17021-1:2015, SGS does not provide consultancy with regards to management systems implementation. SGS remains impartial from all partners within the Consultants Connect Scheme and we do not recommend one member over another.

 

The consultants featured in these pieces do not work for SGS - they are independent organizations who are members of the SGS Consultants Connect Scheme.