Thursday, 7 February 2019

The «New Silk Roads’ Development» passes through Greece

       Swiss Approval Technische Bewertung and Swiss Approval Lloyds, members of the International Network of the Swiss Certification and Inspection Body, are honored to hosting a delegation of esteemed officials from Egypt on Monday 28th January 2019, in the frame of the event "New Silk Roads’ Development”, which took place at the premises of the Welding Greek Institute in Elefsina, Greece.
       The main speaker of the event was the former Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr. Essam Abdelaziz Ahmed Sharaf. Moreover, the following esteemed participants were among the invited guests: Mr Mohamed Abdelkader Abdalla Gaballa, President & CEO of SUEZ CANAL SHIPING AGENCIES CO, and Mr Ismail Abouzid, Ambassador of the United Nations.
       Furthermore, many significant personalities attended the event, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Marine and Islands’ Policy, Mr. Lampridis Christos, the Special Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Mr. Kourmoussis Fotis, the President of Small & Medium Sized Industries Chamber of Piraeus Mr. Michalaros Andrianos, the former Minister and Professor of the University of Piraeus, Mr. Katsanevas Theodoros, the famous Greek artist Mr. Talaganis Dimitrios as well as important Greek entrepreneurs from the industries of Marine, Energy, Healthcare, etc.
       Based on the geostrategic and political-economic alliance of the two countries, in the context of the modern vision of  "New Silk Roads", Greece, from antiquity to the present, remains a hub for the developments and the interconnection from East to West, on important sectors of the economic growth such as shipping, energy, transportation, communications and medical tourism.
       Swiss Approval continues to supporting the extroversion and enhancement of the business dynamics of the Greek companies inside and outside country’s borders. By its high level of expertise, and professional experience has been playing an active role for more than 20 years, transferring know-how, upgrading quality of products and services, and ensuring the implementation of high standards in large-scale construction and industrial projects.

Find below photos of the event.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Awareness Seminar on the International Standards on Healthcare Services in Philippines

On 29th & 30th October 2018, Ms Angela Katsapi, the Executive Director of Swiss Approval International conducted consecutive lectures on the new trends and best practices in the healthcare services industry in Philippines. The event was organized by HealthCore, in collaboration with the Department of Health, Philippine Hospital Association, and the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines.

The purpose of the event was to promote quality of care and patient safety in healthcare facilities of the governmental and private sectors.

In specific, the training/awareness seminar was referring at the Implementation Guidelines and Best Practices for the Audit and Certification of Quality Management Systems (QMS) and Patient Safety in Healthcare Services. Furthermore, the European standard for Quality Management Systems in Healthcare Services, BS EN 15224:2016 was presented, focusing at Clinical Risk Management principles, setting as primary goals the patients’ safety and enhancement of quality in care.

Swiss Approval International is the first Certification Body, worldwide, accredited by UKAS for the standard BS EN 15224 and, by its audit teams consisting of healthcare professionals, provides a specialized frame of implementation and compliance evaluation techniques for clinical performance and effectiveness.

Swiss Approval International is a world leader in the field of Technical Inspection and Certification sector, incorporating experience, scientific expertise, innovation and technical know-how, principally in the area of South East Europe, Middle East and ASEA.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Swiss Approval International achieving broader recognition, worldwide. Award of Accreditation by the American Accreditation Body, UAF (United Accreditation Federation) for Swiss Approval MS Certification Services

Swiss Approval International accomplished Accreditation by UAF for its Certification Services of Management Systems in a wide range of applicable standards and scopes in accordance with the updated accreditation standard ISO 17021-1:2015.

Aiming at a broad recognition over the globe, fulfilling at the same time its goals of sustaining business through a robust frame of certification and compliance audit services based on high quality, specialization, independency, reliability and trust, Swiss Approval expands its competence being accredited by the United Accreditation Federation.

UAF is full member of International Accreditation Forum (IAF)IAF is the world association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies around the globe. UAF is, also, full member of Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC), which is an association of accreditation bodies and other interested parties whose objective is to facilitate trade and commerce among economies in the Asia Pacific region.

Swiss Approval is an International Certification and Inspection Body, with its headquarters based in Switzerland, consisting of a group of companies from different countries, proving over the years that commitment to quality and effective delivery of services contribute to business development and growth at various sectors.

Swiss Approval provides accredited certification services by UAF, at the following Management Systems’ areas:
ISO 9001:2015 – Quality management systems—Requirements.
ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental management systems – Requirements.
OHSAS 18001: 2007 – Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements.
ISO/IEC 27001:2013 - Information technology - Security techniques – Information security management systems – Requirements.
ISO 22000:2005 – Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain
ISO 13485:2016 - Medical Devices - Quality Management Systems - Requirements for Regulatory Purposes.
ISO 39001:2012 – Road traffic safety (RTS) management systems – Requirements with guidance for use.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Anti- bribery and Anti-Corruption Management Systems’ Certification

Anti-bribery and anti-corruption rules have been set as new strategic priorities in various sectors, and are being, definitely, linked to the developmental perspectives of any corporate activity which seeks sustainability, opportunities and effective handling of challenges in a wide range of legal and business environments.
Companies and their employees are expected to acting in accordance with the highest standards of ethical codes, and avoid any inappropriate action in alignment with laws around the world.
Big companies which are globally active maintain an Anti-Bribery and Anti- Corruption Policy to support commitment to integrity.
ISO organization introduces the new standard according to which Management Systems that control Anti-bribery and anti-corruption policies’ implementation of various enterprises, are being certified.
Swiss Approval International provides certification services for ISO 37001:2016.

ISO 37001:2016 sets out requirements and provides guidance for a management system designed to help an organization to prevent, detect and respond to bribery and comply with anti-bribery laws and voluntary commitments applicable to its activities.

New Services for an advanced Certified and ‘Secured’ Business Environment, by Swiss Approval International

Certificate of Compliance in accordance with the New European General Data Protection Regulation, by Swiss Approval

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes to force with significant changes compared to the previously applied framework, involving operational changes in organizations, changes in information management culture and structural demands.
In order to ensure full compliance with the New Regulation both citizens and legal entities (organizations, enterprises, companies) have to be adequately informed and, especially, enterprises have to work on an action plan to cover potential functional gaps against the new legal frame requirements.
EU aims to give its citizens more control over their personal data, their maintenance and retrieval.

Swiss Approval International by its specialized team of experts provides the service of a compliance audit against GDPR terms and, issues, certificates of compliance by the condition that all adjustments to the new regulatory frame have been achieved.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Swiss Approval International proves its Excellence in Healthcare Certification as The First UKAS Accredited Certification Body for BS/ SN/DIN EN15224

Swiss Approval Healthcare certification sector is among the highly specialized business segments of the Certification Body and proven to be the leader in the Healthcare certification market by achieving UKAS accreditation for the European Standard BS/DIN/SN EN 15224 - Healthcare Quality Management Systems. 

Swiss Approval International has an advanced strategy to developing specialization in various sectors aiming at a high quality level of the delivered service to the customers, by sustaining at the same time accuracy and significant process- standardization. By its specialized certification program and international auditors’ team that constitutes by healthcare quality experts, has proven its competence to audit medical services providers according to an effective and appropriately adjusted guideline to BS/DIN/SN EN 15224 standard criteria. Through its specialized application, the Certification Body ensures quality and safety effects, continuous improvement for healthcare customers, by using international methodologies and acknowledged tools of global institutions.

UKAS is the worldwide highly reputable Accreditation Body of the UK that processed the pilot accreditation program by the guidance of highly qualified assessors and experts for a period of 6 months.

Specialized certification programs shall determine the future of the certification sector; Swiss Approval introduces a new era in healthcare services by integrating international knowledge, and best practice at its auditing methods, in order to accomplish standardized healthcare services environments and the establishment of regular service control to reduce clinical risks and maximize clinical effectiveness.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

SWISS APPROVAL TECHNISCHE BEWERTUNG S.A.’s participation in Erasmus+ project “SAGRI” (Skills Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture)

    SWISS APPROVAL TECHNISCHE BEWERTUNG S.A., member of SWISS APPROVAL INTERNATIONAL Group of Companies, is honored to participate at  SAGRI project(Skills Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture) - an Erasmus+ project among other highly reputable scientific and academic institutions from Italy, Spain and Greece with the aim to delivering “Certification for skilled agricultural workers in accordance with sustainability principles and the international standard EN ISO/IEC 17024 for personnel certification. According to the SAGRI official goals, SAGRI “aims in advancing the skills of European agricultural workers (mainly farmers) and agricultural extension staff through the development of new curricula and teaching programmes that integrate in a practical way the latest developments in agricultural applied research. The purpose is to provide farmers and agricultural stakeholders knowledge, skills and competencies in the field of agro-environmental technology and sustainable agriculture”.  
    The project will take place in co-operation with the: Agricultural University of Athens, Eurotraining Educational Organization, Panhellenic Confederation of Unions of Agricultural Cooperative, Universidade de Evora, REGIBIO - Formação e Consultoria, Confederação dos Agricultores de Portugal, Universita Degli Studi della Basilicata, E.RI.FO.- Ente di Ricera e Formazione and the Confederazione Generale dell’ Agricoltura Italiana.
    SWISS APPROVAL TECHNISCHE BEWERTUNG S.A., contributes in the process of skills’ and qualifications’ analysis for agricultural workers. For that purpose, Swiss Approval undertakes the preparation of training and certification framework being the Only Certification Body participating in the program and ensuring transparency and international recognition for the granted certificates.