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. 


Thursday, 6 October 2016

IRCA Certified ISO 9001:2015 QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor (A18126) & SN/DIN EN 15224 Training, by SWISS APPROVAL INTERNATIONAL

      Swiss Approval International, the worldwide active Certification and Inspection Body in various sectors, provides integrated and high-end seminars for ISO 9001:2015 QMS Auditors/Lead Auditors, authorized and accredited by IRCA and supervised by the International Auditors Training Body, IQCS.
      This course meets the International Register of Certificated Auditors Criteria, IRCA/9153 in order to provide delegates with the essential knowledge and skills to perform first, second and third-party audits of quality management systems against ISO 9001, in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021, as applicable.
      Delegates who complete this IRCA Certified QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Training course successfully will satisfy the training requirements for initial certification as an IRCA QMS auditor that is a professional qualification globally acknowledged.
      Along with ISO 9001:2015 curriculum, the participants have the option to select an extra program for the recently released SN/ DIN EN 15524 standard for Quality Management Systems in Healthcare services.
      SN / DIN EN 15224 System is the European standard for Quality Management Systems in Healthcare Services, which focuses in Risk Management principles and aims at the implementation of specific requirements in order to meet the specialized needs and operational conditions of the healthcare providers (hospitals and clinics, diagnostic centers, etc.) and specialized units (including assisted reproductive units-IVF clinics, dental facilities and clinics, rehabilitation and recovery centers etc.), setting as primary goals, the patients’ safety and enhancement of quality in care.       

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
• Explain the purpose of a quality management system, quality management systems standards, management system audit, third party certification and the business benefits of improved performance of the quality management system
•  Explain the role and responsibilities of an auditor and, eventually, be ready to Plan, conduct, report and follow-up an audit of a quality management system to establish conformity (or otherwise) with ISO 9001 (and SN/ DIN EN 15224 in case it is selected) and in accordance with ISO 19011, and ISO/IEC 17021, as applicable. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• Delegates who wish to subsequently practice as QMS experts/ consultants / auditors.
• Management Representatives, internal auditors, 2nd party & 3rd party auditors that wish to provide “value added” QMS audit to enable Continual Improvement.

TUTORS
         IRCA Authorized and approved Lead Tutors / Tutors who are highly qualified and professional graduates, with a vast experience in the fields of Quality Assurance, Environmental Management Systems, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and familiar with variations of the MS applications among different countries and sectors.

DATES

IRCA Certified ISO 9001:2015 QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Seminar will be held in Balerna, Switzerland from 28th November to 2nd December 2016.

Auditors’ training seminar for the SN/ DIN EN 15224. After the completion of the 5-day training course, delegates will have the opportunity to attend a One- Day course for SN/DIN EN 15224. This one-day seminar will take place on 3rd December 2016 in Balerna, Switzerland.

To see the course’s program, please press here.
To complete the Registration form, please click here.

For any question or clarification needed, please do not hesitate to contact us to the following email: info@swissapproval.ch

We are Looking Forward to welcoming you to our Training Programs for Sharing Experience and Knowledge
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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The philosophy of ISO 9001:2015

Antonis Louloudis, CQP MCQI, is head of SWISS APPROVAL TECHNISCHE BEWERTUNG SA/TUV Rheinland, representative office at the North Hellas Branch in Thessaloniki, Greece, a leading certification and notification body for quality system certification and industrial inspections.

As part of a series of articles on the challenges and benefits of ISO 9001:2015 transition, Andrew Holt asked Antonis about addressing the challenges.

What are the critical challenges you face in auditing organisations managment systems against the requirements of ISO 9001:2015?

I think there are new challenges in the new standard for consultants and auditors. One of the most important require documented information instead of paper. Organisations are used to paper, but now they have to prove to the auditor that they conform to the new standard without using all this paper work and demonstrate their compliance to using computer systems. This is an important new challenge.

There is another issue about differentiation between external and internal parties. We need a gap analysis between the old and new standard to help organisations understand the new requirement. We need to see the context of the system.

Why is this such an issue?

This is difficult because Greek companies do not own their systems. They only use the system and follow the rules guided by consultants. They do not own them because they do not take the time in order to work with the systems. They do not understand that this is a useful tool for marketing, for organisation, for all of the operation of companies.

What organisations need to understand is the requirement philosophy is different: you have to own the system. You have to answer the questions of the context of the organisation. Also, some of them do not know the difference between risk and opportunity and their meanings.

How can auditors best prepare to audit top management commitment?

Auditors have to study again and again the 19011 auditing procedures (Guidelines for auditing management systems). I think this standard has to be revised as well. Auditors should study the context of the organisation before the audit.     

In Greece, we also have another issue. We have many laws for the same thing. And sometimes you need to be a lawyer to understand. It is complicated.

What do auditors need to do to address these requirements?

Companies have to understand the context and then decide the scope of the certification. Most decide the scope before. So I tell them: go to the Annex of the standard and read what is meant by context and then we will decide what is the scope. The new standard requires study.

Are business leaders doing enough to understand what is required of them as a result of ISO 9001:2015?

Not here in Greece. Training will help. But training costs money. And many companies do not want to spend money or invest in training.

What is the key auditing difference between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015?

I think it is an improvement of the standard. It is a standard for grown-up people. It is not just rules, it is a philosophy.

Annex SL has been described as the “big opportunity” for ISO standard-based management systems – how do you think organisations, business leaders and auditors can realise this opportunity?

First, we have to understand the opportunity of change. The standard helps in order to understand and develop the changes.

What have you seen in Greece when it comes to transition to the standard?

The first companies certified in Greece against the new standard are not the biggest, they are quite small. Also the companies of the public-state are not very interested. This is because they have no money for training. On the other hand, the hotel sector, a big part of the Greek economy, want to be certified against the new standard.     


Friday, 3 June 2016

SWISS APPROVAL INTERNATIONAL supports the connection of sustainable Wine production to tourism and hospitality services in Crete

Ms. Angela Katsapi, Executive Director in Healthcare & Hospitality Sectors of Swiss Approval International, participated in the first workshop of FUTOURIS e.V. Project, held on 21 & 22 May 2016, in Heraklion, at the hotel Agapi Beach Hotel & winery LYRARAKIS wines.

The main aim of Futouris’ Project  is to link sustainable Wine production with the hosting services of Crete. The first working meeting of the FUTOURIS’ Project e.V. is a part of a series of actions launched in the tourism exhibition ITB Berlin 2016 and it is going to continue in Greece and Germany topping the presence of their conclusions at the end of 2017.


The core interest of the program was to give a new dimension to the possibilities of creating a viable holiday destination structures (sustainable destination) emphasizing the protection, the needs of residents of the destination and the promotion of wine and cultural assets. 

Sustainability and quality assurance principles were also highlighted in the frame of the event.