Kim Karotki

ISO 9001 and 14001 – latest ver­si­on now adop­ted (1)

Suc­cess­ful chan­geo­ver for our qua­li­ty manage­ment system

By Sep­tem­ber 2018, busi­nes­ses are requi­red to have swit­ched to the 2015 ver­si­on of cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on gover­ning their qua­li­ty manage­ment and envi­ron­men­tal manage­ment sys­tems. Klasmann-Deilmann’s Qua­li­ty Manage­ment team based in Gees­te opted for a swift chan­geo­ver and has alrea­dy adop­ted the most recent ver­si­ons. Here, in our two-part report, you can read about the chan­ges that have resulted.

Our qua­li­ty manage­ment and envi­ron­men­tal manage­ment sys­tems are based on the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 stan­dards respec­tively. The­se stan­dards have been com­pre­hen­si­ve­ly revi­sed, and their new ver­si­ons put into effect in Sep­tem­ber 2015. As Klasmann-Deilmann was alrea­dy mee­ting vir­tual­ly all of the new requi­re­ments at this time, our experts deci­ded that the new (2015) stan­dards should be rapidly adopted.

Josef Reh­me, in char­ge of Qua­li­ty Manage­ment at Klasmann-Deilmann, says: “The ISO 9001:2015 stan­dard repres­ents a para­digm shift. Whe­re­as the pre­vious focus was on qua­li­ty assuran­ce, now it’s about stra­te­gic qua­li­ty manage­ment. This means we will be taking an even more proac­ti­ve approach and gau­g­ing risks in advan­ce.” Orga­ni­sa­ti­ons are now also respon­si­ble for loo­king at pro­ces­ses and how they inter­re­la­te, and here, too, for eva­lua­ting and asses­sing risks and oppor­tu­nities ahead of time.

The ‘con­text’ of a busi­ness now plays a more important part. Com­pa­nies are now requi­red to inde­pendent­ly con­si­der which issu­es are cen­tral to their stra­te­gic ori­en­ta­ti­on and should the­re­fo­re be inte­gra­ted into the qua­li­ty manage­ment sys­tem. This neces­si­ta­tes clo­se inter­ac­tion bet­ween qua­li­ty manage­ment and cor­po­ra­te gover­nan­ce: the requi­re­ments pla­ced on qua­li­ty manage­ment sys­tems must be incor­po­ra­ted into all of the organisation’s busi­ness processes.

Our pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies’ qua­li­ty assuran­ce stan­dard for gro­wing media is cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on by the Dut­ch foun­da­ti­on ‘Rege­ling Han­dels Pot­g­ron­den’ (RHP) which is among the most strin­gent in the world. When our pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny at Bru­ges, Bel­gi­um is cer­ti­fied under the RHP-PCS (Pro­duc­tion Cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on Sche­me), for which it is cur­r­ent­ly pre­pa­ring, then all of our busi­ness loca­ti­ons will bear this RHP seal of approval.

Fol­low this link to the second part of our seri­es: ISO 14001.