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20th September 2017 Issue no. 378
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SSAIB audits first company to latest ISO 9001 standard
SSAIB, the UK and Ireland's leading security, fire and telecare certification body, has certificated its registered firm, MRP Alarms, to the latest ISO 9001 quality management systems standard.
Importantly, while Harrogate-based MRP Alarms was already audited to the previous (2008) version of ISO 9001 for the installation of wired and wireless intruder alarm systems, it sought benchmark certification to this updated ISO 9001: 2015 standard as part of the company's commitment to the highest level of quality assurance for its residential and commercial customers.
MRP Alarms' achievement follows SSAIB's own recent UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to ISO 9001:2015, enabling SSAIB to audit companies to the revised standard. ISO 9001 helps organisations demonstrate to their customers that they can offer products and services of consistently good quality. It also acts as a tool to streamline their processes and make them more efficient at what they do. The 2015 edition's introduction followed more than three years' revision work by experts from nearly 95 participating and observing countries to bring the standard up to date with modern needs. This includes compatibility with other management systems such as ISO 14001 (for which SSAIB is also UKAS-accredited).
Established some 30 years ago, MRP Alarms installs and maintains its clients' intruder alarm systems in compliance with all relevant British and European standards, while the firm's engineers are fully NVQ/City & Guilds qualified. Company owner Mark Peretti comments that its fresh accreditation to ISO 9001:2015 demonstrates "our commitment to the highest standards of quality assurance, which underpins everything we do and helps to ensure we maximise our customer service levels. This management system standard also offers benefits though our increased efficiency and improved business performance".
SSAIB Chief Executive Alex Carmichael adds that SSAIB's UKAS accreditation to certificate organisations against the latest ISO 9001:2015 quality management systems standard will enable existing SSAIB registered firms to update their own existing ISO 9001:2008 accreditation to this latest standard by the deadline of September 2018. The latest edition is less prescriptive than its predecessor, focusing instead on performance, and the 2015 version is designed to be easily integrated with other management systems.
Founded in 1994 and based in Tyne & Wear, SSAIB is the leading Certification Body for organisations providing electronic security systems, guarding security services, fire protection, alarm and telecare services systems in the UK and Republic of Ireland. In addition to its product schemes, SSAIB offers a range of management systems certification schemes, including ISO 9001 quality management systems certification and ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification. Over 1700 companies are now on SSAIB's register.
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