What is a standard?
A standard is a published document that provides procedures, requirements, specifications, and guidelines that are designed to be used consistently to ensure that systems, processes products and services are safe and fit for their purpose.
Standards are not legal documents but may be referenced in legislation and thus become mandatory.
Who develops them?
The ISO group of standards is governed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). This includes ISO9001 Quality Management System, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
Australian standards are governed by Standards Australia. Standards Australia is Australia’s peak non-government Standards organisation. It is charged by the Commonwealth Government to meet Australia’s need for contemporary, internationally aligned Standards and related services.
How are they developed?
Standards are developed by a panel of experts that are endorsed by a technical committee. Committee Members are typically representatives of consumers, industry, and government as well as academics and technical experts who come together to determine how a system should perform or how a product should be made and to negotiate a draft standard or an update to a standard.
Compass Assurance Services is an Accredited Conformity Assessment Body with the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).
This entitles Compass to certify management systems in the fields of Quality, Safety and Environment. The criteria for the audits of your management system is often International and Australian & New Zealand standards such as ISO9001, AS/NZS 4801, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 and other normative documents. At the successful conclusion of the certification process we provide accredited certificates endorsing your management systems compliance with the relevant standard.
Compass also provides assurance to other industry or risk specific and niche standards such as ISO31000 and AS 1940
Can't see the standard you're looking for?
Contact us and speak to one of our helpful team about your certification needs. We can offer certification to smaller, niche standards and to other non-accredited (non-ISO) standards as well.
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