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Certification Programs

Driving improvement is a constant challenge for organizations. UMB can supply you with the technical and business expertise to simplify that challenge, whatever business you are in. Providing independent, second and third party certified assessment services, we offer you one of the most widely recognizable symbols of excellence and assurance, the StandardsMark™.
Food Safety
Information Security
Forestry

Management Certification

Driving improvement is a constant challenge for organizations.
UMB can supply you with the technical and business expertise to simplify that challenge, whatever business you are in.

Providing independent, second and third party certified assessment services, we offer you one of the most widely recognizable symbols of excellence and assurance, the StandardsMark™.

The StandardsMark™   is a mark of quality licensed to companies and products that have met the rigorous requirements of management systems or product Standards.

Please click on the links on the left to find out about our wide range of Assurance Services tailored to every industry sector, including automotive, aerospace, food, packaging and many more.

Quality Management

Inpiring the confidence of customers and staff, breaking down barriers between departments, and reaching defined business objectives - all of these goals are achievable through the implementation of a dynamic and robust Quality Management System. Quality Management Systems with ISO 9001 certification, the world's most recognised business management standard, have been adopted across all industry types, from manufacturing through professional service organizations. Some of the benefits include helping an organization to achieve consistent business processes and drive measurable, cost-saving performance improvements.

Business Management System Solution(9001:2008)
Since the first release ISO 9001 over 30 years ago, by ISO (International Organization for Standardization), more than one million organizations worldwide have adopted the principles and achieved certification to the requirements of ISO 9001, Quality Management System. Today's version provides organizations with a comprehensive process-focused framework upon which you can build business processes that lead to the successful achievement of organizational objectives. Organizations that implement an effective business management system create a confidence among their stakeholders in the capability of their processes and the reliability of their products and or services; while at the same time, benefiting from improved risk management. In addition, an effective business management system serves to create the basis for continual improvement leading to increased customer satisfaction and ultimately to the success of the organization. The ISO 9000 Family of Standards includes: ISO 9000 which serves to identify and define the fundamentals and vocabulary for a Business Management System (QMS); ISO 9001 which specifies the requirements for a QMS where the capability to provide a product and or service that meets customer and regulatory mandates needs to be demonstrated; ISO 9004 which provides valuable guidance on the application of ISO 9001 that directly contributes to enhanced customer satisfaction.

ISO 9001:2008 - world's leading Management System Standard
Globally adopted in virtually all industries - from manufacturers and service companies, to companies both large and small, multi-site multi-national organizations and single location businesses, ISO 9001 has become the most widely recognized Management System Standard.
The principles upon which ISO 9001:2008 is based include:

• Customer Focus
• Leadership
• Involvement of People
• Process Approach
• System Approach to Management
• Continual Improvement
• Factual Approach to Decision Making and
• Mutually Beneficial Supplier Relationship

The StandardsMark™ is a mark of quality licensed to companies and that have met the rigorous requirements of the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard. It's a proven and instant way for consumers to recognise that your company is committed to meeting and maintaining world standards for quality, continuous improvement, and customer satisfaction.

Food Safety

Food Safety Management Systems - HACCP, BRC, ISO 22000 and more

Over recent decades changes in our eating habits have resulted in new food & beverage production, storage & preparation practices. These new practices have come to the attention of governments and regulators who have imposed stringent requirements upon the food and beverage sector. Furthermore, segments within the industry have also raised their expectations of suppliers. Such demands have highlighted the need for a consistent approach to food and beverage management.

UMB has kept pace with global trends in food safety, whether they be government mandated, voluntary or industry schemes, purchasing requirements of supermarkets or based on International Standards.

Food Safety Management
These days management systems need to take into account not only basic food regulations and acceptable workplace practices, but also include contingency plans for potential crises such as product recall.

ISO 22000

About The Standard;

ISO 22000 takes a whole chain approach to food safety, providing a standard that isn't just for food processors, but goes all the way from the farm to the fork including packaging and ingredient suppliers, caterers, storage & distribution facilities, chemical and machinery manufacturers and can be applied to primary producers such as farms. The ISO22000 standard is an ISO/PDTS22003 accredited program designed to ensure safe food supply chains worldwide.

ISO 22000 extends the successful management system approach of the ISO 9001:2000 quality management system standard which is widely implemented in all sectors but does not itself specifically address food safety by incorporating the principles of Codex HACCP.

The development of ISO 22000 was based on the assumption that the most effective food safety systems are designed, operated and continually improved within the framework of a structured management system, and incorporated into the overall management activities of the organization.

Global Gap

GLOBALGAP's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Standard was introduced by FoodPLUS GmbH, a derivative of GLOBALGAP, to raise standards in the production of fresh fruit and vegetables. It is internationally recognised by European retailers. Certification to the Standard ensures a level playing field in terms of food safety and quality, and proves that growers are prepared to constantly improve systems to raise standards.

GLOBALGAP (formerly EUREPGAP) was set up by the German-based company EHI and is made up of leading European food retailers. With a membership of over 500 companies, GLOBALGAP is committed to creating international standards for agriculture.

BRC

What the standard covers:
In 1998 the British Retail Consortium (BRC), responding to industry needs, developed and introduced the BRC Food Technical Standard to be used to evaluate manufacturers of retailers own brand food products.

The main requirements of this standard are the adoption of HACCP, a documented quality management system and control of factory environmental standards, process and personnel.
In a short space of time, this Standard has become invaluable to other organisations across the sector. It was, and still is, regarded as the benchmark for best practice in the food industry.This and its use outside the UK has seen it evolve into a Global Standard used not just to assess retailer suppliers, but as a framework upon which many companies have based their supplier assessment programmesand manufacture of some branded products.

Benefits of the standard:
It is designed to be used as a pillar to help retailers and brand owners with their 'due diligence' defence, should they be subject to a prosecution by the enforcement authorities. Under EU food Law, retailers and brand owners have a legal responsibility for their brands.

Your BRC audit can be seamlessly combined with an IFS Audit

UMB is able to offer cost a effective service through a single audit using a combined checklist

Allows management to schedule a single audit for multiple standards and reduces audit time compared with standalone audits

Addresses 'deviations and non-conformities' in a coordinated manner through your BRC/IFS Certification Team

Makes it possible to issue separate reports and certificates simultaneously against each standard through just one audit.

HACCP

HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a risk management system that identifies, evaluates, and controls hazards related to food safety throughout the food supply chain. While all seven HACCP principles are included in the ISO 22000 standard, it may still be implemented as a separate risk management system.

A HACCP program can be implemented for control of physical, biological, and chemical risks throughout your operations. The plan helps assure regulating authorities and customers that you are taking every reasonable precaution to assure food safety. It also helps you reduce contamination-related food losses and improve the design of new food products.

HACCP plan principles:
Identification of food hazards and the necessary risk control measures
Identification of the food safety Critical Control Points (CCPs)
Determination of the critical limits for each CCP
Establish monitoring procedures for CCPs
Plan and take corrective action when critical limits are exceeded
Establish verification procedures for the HACCP FSMS system
Establish documentation and record keeping for the HACCP FSMS system

IFS

International Food Standard (IFS)
History and Introduction to Version 5 of the IFS Standard


Supplier audits have been a permanent feature of a retailer's systems and procedures for many years now. Until 2003 they were preformed by qualified QA Departments of the individual European retailers and wholesalers. With the ever-rising demands of consumers, the increasing liabilities of retailers and wholesalers, the increasing of legal requirements and the globalisation of product supply, all made it essential to develop a food safety standard.

Version 3 of the standard was developed by the German Retail Federation (HDE) and the standard was launched in 2003. In January 2004, an updated version, version 4, was designed and launched in collaboration with the French Retail Federation (FCD). In 2005/2006 the Italian Retail Federations showed an interest in the standard. At the end of 2005 IFS launched a consultation exercise and a project plan for version 5 of the standard. Version 5 was launched in August 2007 with an implementation date of the 1st January 2008.

The objectives of the International Food Standard are:

To establish a common standard with uniform evaluation systems
To work with accredited Certification Bodies
To ensure comparability and transparency throughout the entire supply chain
To reduce costs and time for both suppliers and retailers

What the standard covers

The IFS Food is a standard for auditing retailer and wholesaler branded food product suppliers / manufacturers. The food standard is designed for companies who undertake the following activities:

a) processing
b) handling of loose food products and / or
c) primary packing activities

The IFS Standard Document is split into 4 parts:

Part 1 Audit Protocol (The audit protocol describes the specific requirements made on organisations involved in IFS Food Audits)
Part 2 Requirements (The requirements section of the standard details the clauses that companies will be audited against)
Part 3 Requirements for Accreditation Bodies, Certification Bodies and Auditors (This section of the standard details the standard owner's requirements for Accreditation and Certification Bodies to ensure consistent application of the standard)
Part 4 Reporting, AuditXpress Software and the IFS Portal (This section of the standard details more information for Certification Bodies)

The requirements section of the Standard is divided into five chapters containing a total of 251 clauses.

The chapter headings are as follows:
Senior Management Responsibility
Quality Management System
Resource Management
Production Process
Measurements, Analysis, Improvements

Companies preparing for an IFS Audit will find a checklist in Annex 5 of the Standard, this checklist is a great tool and it can be used for internal audit purposes or to undertake a gap analysis in preparation for your initial IFS Version 5 audit.

Benefits of the scheme
IFS Certification can offer a number of key benefits to companies striving for excellence in quality and customer satisfaction, and seeking a competitive advantage in their marketplace:

Purchasing Benefits:
Improved confidence in suppliers and products
Reduced time spent on supplier screening
Less time spent reworking or returning product outside specification
Due diligence defence
Expert witness
Ability to reduce individual inspection costs by combining a variety of different inspections at the same time

Production Benefits:
Improved understanding between management and staff relating to standards and procedures
Monitoring of compliance with food regulations
More effective use of resources
Reduction in the need for customer inspections
Due diligence defence
Expert witness
Ability to reduce total inspection time by combining a variety of different inspections at the same time

Marketing Benefits:
Improved business reputation as a supplier of high-quality product
Ability to trade with customers insisting on independent inspection
Use of the IFS logo and certificate to demonstrate compliance with the highest standards

Your IFS audit can be seamlessly combined with a BRC Audit providing the following benefits:
UMB is able to offer cost a effective service through a single audit using a combined checklist
Allows management to schedule a single audit for multiple standards and reduces audit time compared with standalone audits.
Addresses ' deviations and non-conformities' in a coordinated manner through your IFS/BRC Certification Team
Makes it possible to issue separate reports and certificates simultaneously against each standard through just one audit

Accepted by buyers
The Standard continues to be promoted by all member companies of the German HDE and French FCD retail federations, but also now has the support of the Italian retail associations Federdistribuzione, ANCC and ANCD

Who does the inspections?
As a result of our global capabilities we are able to fulfill IFS audits with a highly competent team of IFS Approved Auditors who have extensive experience of process technologies, HACCP and Quality Management systems.

All auditors are approved by IFS and have completed the following approval process:
Attended an in-house training course presented by an IFS approved trainer
Completed an IFS format CV detailing their education, training, experience, audit experience and technical product category and process knowledge
Passed the IFS written exam
Passed the IFS oral exam
Completed a training session with the IFS Certification Team

Who does the certification?
Certification decisions are made by members of the approved Certification Team. Certification Team members have detailed technical knowledge of manufacturing and product technologies, HACCP, QMS and expertise in the requirements of the standard and the standard owners / stakeholders expectations.

At the end of the audit clients are given an action plan document, the action plan provides details of the following:
IFS Requirement Number
IFS Requirement (clause text from the standard)
Level of Deviation / Non-conformance (B,C,D, Major or KO)
Detail of the Deviation / Non-conformance

The client then completes the following sections of the action plan and submits to the auditor for approval
Corrective Action to be taken (by the company)
Responsibility / Date / Status of Implementation (by the company)

The auditor then approves the action plan and forwards the completed action plan to the Certification Team. The Certification Team then review the following information:
The auditors notes made at the time of the audit
The final report
The completed action plan

In some cases it is necessary for the Certification Team to seek clarification from the auditor and/or the site. The certification decision is then made in line with the scoring and conditions of issuing audit reports and certificates section of the IFS Audit Protocol.

Once the certification process is complete your report, completed action plan and certification status details are uploaded on to the IFS Portal. On completion of this process your nominated representative will be sent a user name and password to allow access to the uploaded documents, from there you can control release of your report to IFS approved specifers or download your report for your distribution to other interested parties. You will also be able to sign up to the terms and conditions for use of the IFS Logo and download a copy of the logo.

SQF - International Food Safety

The SQF (Safe Quality Food) Program is a global food safety and quality certification program and management system designed to meet the needs of buyers and suppliers worldwide. It provides independent certification that a supplier's food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulations. This enables suppliers to assure their customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain.

The SQF Program provides two standards based on the type of food supplier:

The SQF 1000 Code for primary producers and growers
SQF 2000 Code for the manufacturing, processing and distribution sectors.

Both are based on the HACCP method and principles. SQF is designed primarily as a food safety program, but it is the only standard, recognized by GFSI, that incorporates a Quality certification component at Level Three. This allows suppliers to provide assurances that the food they produce, handle, prepare, process and distribute is of the highest quality, in addition to adhering to the strictest food safety standards.

The SQF Program was launched in 1994 in Australia and since 2004 has been administered by the SQF Institute (SQFI), a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). SQF certifications have been issued to thousands of companies operating in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and North and South America.

Globally Accepted and Locally Based
SQF is a globally trusted and accepted food safety and quality program. However, it is the only such program, recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Complimentary Code and Practical Guidance

The SQF Program offers wide-ranging documentary support to its stakeholders, most of which is provided on a complimentary basis or at minimal cost. The SQF Codes are available for download free of charge on the SQF website. Complimentary practical guidance is provided to assist suppliers in the development, implementation and maintenance of their SQF systems.

In addition to a general guidance document for both the SQF 1000 and SQF 2000 codes, the Program provides additional guidance documents on the application of the standards within specific food sector categories, such as egg processing and fresh produce pack house operations. These guidance documents are developed with the assistance of Technical Advisory Council (TAC) Subcommittees drawn from a field of external technical experts in the relevant food sectors, thus maintaining the integrity and independence of the SQF Program.

Why choose SQF ?

The SQF 2000 Code and Guidance documents for general food processing and specific food industry sectors.
Three levels of certification.
A third-party audit and annual certification that verifies the supplier is adhering to SQF's rigorous requirements.
Optional modules for responsible environmental, social and food defense practices.
SQF is a certification program endorsed by the Global Food Safe Initiative (GFSI).
The program involves a rigorous registration process for auditors.
Suppliers seeking SQF certification must appoint an SQF Practitioner to maintain and manage their system.
The Program provides additional tools such as guidance documents, self-assessments, audit checklists and voluntary modules to promote continual improvement of a supplier's SQF system

Environmental

Environmental sustainability is one of the biggest challenges we face in our global community. Organizations are conducting business within complex legal structures, while stakeholder demands are increasing and environmental performance expectations are becoming more onerous. To operate effectively in this environment organizations are now required to demonstrate proactive management of the environmental impacts of their business activities. Effective environmental management involves incorporating environmentally responsible practices into everyday business processes.

About the ISO 14001 Standard

ISO 14001 is an international standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) through dedicated technical committees representing approximately 150 countries around the world. Its purpose is to enable an organization of any type or size to develop and implement a policy committing it to prevention of pollution, compliance with legal and other requirements, and continual improvement.

The realization of this commitment will be a management system that recognizes and manages the primary environmental issues through awareness and assessment of applicable legal requirements, objectives for improvement, assignment of responsibilities, competent personnel, communications, procedures, controls and monitoring, emergency response capability, self correction and assessment, and internal reviews. These processes are to be based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle.

What is an Environmental Management System (EMS)?
An Environmental Management System is a framework, which can be integrated with existing business processes to effectively identify, measure, manage and control environmental impacts and hence environmental risks. An Environmental Management System also establishes the means for improving performance and moving towards environmental sustainability through best practice such as ISO 14001.

Occupational Health and safety

You take your Occupational Health and Safety responsibilities seriously, but how do you know you are meeting your obligations, and how do you prove it?

The management of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) risks is a minimum requirement in every workplace. An effective OHS Management System can help to establish the framework of compliance with the two fundamental elements of most OHS legislation:

That employers provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and without risk
That employees take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others

OHSAS 18001
Update your System

Key improvements in OHSAS 18001: 2007 include:
Greater harmonisation with ISO 9001 Quality and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Standards
A greater emphasis on the "health" as well as "safety" in maintaining a safe workplace
Inclusion of management systems planning tools, including the hierarchy of controls.
Requirements for consultation.
Strengthened requirements for investigation of incidents.

With these improvements, UMB is poised to further coordinate and integrate the approach to your audit. Your audit will focus on ensuring your system is designed to manage your risks, whether they are Health & Safety related, or other risk management themes such as risks to the environment or your quality reputation.

Our expertise lies in assisting organizations to demonstrate their commitment and develop their potential via independent assessments. Our auditors independently assess important areas of your operations, seeking clarification and proof that your goals and obligations are being met and report on the status of your system. These reports will enable you to make decisions or take action in a timely manner to give you the confidence that your Occupational Health & Safety commitments are being met.

Information Security

Organizations face many challenges in today's "online" world. The increase in security incidents resulting from online hackers, disgruntled employees, and the simple and accidental mishandling of information can - very quickly - damage a company's reputation, productivity and financial stability.

As a result, additional pieces of regulation and more statutory requirements are emerging; forcing companies to comply and seriously consider risk management. Certification of your management system helps to demonstrate that your system has been independently assessed by experts, and publicly shows your commitment to IT Security and ICT Governance.

International Standards & Frameworks
Standards such as ISO/IEC 27001 along with other frameworks and management system standards like COBIT, ISO 9001, ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000, can assist organizations in the development of appropriate governance. This may also enable their compliance with statutes and regulatory requirements, without "recreating" the wheel or duplicating existing and effective controls.

ISO 20000

IT Service Management sounds easy, but choosing the right model and solution can be key to your stakeholders and critical to your business. The recently updated Information Technology Information Library (ITILR) Version 3 has a life cycle approach, similar to the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle with, a strong focus on continual service improvement.

Inform
To successfully implement ITILR, you'll need a management system to monitor and track compliance of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with your customers. An Information Technology Service Management System (ITSMS) is a great foundation.

ISO/IEC 20000-1:2005 can be used as the criteria upon which to develop an ITILR based service improvement program for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving a documented ITSMS framework.

Implement…assess
Whether you are looking for scoping, risk assessment, milestone review or certification, UMB has the following solutions:

· Risk Assessment, Gap Assessment and Milestone Review
· Internal Audits (if you are not Certified by us)
· Certification to the international standard ISO/IEC 20000-1:2005 or Compliance with industry recognized standards such as ITILR
· Independent assessment and reports against your systems
· Independent checks to verify that claims you make on compliance statements, board reports can be verified.

ISO 27001

Information Security Management is about the protection of information assets from potential security breaches. It starts with reviewing risks, setting policies, processes and controls, and then implementing them throughout the organization.

It relates to all types of information - paper-based, electronic or other. An Information Security Management System (ISMS) helps determine how information is processed, stored, transferred, archived and destroyed.

A secure ISMS is one which ensures:
Confidentiality: so that only those who are authorized to see the information have access to it.
Integrity: so that the accuracy and completeness of the information is safeguarded by robust sourcing, processing, updating and storage processes
Availability: so that authorized users have access to information and associated assets, in the required forms, when they need it.

An International standard for Information Security Management
The Standard ISO/IEC 27001:2005 enables organizations to align with global standards of best practice information security management. They offer organizations a practical framework and functional guidelines to assist with the improvement of information security and to be recognized accordingly – worldwide.

ISO 27001 is now globally recognized as the standard against which organizations can be certified to. UMB performs audit and certification to this Standard.

Automotive Industry

The Automotive industry OEM's have recognized the growing need for an independent Quality System Registration Scheme and the accompanying efficiencies and value that could be realized in the supply chain by standardising system requirements.

As such, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), a group of OEM's and automotive trade associations whose common goal is to improve the quality of products to automotive customers worldwide, has been formed to lead the development effort.

The IATF has developed a common registration scheme for supplier 3rd party registration to the ISO/TS 16949 standard. The registration scheme includes third party auditor qualifications and common rules for consistent global registration.

What is ISO/TS 16949?
ISO/TS 16949:2009 specifies the quality system requirements for the design and development, production, installation and servicing of automotive related products. There are also customer specific requirements that are required by individual subscribing vehicle manufacturers.

In conjunction with ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009 is an ISO Technical Specification, which aligns existing American, German (VDA6.1), French (EAQF) and Italian (AVSQ) automotive quality systems standards within the global automotive industry, with the aim of eliminating the need for multiple certifications to satisfy multiple customer requirements.

ISO/TS 16949
Developed by the International Automotive Task Force or IATF, an International group of vehicle manufacturers, in collaboration with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), ISO/TS 16949:2002 is based on ISO 9001 and serves to specify quality management system requirements for the design and development, production, installation and servicing of automotive related products.

The Standard also includes Automotive OEM customer specific requirements as prescribed by the individual vehicle manufacturer.

Related Solutions
In addition to ISO/TS 16949, organizations within the Automotive Industry may find benefit in subscribing to other management systems including ISO 9001; the widely accepted Quality Management System Standard upon which ISO/TS 16949 is based.

Medical Laboratories

Biomedical Laboratory & Blood Bank accreditation is a program developed in partnership by the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) that will assess compliance with requirements for biomedical laboratories, blood banks, and transfusion services consistent with CSA standards, including ISO 15189 and Z902-04.

UMB-QMI is extremely excited to partner with the most recognized healthcare accreditation body in Canada, which provides accreditation services to hospitals and long-term care facilities through a peer-review survey process.

In this joint project with CCHSA, UMB-QMI's professional third party auditors will be part of every biomedical laboratory and blood bank survey that takes place in hospitals all over Canada. This adds tremendous value to the CCHSA process as our auditors have an independent, unbiased viewpoint, as well as compliance-based auditing experience to bring to the survey teams.

Telecommunication

In 1998 QuEST Forum (a group of service providers, suppliers, and liaisons dedicated to the Telecom industry) developed the TL 9000 Quality Management System (QMS) to meet the supply chain quality requirements of the worldwide telecommunicationsindustry. TL 9000 aims to achieve the following goals:

- Establish and maintain a common set of telecom QMS requirements, which reduces thenumber of standards for the industry.
- Foster a system that protects the integrity and use of telecom products hardware, software and services
- Define effective cost and performance-based measurements
- Drive continual improvement and enhance customer relationships
- Leverage the industry conformity assessment process

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS for TELECOMMUNICATIONS

The TL 9000 standard is the telecom industry's extension to ISO 9001 and includes supplemental requirements in the following areas:
- Performance measurements based on reliability of product
- Software development and life-cycle management
- Requirements for specialized service functions such as installation and engineering
- Requirements to address communications between telecom network operators and suppliers
- Reporting of quality measurement data to a central repository

A TWO-PART QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

TL 9000 is a two-part quality system with significant management and measurement components. In particular, TL 9000 registered organizations are required to comply with all clauses of ISO 9001, telecom specific requirements and measurements that apply to certain registrations and product categories.

Aerospace

Success in the increasingly competitive Aerospace Industry depends largely on an organization's ability to provide quality products and services which consistently meet customer expectations.

The Aerospace Quality Management System Standards, AS 9100, AS 9110, AS 9120, specific to the industry provide:

Internationally recognised frameworks for best practices
Addressing the unique needs of manufacturers, maintenance and repair operations and distributors
Providing multiple benefits to companies who chose to adopt the standards' requirements.

These standards were developed to produce a harmonized platform to ensure that all operations in the supply chain are adhering to best practice. They include all the existing elements of ISO 9001 and a variety of aerospace sector-specific requirements.

The Aerospace standards seek to:
Improve customer satisfaction, quality & safety
Reduce costs & lower customer-unique requirements
Reduce the variation caused by multiple expectations
Reduce and streamline audits conducted along the aerospace supply chain.

AS 9100 Improves Your Business

The Aerospace Quality standard is based on ISO 9001, with nearly 100 additional requirements specific to aerospace. AS 9100:2009 provides suppliers with a comprehensive quality system focused on areas directly impacting product safety and reliability in the aerospace industry, including:

Configuration Management - requires that a management discipline be applied over the life cycle of an aerospace product to provide visibility and control of its functional and physical characteristics
Design - ensures that design responsible organizations have a robust design process to meet safety and reliability requirements demanded by the aerospace industry
Purchasing - requires suitable controls over the organization's entire aerospace supply chain
Product Realization - ensures that each phase of product realization, from planning to shipment, is tightly controlled for delivery of conforming product
Product Monitoring/Measurement - that defines requirements for product validation prior to shipment.

AS 9100 Gives Your Organization a Competitive Advantage

When your organization aligns to the aerospace AS 9100 standard, it not only reaps quality and efficiency benefits, but also is better able to meet customer expectations. Registration can also provide a competitive advantage by:
Aerospace Experienced Auditors (AEAs) identifying opportunities for operational improvements and cost reduction;
Improved audit and surveillance efficiency;
Reduced number of customer audits required, and a corresponding reduction in needed resources;
Enhanced supplier performance due to higher quality, waste reduction, and a customer satisfaction focus;
Streamlined documentation.

Forestry

Purchasers of timber are increasingly interested in where the product they buy comes from, and how it has been produced. This relates to the raw material and the end-of-line products. Purchasing decisions are based on many criteria including fitness for purpose, price, delivery capacity, location, as well as the forestry management practices employed in the growing and harvesting of the trees from which the wood products are sourced.

The principal reassurance that consumers (or retailers) are seeking is that the forests or plantations supplying particular wood products are being well managed. The quality of forest management may be summarized by its sustainable management practices.

UMB-QMI's expert auditors and accredited certification processes provide Forestry Managers with the ability to declare that their forests meet recognized standards of best practice.

In addition, the certification scheme is mutually recognized by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC). This provides UMB-QMI's certified clients with international recognition of their sustainable practices forestry management practices.

AS 4708

Purchasers of timber are increasingly interested in where the product they buy comes from, and how it has been produced. This relates to the raw material and the end-of-line products. Purchasing decisions are based on many criteria including fitness for purpose, price, delivery capacity, location, as well as the forestry management practices employed in the growing and harvesting of the trees from which the wood products are sourced.

The principal reassurance that consumers (or retailers) are seeking is that the forests or plantations supplying particular wood products are being well managed. The quality of forest management may be summarized by its sustainable management practices.
UMB-QMI's expert auditors and accredited certification processes provide Forestry Managers with the ability to declare that their forests meet recognized standards of best practice.

In addition, the certification scheme is mutually recognized by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC). This provides UMB-QMI's certified clients with international recognition of their sustainable practices forestry management practices.

AS 4707

UMBQMI also undertakes audits and issues certification to the Australian Forestry Standard Chain of Custody. This certification allows Forest Managers and Timber Processors to apply to the AFS to use the AFS & PEFC Chain of Custody logo and label on timber products harvested under the scheme, which can be carried right through to the consumer.

Integrated audits
UMBQMI is poised to further coordinate and integrate the approach to your audit. Your audit will focus on ensuring your system is designed to manage your operations, whether they need to meet the requirements of the Australian Forestry Standard, Australian Forestry Standard Chain of Custody or both at the same time. UMBQMI can also integrate these management system audits with other requirements, whether they be health & safety, environment related or your related to your reputation for quality.

Petroleum

Petroleum Newsfeed focuse on the government departments regulating the industry as well as environment protection authorities and agencies covering:

Geology and exploration
The grant of mining and petroleum leases and tenements
Mining operations and miners' rights and safety
Private, crown and indigenous land issues
Commodities trends

Supply Chain Management

Supplier Compliance Management (SCM) - This can be defined as the management and delivery of a range of added value solutions to all sectors of industry encompassing safety and legal requirements. The added value service offers a range of tailor made solutions specific to clients business needs and covers the following portfolio of products:

What it covers:

* Supply Chain Assurance
* Complaint Management and Handling
* Manufacturing Specification/Data Management and Review
* Labelling legality checks and translation into 18 languages
* Technical/Legal Updates
* Customer Specific Audits

Benefits of Supplier Compliance Management

SCM is a bespoke service where clients can pick 'n' mix the various range of products/services depending on their specific requirements. SCM is an advisory service providing ad hoc solutions and has a team of experts who provide a proactive service relating to client requirements. Individual account managers look after the client's account developing key contact relationships and ensuring optimum KPI's and services levels are maintained.

Who accepts and recognises the Scheme

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