AKRON, Ohio, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA), a Smithers Group company, specializing in quality, safety and environmental management systems certifications, announced today it has been accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to perform audits and grant certifications of both quality and environmental management systems for the new ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certification programs. SQA has been certifying clients to ISO standards since becoming an accredited body in 1993.
"SQA and our audit team are committed to being leaders in the certification industry," said Jeanette Preston, President of Smithers Quality Assessments. "Having the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 accreditation allows us to provide audits for the revised standards to our clients. We have been working to educate our clients about the transition since our last annual client appreciation day. This event is designed to give clients a chance to learn about changes in the industry that may affect their business and network with industry experts."
The latest editions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 were published in September 2015. ISO 9001:2015 emphasizes risk-based thinking applications from a strategic or operational standpoint while maintaining focus on quality management. In order to remain certified, organizations will need to incorporate the new version of the quality management system and environmental management system standards by September 15, 2018.
ISO 14001:2015 places more emphasis on environmental management within an organization's strategic planning process. A new requirement to understand the organization and its context has been incorporated to identify relevant issues and leverage that knowledge during the planning process for the benefit of both the organization and the environment.
At the annual SQA Customer Appreciation Day in June 2016, training sessions on each new international standard will be held.
About Smithers Quality Assessments
Smithers Quality Assessments is an Akron, OH-based accredited quality and environmental management systems certification body, founded in 1993, serving small and large industrial, commercial, government and services businesses around the world.
Companies work with Smithers Quality Assessments when seeking certification to the following ISO standards:
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About The Smithers Group:
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra, and Smithers Visicient. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group, the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients' products by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit www.smithers.com.
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