At VRS we have always been proud of our commitment to quality and achieving the highest standards in everything we do. We have operated an externally accredited quality system to ISO9001:2008 for a number of years and were excited to learn of the new developments in the revised standard (now ISO9001:2015) published in September 2015.
We immediately took a pro-active approach to review all of our processes and enhance our systems to comply with the new requirements and have been working on this transition throughout 2016. As a result, we now have a fully process-based approach to all our operations together with enhanced risk management. In addition we have reviewed the requirements of our customers and other interested parties to further enhance communication and collaboration and have taken the opportunity to review our structure, capability and strategic planning to ensure that we remain best placed to provide an optimum service to meet the needs of current and future customers.
In March of 2017 we have scheduled a readiness review with our external auditor (BSI) with a view to achieving full accreditation of compliance with ISO9001:2015 in June of this year. Assuming that all goes to plan, our policy of early transition means that VRS will be one of the first organisations to achieve certification under the revised standard and this, some 18 months ahead of the mandatory transition timescale.