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ISO Standards. What are they and why do they matter?

ISO Standards

We all have heard about ISO standards. We may know businesses with them. We may have them ourselves! But what are they, and what is their value?

ISO standards are incredibly important for businesses as, at their most basic, they provide a framework for ensuring quality, efficiency, and safety.

These prestigious ISO standards are crucial for our business as they provide a robust framework for ensuring quality, efficiency, and safety in our operations. Developed by international experts and recognised globally, these standards showcase our commitment to meeting the highest industry standards.

Individual ISO standards cover a wide range of areas, including quality management, environmental management, information security, and occupational health and safety. Here at Granby, we currently have met ISO standards for the following:

ISO 9001 – an international standard for Quality Management Systems.

It provides a framework for businesses to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer requirements and enhance customer satisfaction. This standard focuses on various aspects of quality management, including customer focus, leadership, involvement of people, process approach, continual improvement, evidence-based decision making, and relationship management. By implementing ISO 9001, Granby look to continually improve processes, enhance client satisfaction, and clearly demonstrate our commitment to quality across the business.

ISO 13485 – an international standard for Quality Management Systems in the Medical Device industry.

It sets out the requirements for a comprehensive quality management system that ensures the design, development, production, and (most importantly for Granby) distribution of medical devices are safe and effective. This standard is crucial for Granby as it allows us to meet regulatory requirements for public and private sector opportunities in the health sector. By implementing ISO 13485, businesses will be in apposition to streamline processes and reduce risks.

ISO 14001 – an international standard for Environmental Management Systems.

It provides a framework for businesses to effectively manage their environmental responsibilities and reduce their environmental impact. By implementing ISO 14001, businesses can identify and control their environmental aspects, comply with relevant environmental regulations, and continuously improve their environmental performance. For us, this is critical, as it helps demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, which supports our ESG reputation, and the environmental initiatives of our clients.

ISO 27001 – an international standard for Information Security Management systems.

It provides a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information, ensuring its confidentiality, integrity, and availability. This standard helps businesses identify and manage information security risks, implement controls to protect against potential threats, and continuously improve their information security management system. By achieving ISO 27001 certification, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to protecting sensitive information, building trust with customers and stakeholders, and complying with legal and regulatory requirements.

ISO 22301 – an international standard for Business Continuity Management Systems.

It provides a framework for organisations to identify potential threats and develop plans to ensure the continuity of their critical business functions in the event of disruptions such as natural disasters, cyber-attacks, or other emergencies. By implementing ISO 22301, businesses can minimise the impact of disruptions, maintain customer confidence, and protect their reputation.

By implementing these standards, we have been able to improve our processes, reduce risks, enhance client customer satisfaction, and ultimately drive growth and success.



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