Auva Certification Limited

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We are a UKAS Accredited Certification Body offering local and international businesses of all sectors and sizes, third party certification audits to ISO 9001: Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems, and OHSAS 18001 / ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

Whether you need to gain new ISO certification, require on-going support with your current certificates, or need support transitioning to a new revision, our team at Auva is here to support your business through the certification process.

Gaining certification can be demanding of your time and resources. Our approach aims to make the certification process as simple as possible so you can concentrate on your business. We perform inspections, assessments, deliver qualification and training services and provide certificate amendment advice with the objective of awarding your business the certification you need.

It’s not just about ‘gaining ISO certification’ but developing a long lasting relationship that gives you on-going support through the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

Auva Certification’s team has decades of experience working across many industries including construction, engineering, manufacturing, waste management, aerospace, education, training, IT, transport, government departments, retails, recruitment and emergency services to name a few.

Whether you are a local SME or global organisation, our focus is to provide you with the certification expertise and knowledge tailored specifically to your business.

Auva auditors are fully trained to have an in-depth knowledge of your industry, local compliance laws and regulations, and work with businesses of all sizes. Our certification service will suit your specific needs and requirements because we understand that each business is bespoke. We don’t have a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Importantly, all services are performed with the least possible disruption to your day-to-day operations.

We are a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited certification body, and offer a free of charge transfer of certification procedure to companies already certified by an accredited certification body.

Auva’s head office is located in Essex, United Kingdom.

With a combined 50 years’ expertise in ISO certification, Auva’s team of certification experts offer certification audits, assessments, training services and certification advice to help guide you through the technical requirements of each standard. It can be time-consuming and many people feel frustrated at the paper work involved. This is where we can support you best, with the right advice, the right support that suits your specific needs and at the right price.

The benefits of being ISO certified are many. When a business becomes certified, it clearly demonstrates its commitment to the highest standards of quality, safety and the environment. You will gain many operational improvements to your business and in a competitive marketplace, being certified is often a prerequisite on tender documents. We help you through that journey.

Using the latest technology in certification processes, we can help you open the door to new opportunities, new customers, new markets and new territories.

Auva Certification has been assessed to ISO17021 by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to meet strict standards ensuring that we offer our clients the highest levels of quality and service. As a UKAS accredited certification body you can be assured that our service to you and the certifications you achieve through Auva have been independently evaluated for competence and performance on an international level.

UKAS is recognised globally by governments, is a member of the International Accreditation Forum and is a signatory of the multi lateral agreement.

You can have complete confidence that our highly trained auditors will work closely with your business to ensure successful implementation of your required management system and subsequent certifications.

If you are passionate about certification and its place in industry, we may have the position you are looking for.

We are building a team of highly skilled contract auditors to work across the globe.

We require motivated, talented and committed individuals from a wide variety of industries and specialisms, and would be happy to receive speculative CV’s.

The standards –

ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems is a core standard.

When a business becomes certified to ISO 9001, it clearly demonstrates its commitment to the highest standards of quality. This standard provides guidance and tools to help you provide your customers with consistent, good quality products and services that meet their requirements.

ISO 9001 builds on seven quality management principles:

Customer focus
Leadership
Engagement of people
Process approach
Improvement
Evidence-based decision making
Relationship management
By implementing these principles, your business is set up to consistently create value for your customers. This, in turn, brings many business benefits.

ISO 14001 environmental management systems (EMS) is an internationally recognised standard.

Environmental credibility in the business world is a very important factor in national and international competitiveness. Over the last five years we have seen a surge in companies making big strides to improve their environmental processes and lower their carbon footprint.

This international standard is applicable to any organisation, regardless of its size or sector. It can help support environmental objectives to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce waste and to use more sustainable resources. Analysing the efficiencies of all these elements can result in cost savings across the business, as well as opening up new business opportunities.

Implementing effective recycling and waste reduction initiatives and using sustainable resources not only helps the environment, but can also improve your profitability and reputation.

OHSAS 18001 is the globally recognised framework for occupational health and safety management systems. It has been superseded by ISO 45001: 2018, however it will still be recognised until the end of the migration period (March 2021) and you can migrate at any point within the deadline. In the meantime, Auva will continue to provide accredited OHSAS 18001 certification, including new applications.

ISO 45001 draws on OHSAS 18001, so if you are already certified to OHSAS 18001, the migration process should be straightforward.

Every business owner has a social and legal responsibility to its employees to ensure their work environment is safe. This standard provides organisations, large or small, with robust OHS policies and procedures to identify potential hazards. It also ensures it is meeting legal requirements to keep employees, and any visitors to its premises free from injury.

The benefits of gaining OHSAS 18001 certification are far reaching and can result in long-term business efficiencies.

On 12 March 2018, the International Accreditation Forum Inc. (IAF), in cooperation with the ISO and OHSAS Project Group, published the new international Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard, ISO 45001: 2018. The aim of ISO 45001 is to promote and protect the physical and mental health of workers, a responsibility held by any organisation regardless of its size or sector.

According to the ISO, every 15 seconds a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease, and 153 people experience a work-related injury. These represent an enormous burden for organisations and society as a whole, with , over 2.3 million deaths a year, and more than 300 million non-fatal accidents.

Don’t become another statistic, ISO 45001 helps you protect your people.

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ContactGraham O'Geran

Telephone01376 386110

Email[email protected]

Websitehttps://auvacertification.com/

AddressLittle Braxted Hall
Little Braxted
Essex
CM8 3EU United Kingdom

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BSF Solid Surfaces Transfer Certification to Auva

BSF Solid Surfaces Ltd, a leading supplier and installer of Corian and Solid Surface, has successfully transferred their ISO 9001 certification to Auva Certification. 

Nicola Barden, MD of BSF Solid Surfaces, said; 

“As a small family business, being ISO certified has been invaluable to us. We first gained certification in 2005 and have seen a number of changes over the past fifteen years. We decided to seek an alternative certification provider that offers better value for money. 

The transfer process with Auva was very smooth and we are impressed at how we have been looked after as a new customer. They have the processes and systems in place to offer remote auditing, and communicated well with us and with our external consultant. 

Already, we feel confident and happy that the decision to move was the right one for us.” 

Graham O’Geran, BDO said:

“We are delighted to have transferred BSF Solid Surfaces, unknowingly we come in contact with their products regularly at prestigious sites such as shopping centres, museums and galleries. We hope we can serve BSF for the next fifteen years and beyond.” 

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Whether you are looking for a wash trough solution for a hospital, stadium, display items for museums / retail outlets, a shaped and curved reception desk, feature walling, or more standard items like kitchen countertops or teapoints, BSF can work with you to advise on the best surface solution for your needs. 

If you would like to keep up to date with the fantastic work BSF Solid Surfaces do you can sign up for their newsletter .

Nicola is very prolific on LinkedIn and is happy to connect with you, if you would like to to connect with Nicola then visit LinkedIn

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Environmental Legislation Updates-June 2020

Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products, as amended

The sale and use of the biocidal product family* ‘INSECTICIDES FOR HOME USE’ is authorised in the EU from the 16th June 2020 until 31st May 2030.  They are authorised for use use to kill or repel species of insect.  There is no change to duties.

*Biocidal family means a group of products which have similar uses, the same active substances, similar composition, and similar levels of risk.

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure)(Wales) Order 2021 (SI2012/801), as amended

The Planning Applications (Temporary Modifications and Disapplication) (Wales) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 (SI 2020/514 (W. 121))

This Order modifies certain requirements of the 2012 Order in relation to the consultation procedure that must be carried out before making an application for planning permission for major developments during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) emergency period*. During the emergency period, community councils have an extended deadline of 21 days to respond when they are notified of a planning application.

*The emergency period for the purpose of this Order is the time period starting on 19th May 2020 and ending 18th September 2020.

A requirement to make proposed planning application documents available on a website maintained by the applicant and in hard copy is inserted. Hard copies can be requested once the document has been made available for 14 days or more. If a hard copy is requested, it must be made available within 28 days by the proposed developer.

Pre-application consultation* reports now require a statement regarding the information about how proposed applications are to be made available on a website and hard copies must be provided upon request. A statement must also be included to confirm whether hard copies have been requested.

*A pre-application consultation is a specific community consultation that must be undertaken in advance of any planning application being submitted. The aim is to improve the planning system by involving communities at an early stage of the development.

Schedule 1D provides a template for the pre-application notice form to be used during the Covid-19 emergency period. The purpose of the notice is to provide the community with an opportunity to give their comments to the developer on a proposed development prior to the submission of the planning application.

Commission Regulation (EU) 142/2011 laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption, as amended

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/735 amending Regulation (EU) No 142/2011 as regards the use of meat-and-bone meal as a fuel in combustion plants
This Regulation updates the requirements and rules around the use of manure of farmed animals as a fuel for combustion, by adding meat-and-bone meal (MBM) as a fuel to the requirements.

Any form of fuel to be used in a combustion plant has set measures and conditions which must be met for the safe and legal combustion of the fuel. Most solid fuels used in medium combustion plants with a total rated thermal input not exceeding 50 MW follow the requirements set out in Directive (EU) 2015/2193 on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants. For animal by-products and animal derived products* not intended for human consumption, requirements lay under Regulation (EU) 142/2011 laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption

However, measures and conditions for the use of animal by-products or animal-derived products as a fuel (other than on-farm poultry manure), such as MBM, are not established. To ensure the correct Regulations are followed when MBM is used as a fuel in combustion plants, Article 6 paragraph 8 of Regulation (EU) 142/2011, which outlines the requirements such fuels must meet to be used as a combustion fuel, are amended to include MBM as a fuel for combustion.

Section D (Combustion plants in which meat-and-bone meal is used as a fuel for combustion) is inserted, stipulating the storage, handling and temperature requirements to be met by a combustion plant burning MBM.

This Regulation also ensures that the possible adverse environmental or human health impacts resulting from incineration of the MBM, are not greater than those resulting from the combustion of waste.

*Derived products are products obtained from the treatment, transformation or processing of animal by-products.

Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants, as amended

The Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/1340)

These Amendment Regulations come into force on the day the UK leaves the European Union (EU). They do not change any duties for organisations.
Changes are made to ensure Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants, which has been retained as part of UK legislation, can continue to function following the UK’s exit from the EU. The changes made to achieve this include:

  • removing references to the EU, EU Directives, etc. or changing them to UK equivalents;
  • inserting new definitions for “appropriate authority” and “competent authority”;
  • transferring functions currently carried out by the EU and the EU Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to UK authorities; and
  • inserting a power for regulations to be made to create offences for noncompliance with this Regulation.

Note that legislation expressed as coming into force on ‘exit day’ (31st January 2020), has been postponed until the end of the ‘implementation period’ (i.e. the transition period which follows Brexit). This postponement is made by Schedule 5 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 [2020 Chapter 1]. Therefore, any provisions expressed above as coming into force on ‘exit day’ will not now come into force until the end of the ‘implementation period’.

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How to Choose an ISO Consultant

Many organisations will choose an iso consultant to help implement and maintain an ISO Management System such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001.  They will do this for a number of reasons but mostly because it’s quicker and cheaper in the long run than trying to educate yourself internally.

Choosing an iso consultant can also bring in valuable knowledge to your business and they can also guide you through the certification process such as talking to Certification Bodies such as Auva.

There are some key things to consider when selected an ISO Consultant:

  • Price

  • Deliverables

  • Experience

  • Standards

  • Competence and Training

  • Guarantees

  • Personality

Price of an ISO Consultant

There are many ISO consultants in the market and selecting one can be tricky and shouldn’t just come down to price.  Obviously price is important but sometimes you get what you pay for, that doesn’t mean to say the most expensive are the best but just be careful on going straight for the cheapest.  In fact, we know of some very expensive consultants who aren’t actually very good and some cheaper consultants who are.

When assessing the consultants the price should play a part in your decision but not the only part.

Deliverables

A good consultant will not create the entire system for you, they will get you to do a lot of the work, you might ask what are you paying for?  Their knowledge and also they know that if they write the system you will not take ownership and this will cause problems down the road.  Having an off the shelf system will fall down at some point, usually when the consultant isn’t there to support you as the system doesn’t fit your business.

Be careful of consultants who offer guarantees, there are no certain things in life apart from tax and death, obtaining certification with no findings is not one of them.  There are consultants who will promise you that you will sail through and get no findings and this is just not realistic in all cases.  There will be instances where organisations do sail through with no findings but this is not the case for around 90% of organisations, especially first time around.

If this is being guaranteed then you need to question how they are going to do this, if it’s a case of “use my friend to get you certified” then this is someone you need to steer clear of.  Auditing is an impartial process and there should be no ties with any certification body.  Consultations may have their preferred Certification Body to work with but you are free to choose who you want to work with and no deals should be on the table.

Experience of the ISO Consultant

Many iso consultants become consultants after spending time in industry, usually within a quality role.  Knowing the background of the consultants you are reviewing is important, just because they have 20 years experience of manufacturing does not mean they are suitable for consultancy.  It’s different when you are sitting on the other side of the fence and knowing how to implement a system in your own organisation is different to implementing in someone else’s business.  Every business is different so coming in with an off the shelf, one size fits all system will not work.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t use someone who is new to consulting, but consider their experience and knowledge when talking about what they will do for you.  I would expect their experience to be reflective in the price they are offering.

It’s also important for the consultant to understand your sector, they do not need to be experts but they need to have some understanding about how your sector and industry works.  What types of regulations exist and what are some of the industry norms you experience.  A good consultant will not be an expert in your field but will know how to get the best out of you and use your knowledge to build the system.

Standards

One of the most frustrating things to an external assessor is consultants who claim they can do any standard.  Someone will ask them to help them implement something they know nothing about and they just agree to it, once you have read one standard you understand them all!  and when an external assessor challenges the system and has been trained to that specific standard the consultant fights back as they have interpreted it differently.

This can cause a lot of issues during the assessment process and can result in the consultant being asked to leave as their role is not to take part in the assessment.

Ensure your consultant knows and has experience about the standard you are asking them to support you with.  Get some proof as well, they may say yes when you ask them but ask for some references that will demonstrate they have in fact implemented those standards before.

Competence and Training

It is frustrating to hear consultants challenge external assessors when they have not had any training against the standards themselves.  Many haven’t been on the basic ISO 9001 lead auditor course or they did in 1980.

Although they don’t need to attend formal training courses for each standard you would expect them to have some minimum qualification and then maybe some awareness training for other standards.

It is also important for them to receive ongoing training, external assessors are required to perform ongoing training through CPD.  they need to keep up to date with knowledge and changes to standards, consultants should do the same.  This could be webinars or seminars but there should be some effort to keeping their knowledge up to date.

Guarantees from ISO Consultants

Be careful of iso consultants who offer guarantees, there are no certain things in life apart from tax and death, obtaining certification with no findings is not one of them.  There are consultants who will promise you that you will sail through and get no findings and this is just not realistic in all cases.  There will be instances where organisations do sail through with no findings but this is not the case for around 90% of organisations, especially first time around.

If this is being guaranteed then you need to question how they are going to do this, if it’s a case of “use my friend to get you certified” then this is someone you need to steer clear of.  Auditing is an impartial process and there should be no ties with any certification body.  Consultations may have their preferred Certification Body to work with but you are free to choose who you want to work with and no deals should be on the table.

Personality

This is probably something that is overlooked in a lot of cases.  If the personality doesn’t fit with top management or the internal staff who will be working with them it’s destined for failure.  The person you choose needs to fit nicely with your own ethos and generally be a nice person.  You will be working with this person for 6-12 months or even longer if you decide to have ongoing support.  If you do not get on with this person then it’s going to be a hard and long journey.

Auva have a list of ISO Consultants on our website that you can contact should you need help.  The list is free and open to review.

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