PCT were certified to the ISO standard for the first time in 2013 which was then the ISO9001:2008 version of the standard. After the initial three year period, we renewed the certification in 2016 and then upgraded to the 2015 version in early 2017.
The quality department at PCT started preparation for the new ISO standard, soon after the successful IRIS audit in September 2016. December and February saw separate internal audits and a final review meeting with top management in early March, followed by the third party audit.
On audit day, third party auditors from TUV Rheinland worked with each department to ensure that all processes and requirements were in place with special focus on risk management.
The closing meeting revealed no non-conformities (neither major nor minor) and PCT received some useful guidance for further improvement. The next re-certification audit will be in 2019, however TUV Rheinland will perform surveillance audits on a yearly basis to maintain the current certification.
When ISO 9001:2015 replaced the previous version of the standard, PCT had a three year transition period to migrate their quality management system to the new edition of the standard.
The newer version makes it easier to use in conjunction with other management system standards with increased importance given to risk. i.e. controlling the risk and opportunity for every process throughout the business.
The ISO 9000 series of standards covers various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved.
Following the successful implementation of ISO 9001:2015 the Quality department will now focus on the IRIS certification, with the first surveillance audit scheduled for July 2017. PCT is also working towards achieving certification to ISO/TS 16949:2016 in support of the Automotive Division.
From left to right: Uday Prakash, Soufiane Kheyi, Matthew Gorman, S. Woodi, Krishna Bharathi, Alberto Moro and Natalia Stanganelli