GIS - 14 October 2015: Two new standards, ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015, have been launched this morning by the Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB) at its headquarters in Moka during a half-day seminar organised in the context of the World Standards Day observed on 14 October every year.
The seminar was attended by around 100 stakeholders comprising members of technical committees, MSB clients, as well as representatives of the public and private sectors. Several presentations were on the agenda namely, Introducing ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management systems-Requirements with guidance for use; Overview of ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems-Requirements; Working on safety-ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems-Requirements; and upgrading MSB status from Standards Taker to Standards Maker. Resource persons were from the MSB.
In her keynote address, the Acting director of the MSB, Mrs R. Nanhuck, recalled that the Government has over the years acknowledged the importance of a well-integrated standardisation and conformity assessment system in order to compete and survive. She added that Mauritius has been able to establish an internationally recognised standards development body, a reliable and traceable metrology system, a value-adding certification body, a local accreditation body and state-of-the art testing and calibration laboratories.
Speaking about the MSB which is a crucial component of the National Quality Infrastructure, she referred to the formulation of standards as a fundamental element. “These standards act as links to industries and economies globally and create gateways for businesses in the complex world of market access and market acceptance. The Mauritius Standards Bureau has developed 64 standards this year bringing the total portfolio of standards to 597”, she stated.
Mrs Nanhuck also made an overview of the different standards that the MSB has developed. These include: standard on Energy Management System, ISO 50001; standard on risk management, ISO 31000; standard on Environmental Management System, ISO 14001; standard MS 165 on Sustainable Tourism; safety standards for domestic and household appliances; and standards on the safety of toys and fireworks.
Furthermore, the Acting director said, the MSB has embarked on a vast programme of modernisation and reforms so as to be relevant in the new economic environment. More particularly so, as the Government has envisioned a new growth plan with emphasis on a high income economy, based on sustainable development, an inclusive growth and the development of new wave industries.
According to her, four major challenges for the MSB are: to provide the statutory framework to the new activities to be undertaken by the Bureau; to adopt a “business model” which will lead to financial sustainability; to make the shift from “standards taker” to “standards maker” and “standards manufacturer”; and to establish a full-fledged certification and inspection body.
The two new standards
ISO 9001:2015 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and can be used by any organisation, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.
ISO 14001: 2015 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system. It maps out a framework that a company or organisation can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. Using ISO 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
World Standards Day
The World Standards Day is an annual event to pay tribute to standards writers who voluntarily contribute in the development of standards more particularly international standards with the collaboration of the International Organisation for Standardization, the International Electrotechnical Commission and the International Telecommunications Union. The theme chosen for this year is: Standards the World’s common language.
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