Quality

 

Credible Standards by Credible Organizations

Any organized body may develop industry standards and criteria but in order to hold validity, they must be upheld and outlined by credible sources. The International Organization for Standards (ISO) and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) are two of the most respected organizations for establishing and implementing manufacturing standards.

International Organization for Standards (ISO)

This non-governmental organization is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. It forms and establishes a connection between the public and private sectors. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 160 countries (one member per country) and is centralized in Geneva, Switzerland.


The organization's member institutes are part of the governmental structure of their respective countries or are mandated by their government. The ISO network allows a consensus to be established regarding solutions and criteria that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs and expectations of society.

United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

The UKAS is the sole national accreditation body recognized by the European Union to assess organizations that provide factory certification, testing, inspection and calibration services; thus confirming the organization's efforts to implement safe and responsible factory processes.

The Standards

To ensure consumers that they are investing in all-around quality products, manufacturers can obtain industry recognition from accreditation bodies such as the ISO and UKAS for their implementation of factory management systems. Industry standards guarantee consumers that products are being manufactured ethically, responsibly and in good quality.

ISO 9001: Quality Management Standard

ISO 9001 is a series of documents regulated by the International Standards Organization that define requirements for the Quality Management System (QMS) standard. An organization with an effective QMS will typically meet customer expectations better than an organization who's QMS is futile. Kohburg decided to implement ISO 9001, be audited and certified because we want to assure our customers that we have a highly effective QMS in place.

ISO 14001: Environmental Management Standards

ISO-14001 is the international specification for an Environmental Management System (EMS). It specifies requirements for establishing an environmental policy; determining environmental aspects and impacts of products/activities/ services; planning, implementation and operation of programs to meet objectives and targets; and management review. At Kohburg, we implement our EMS to establish an organized approach to systematically reduce the impact of the environmental aspects, which we can control.