After 2 false starts, the directors made the decision, in August 2019, to finally complete our ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System rollout. The gap analysis was set for September 2019, and after that it would be all systems go.
During the next 9 months, all documentation, procedures, calibrations etc. were brought in line with ISO 9001:2015 requirements. (COVID 19 held up the process during the early part Q2 2020)
On the 4th August 2020, we received our certificate.
That was not the end game, as the directors decided it would be in Marine Solutions interest to add ISO 45001:2018 to our stable as well.
During August 2020 we applied to the AISI which is a the dtic funded initiative (managed and hosted by the CSIR) for funding and our request was approved, and so started the ISO 45001:2018 rollout.
Over the next 6 months we rolled out ISO 45001:2018 within the company, and was finally certified during June 2021.
During the implementation of ISO 45001:2018, we applied to SEDA (with the assistance of the AISI) for funding for the rollout of ISO 14001:2015, as the final leg of our ISO Quality Management System. IMS was appointed to assist us with the integration.
It was during this process that we decided it would be counter productive to run three individual systems, hence the decision was made to stop all surveillance audits and concentrate on developing an integrated ISO 9001, 45001 & 14001 Quality Management System, by which Marine Solutions will use as our backbone for the company. IMS then proceeded to rewrite the system, integrating all three.
Currently we are in the process of implementing the new integrated quality system, with the intention of been certified by March 2023.
Watch this space for the latest update.