ISO has opened a new section on its Web site to help small and medium-sized
enterprises (SME's) achieve the benefits of implementing quality and
environmental management systems based respectively on its ISO 9001:2000 and
ISO 14001:2004 standards.
ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden commented: "SME's may mistakenly perceive of
International Standards as being only for big business and government. In fact,
SME's too can benefit from the state-of-the-art technology and management
practices disseminated by International Standards which also open the door to
export markets and participation in global supply chains.
"To encourage SME's to use International Standards and to become more involved
in developing them, ISO and its partners the International Electrotechnical
Commission and the International Telecommunication Union have chosen SME's and
standardization as the theme for World Standards Day 2006, on 14 October."
As a practical measure in support of this theme, ISO has added to the
frequently visited ISO 9000/ISO 14000 section on its Web site a number of
articles aimed at making it easier for small businesses to implement the ISO
9001 and ISO 14001 standards that were being used by some 760.900 organizations
in 154 countries at the end of 2004, according to The ISO Survey.
The articles, which first appeared in ISO Management Systems magazine, cover
the following topics of particular interest to SME's:
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work