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  • New version 8 for BRC Global Standard for Food

    BRC Global Standards has published the eighth issue of its internationally recognized BRC Global Standard for Food on August 1, 2018, and audits against Issue 8 will begin on 1 February 2019. The major changes for version 8 are listed below: ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING The use of monitoring techniques within the factory is an important tool for identifying potential product contamination risks, especially risks associated with micro-organisms (both pathogens and spoilage organisms). Compared with Issue 7, the requirements in Issue 8 have been extensively expanded to encourage sites to develop rigorous monitoring programs, enabling them to take timely corrective action before product contamination occurs.  HACCP/FOOD SAFETY PLAN Introducing regulatory requirements that […]

  • Migration to ISO 45001

    On March 2018 the new standard ISO 45001:2018 which replaces the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard has been issued. Organizations using OHSAS 18001:2007 are recommended to take the following actions: Obtain a copy of ISO 45001. Identify the gaps in the OHSMS which need to be addressed to meet any new requirements. Develop an implementation plan. Ensure that any new competence needs are met and create awareness for all parties that have an impact on the effectiveness of the OHSMS. Update the existing OHSMS to meet the new requirements and provide verification of its effectiveness. You may find additional information and helpful examples here. Should you have any questions regarding the migration […]

  • Mandatory transition to new ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 standards

    We would like to inform you that, according to IAF (International Accreditation Forum) decision(1), starting from March 15, 2018 surveillance audits shall also be conducted against the requirements of the new ISO 9001 (ISO 9001:2015) & ISO 14001 (ISO 14001:2015) standards. Otherwise, the Certification Body is obliged to withdraw the organization’s certificate. For any information / clarifications do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Q-CERT participation at Interlift 2017

    Interlift 2017 was bigger than ever and presented the innovations of the elevator world market. This is the leading meeting place for the sector and the highlight of the year for all decision-makers. Q-CERT people visited the Fair and met the up-to-date technologies. Most of the Interlift 2017 exhibitors are smaller or medium-sized manufacturers of lift components, highly specialized and often active on a worldwide scale. Interlift 2017 has a wide range of lift systems and prefabricated components, escalators and moving walkways, parking systems, transmission units, steering and controlling systems, surveillance and safety systems, cabins, doors, cables, operating and display elements, hydraulics and accessories. In addition to this, international associations […]


    In July 2017 the new version of the Standard (FSSC 22000 version 4.1) was published on the FSSC 22000 official website. The implementation of the new issue is mandatory for all certified organizations from January 1st, 2018. From that date on, all audits (surveillance, certification, recertification) will be carried out against the new requirements. All new requirements are available on the Certification Scheme website: , SUMMARY: The new version includes: Changes on how audits are carried out (unannounced audits are introduced within the three-year certification cycle) Expansion (addition) of activities that can be certified (including almost all categories as defined in ISO 22003: 2013) Addition of new requirements for […]

  • Q-CERT now an Official SEDEX Member

    QMSCERT is an official member of SEDEX as “Auditor Associate Group”. QMSCERT and its auditors have conducted numerous SMETA audits in companies in Greece and abroad. The SMETA audit objective is to inspect the legality of labor, the occupational health and safety in the work environment.

  • Transition to the new version of ISO 9001: 2015 & ISO 14001: 2015

    Dear partners, Under the directive issued by the National Accreditation System (ESYD), which is based on an IAF (International Accreditation Forum) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) document, with a set a time span of three years for the transition to the new versions of the standards, please be informed with the following: The expiry date of the validity of the old version of the standards is set for 15 September 2018. From that date onwards the certificates ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001: 2004 will become invalid On the release date of the new version of the standards and until the aforementioned date (September 15, 2018) both versions are valid, […]

  • BRC Issue 7 effective from July 1st, 2015

    We inform you that BRC Issue 7 shall be effective from July 1st, 2015. Therefore, from that date, all audits shall be conducted according to the new requirements. Attachments: Information Sheet

  • Participation in the 33rd Meeting of Notified Body LIFT

    Q-CERT participated in the 33rd Meeting of Notified Body LIFT, in Brussels, on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st May 2014. Q-CERT was the only one Greek Notified Body present to the meeting. Lifts Directive recast, Lifts Directive issues and other important topics were at the Agenda.

  • Participation in the Seminar Program of LiftBalkans 2014

    Q-CERT participated in the Seminar Program of LiftBalkans 2014 in 7 March 2014. LiftBalkans 2014 is part of the South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Leading companies from Austria, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, the Netherlands and Ukraine showcased products and innovations. Among the exhibitors were AB Energy Romania, Austep, Biogest Energie- und Wassertechnik, CPM Europe, Dreyer & Bosse, Eqtec, Global Hydro Energy, Hitachi Zosen Inova, Nahtec, Polytechnik Luft-und Feuerungstechnik, Solare Datensysteme, Weiss, etc. For 5th year in a row there was an Austrian Pavilion, located at a larger exhibition area. Q-CERT Technical Director Josef Charalampidis, held a presentation with topic: […]