Tightening up security in the supply chain is a growing challenge of the 21st Century because the security of any supply chain can be compromised by a single weak link. This is often linked to terrorism, smuggling, human trafficking, theft, fraud and injury.
Supply chain security is an essential requirement for companies having to comply with stronger security demands from Customs and/or their business partners. Companies certified to ISO 28000 will implement a protective security program based on the identification of risks.
Logistics operations and supply chain partners are often scattered worldwide with varying national regulations and business processes. Companies seek to assure their customers of security while identifying potential threats, assessing risk and implementing measures to prevent any risks and threats affecting the success of their business.
An ISO 28000 management system is a solid foundation for a variety of international security initiatives, including the International Maritime Organization’s International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Code; the EC’s Regulation for Enhancing Supply Chain Security AEO program; and the US Customs and Border Protection Initiative, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). The objective of these initiatives is to improve the movement of cross border trade by ensuring that members of the supply chain are confirmed as secure.
The ISO 28000 Supply Chain Security standard was developed specifically for organizations involved in logistics and supply chain operations. It aims to strengthen security across all elements of the supply chain, including financial systems, manufacturing, information management, packaging, storage and transportation. It is suitable for all organizations involved in supply management, whatever the nature or size of the business.
ISO 28000 was designed to help integrate quality, environmental and supply chain security management systems within an organization. It is compatible with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. ISO 28000 is based on a plan-do-check-act management system modeled after the proven ISO 14001 framework. The risk-based approach outlined in ISO 14001 is similar to the one used in ISO 28000.
As part of the QMS Global Group, Intercert can call on the significant supply chain experience of QMS Global and has access to highly skilled ISO 28000 audit staff. Working closely with IMS training personnel the group delivers cost efficient and effective solutions to transportation, warehousing, logistics companies and government controlled seaports and airports.
Additional standards of value to Logistics industries include:
- ISO 9001 Quality Management System Standard
- ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard