ISO Standards - Spurring Sustainable Business Development (SIRIM QAS)


SIRIM QAS International is the largest certification body in Malaysia that provides certification services to organisations worldwide. The Senior General Manager of the organisation’s Management System Certification Department, Mr. Mohd Hamim Imam Mustain said it is vital for organisations to comply and be certified with recognised standards to spur business growth. He added that certifications not only allow organisations to show evidence that they are complying with national or international requirements but also ensure that the management systems in place are being maintained effectively.

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Partnering in 37 countries worldwide, SIRIM QAS International certifications are internationally recognised. Mr. Mohd Hamim said that these partnerships enable the organisation to utilise over 22,000 auditors globally to facilitate its certification services. 

“We offer a wide range of management system certifications, including quality management system, occupational health and safety management system and environmental management system,” he said. 

Mr. Mohd Hamim pointed out that the current management system standards developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) are risk-based and self-regulated. He said risk in any business is something that has the potential to occur and needs to be managed effectively to prevent undesirable events. 

“Prevention is better than cure. The ISO management system standards, which are a preventive approach, can assist organisations to safeguard against reputational damage and unnecessary waste of time and money,” he said. 

To date, ISO has published a total of 22,467 standards as a guide and framework for governments, industries and consumers to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

“Taking the Sustainable Development Goal 1 of No Poverty as an example, the anti-bribery management system standard (ISO 37001) supports businesses and governments to combat bribery and build a culture of business integrity. By inculcating a high-integrity culture, it helps reduce the wealth gaps that are a major cause of poverty,” he said.

SIRIM QAS International assists government agencies and private businesses to determine the relevant standards to be implemented and certified, in line with their business activities. The right certification will add value to their business,” he said. 

Mr. Mohd Hamim highlighted that these standards were not only applicable to large organisations but also small-and-medium enterprises. Companies are encouraged to comply with international and national management system standards whenever feasible to be competitive and spur sustainable development. 

Any organisation, whether large or small, should leverage relevant certifications to be on par with international players,” he said, adding that this would boost the country’s economy while promoting sustainable development. Organisations are encouraged to apply for certifications through SIRIM QAS International website: www.sirim-qas.com.my. Applications can also be submitted via email to [email protected]


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Last Updated : Thursday 22nd October 2020