BQC audited ELVIART according to the HALAL specifications

BQC audited ELVIART according to the HALAL specifications

BQC completed one more major project by certifying the products of ELVIART KALOIDAS S.A., a leading company in the production of pita bread for souvlaki in Greece, according to the requirements of the HALAL standard. Through its collaboration with a recognized certification body abroad, BQC provides Halal certification with international recognition and becomes the first certification body in Greece to offer this service.

By certifying its products against the Halal requirements, ELVIART confirms to the consumers its fully compliance with the Standard and with the requirements for the safety and hygiene of its products while at the same time strengthens its export profile by gaining access to a consumer market that chooses products that meet the requirements of the Islamic law and the respective national regulations.

A Halal Food Management System is based on ISO 22000:2005 Standard and the HACCP principles, thus giving companies a great opportunity to implement these standards in a complementary way. Halal certification gives high added value to companies of all sizes that specialize in the food and catering services, pharmaceuticals, supply chain, tourism, cosmetics, health care, etc. and are planning to expand their exports to countries that require compliance with the Sharia Law. Halal certificates offered by BQC are recognized by the largest Halal accreditation organizations and are accepted worldwide.

We are very pleased to complete this important partnership that confirms the recognition and credibility of BQC certification body for the innovative services provided to companies of all sectors and sizes in Greece and abroad.

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Ekbatan Gas Control Co.

BQC certified Ekbatan Gas Control Co. against ISO 14001:2015, ISO 50001:2011, ISO TS 29001:2010, HSE and OHSAS 18001:2007 International Standards

An important project was completed by BQC in Iran with the certification of Ekbatan Gas Control Co. in the field of Manufacturing of Die-Casted Parts by Machining & Assembling Processes for Automotive & Domestic Gas Regulator & Domestic Gas Meter. Ekbatan Gas Control Co. is subordinate to Oil Industry Investment Company (O.I.I.C Public Joint Stock), known as one of the main manufacturers of oil and gas equipment in Iran and Middle East. Ekbatan Gas Control Co. was certified for its Environmental Management System, Energy Management System, Sector-specific Quality Management Systems for Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries, Occupational Health and SAFETY, Health, Safety and environment Management System against ISO 14001:2015, ISO 50001:2011, ISO TS 29001:2010, OHSAS 18001:2007, and HSE International Standards respectively.

With the application and certification of these Management Systems the company confirms the optimized implementation of its processes that lead to its continuous development and its absolute commitment to delivering safe, quality environmental and energy optimized services and products to its clients.

The certificates were awarded in the presence of the Personel of Ekbatan Gas Control Co. at the company's offices by Mr. Alireza Shafiee, CEO of BQC in Iran and Mr. Ghanbari, Lead Auditor. Mr. Alireza Shafiee expressed his great satisfaction for the fruitful collaboration of BQC with Ekbatan Gas Control Co. This partnership demonstrates the credibility established by BQC in the field of certification through its high expertise and quality services.

 

About Ekbatan Gas Control Co.

Ekbatan Gas Control Co. - subordinate to Oil Industry Investment Company (O.I.I.C Public Joint Stock) - which is now known as one of the main manufacturers of oil and gas equipment in Iran and middle east, has started its activity with production of domestic gas regulator since 1983.

Relying on experiences, skilled experts and equipment, EGC could gain valuable achievements in naturalization and innovation to be able to afford internal demands of oil and gas industry.

At present, different kinds of domestic gas regulator with the capacity of 5 to 160 m3/h and domestic gas meters both steel and aluminum types are produced in this company.

Concerning the need of precise control and managing consumption of natural gas, EGC Company has started to design and produce Automated Meter Reading (AMR) gas meters and Ultrasonic Gas Meters (UGM), utilizing world new technologies.

EGC Company besides producing different metering and safety equipment pays special attention to test and calibration of these products which results in producing a new generation of gas meters and regulator’s calibration devices used in quality control laboratories and gas calibration centers. Another device is Portable Ultrasonic Test System for testing and detecting customer’s gas meters in their living place.

Regarding its capacity in producing die casting parts, machining and assembling lines, EGC has joined automotive parts manufacturers since 2004. It is now producing a wide range of different parts for large automotive companies.

http://www.egc.ir/en

Handing over the certificate of BQC to the General Manager of Zetes Netwave S.A., Mr Pantelatos.

BQC certified Zetes Netwave S.A. against ISO 9001 Standard

A major project was completed by BQC with the certification of Zetes Netwave S.A., a member of the international corporation Zetes (Euronext Brussels: ZTS), for its Quality Management System in the field of Development, Sales and Support of Software and Equipment, against ISO 9001: 2008 International Standard.

With the application and certification of its Quality Management System the company confirms the optimized implementation of its processes that lead to its continuous development and its absolute commitment to delivering quality and innovative services and products to its customers.

The certificate was awarded in the presence of the General Manager of Zetes Netwave S.A., Mr. Pantelatos, on May 25, at the company's offices. Mr. Angelitsas, General Manager of BQC, handing over the certificate, expressed his great satisfaction for the fruitful collaboration of BQC with Zetes Netwave S.A., which holds a leading position in its activities sector in Greece and internationally. This partnership demonstrates the credibility established by BQC in the field of certification through its high expertise and quality services.

About Zetes

Zetes (Euronext Brussels: ZTS) is an international corporation specialising in the provision of identification and mobility solutions for goods and people. By using the latest technologies, Zetes enables its customers improve the speed and quality of their process execution and increase data accuracy, which in turn helps them to remain at the forefront of their industries. Zetes was founded in 1984 and is an international group with a high level of expertise in identification and mobility solutions. The headquarters of the company is located in Brussels and has a team of more than 1,100 experts in 20 countries from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

http://www.zetes.gr/

2nd Annual Iraqi - European Business & Investment Forum

BQC at the “2nd Annual Iraqi - European Business & Investment Forum”

BQC, as a member of the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Development, attended the "2nd Annual Iraqi European Entrepreneurship and Investment Forum" held on 18 May 2017 at a central hotel in Athens.

BQC actively participated at the Forum mainly through the B2B meetings held after the speeches. At these meetings, representatives of Iraqi companies have shown particular interest in BQC's certification services in their business sectors and in the projects BQC has carried out in their country, setting new prospects for its even greater presence in Iraq.

The Forum Speakers included Iraqi officials and representatives of trade organizations and groups of companies as well as Greek government officials, all of whom highlighted the great potential and opportunities of Greek businesses for the reconstruction of Iraq. The issues raised in the three sections of the Forum were investment opportunities in Iraq, the oil, gas and sustainable energy sectors of Iraq and the potential for infrastructure projects in Iraq.

The Forum was held under the auspices of the President of Iraq, the Greek Ministries of Economy and Development and Foreign Affairs, the Arab Chambers Association and the Union of Iraqi Chambers, with the support of the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce and the support of the European Commission Representation in Greece and the Mixed Arab-European Chambers.

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Workshop - Doing Business in the Arab world

BQC at the workshop «Doing Business in the Arab world»

After many years of activity and successful presence abroad and especially in the Middle East, BQC, as a member of the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Development, attended the workshop "Doing Business in the Arab world", which was organized by the Arab-Hellenic Chamber and was held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the Divani Caravel Hotel Athens.

BQC actively participated at the workshop and mainly at the B2B meetings held after the speeches. In these meetings, business representatives from Arab countries and Greece were particularly interested in the services of BQC, thus laying the foundations for an even greater expansion of BQC presence in those countries.

The workshop was attended by ambassadors of Arab countries, Greek officials and trade representatives of organizations, Arab business owners and CEOs from seven countries, Egypt, Erbil-Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, United Arab Emirates and Palestine, representatives of the Arab-Hellenic Chamber, Mr. George Katrougalos (Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece), important persons of Greek and foreign politics and more than 190 Greek businessmen. The issues discussed during the workshop were about the business culture and entrepreneurship in the Arab world, business practices and experiences.

Revising ISO 22000 FSMS Standard

ISO 22000:2018-Revising the Food Safety Management System Standard

After more than a decade from the year of its first release, the end user changing needs, the continuous rise of a number of private standards and the revision of other key management system standards (e.g. ISO 9001:2015), indicated that the ISO 22000 standard had to be revised to fill in the gaps in the current version.

Author: Dimitrios Katsieris, BQC Technical Manager, IAS Manager Europe-Middle East, Member of ISO/TC 34/SC 17/WG 8 (Management Systems for Food Safety Technical Committee, ISO Organization)

Established in 2005, ISO 22000 was designed as an accessible, globally accepted standard, and is applicable to organizations of all sizes, involved in any aspect of the food supply chain. The standard covers the key components for ensuring food safety including interactive communication, system management, implementation of pre-requisite programmes and the continual review and improvement of the management system.

The International working group responsible for the revision of ISO 22000 Food safety management system – Requirements, ISO/ TC 34/SC 17/WG 8, has already met 6 times and in 2016, the draft standard went from Committee Draft (CD) to Draft International Standard (DIS) and will be submitted for public enquiry during the summer of 2017. If everything goes as planned, the revised Standard will be released in spring of 2018.

The International working group has addressed a number of issues during its meetings among which were:

  • to update old and introduce new terms and definitions; Forty-five (45) definitions are now listed in the upcoming DIS version
  • to make clear to the end users, the differences of Pre-requisite Programs (PRPs), Operational Prerequisite Programs (OPRPs) and Critical Control Points (CCPs)
  • to make the standard more concise
  • to provide a clear understanding of the “risk based approach”
  • to adopt the new High Level Structure (HLS) developed and used by ISO to allow an easier implementation of an Integrated Management System
  • to align with recent developments and concepts in food safety standards and Codex Alimentarius

The new DIS 22000 is structured as follows:

  1. Scope
  2. Normative References
  3. Terms and Definitions
  4. Context of the organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance evaluation of the food safety management system
  10. Improvement

What is changing?

Following major changes are introduced in the upcoming DIS version:

  • Documented information replaces the requirement for procedures, records and other items of documentation.
  • As part of the process approach, there are 2 Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycles instead of one. One cycle covers the overall food safety management system and the other covers the operational processes.
  • Risk based thinking is addressed in two (2) levels; Organizational risk and hazard analysis (based on HACCP principles).
  • 6.2.2. A plan for achieving the objectives for the food safety management system needs to be prepared.
  • 6.2.3 Any major change that can have an effect on the integrity of the system should be a planned activity.
  • 7.1.6 Suppliers and subcontractors need to be evaluated, selected, monitored and re-evaluated according to defined criteria.
  • 8.2.3 ISO/TS 22002-x series is considered when selecting or establishing PRPs
  • 8.2.4 Records for the selection, establishment, applicable monitoring and verification of PRPs must be kept.
  • 8.3 Traceability system needs to be tested and verified for its effectiveness
  • 8.4.1 Preventive action term has been introduced to deal with potential emergency situations and incidents.
  • 8.5.1.4.3 Expected seasonal changes or shift patterns are considered when describing the process environment to conduct the hazard analysis.
  • 8.5.2.4 Control measures are now categorized to be managed as OPRPs or at CCPs. Control measures are now related only to significant hazards and not managed at a PRP level. The systematic approach to identify each category is now different. Control measures managed as OPRPs have measurable and/or observable action criteria (new term) while those managed at CCPs have only measurable critical limits that enable timely correction.
  • 8.5.4 A Hazard Control Plan that include both HACCP and OPRP plan is introduced.
  • 8.8.1 Independent personnel should be appointed to perform verification activities for the PRPs, hazard control plan e.t.c

The Next Step

ISO/ TC 34/SC 17/WG 8 will meet again in autumn 2017 for a final meeting. The output of that meeting is expected to be the Final DIS version of the standard.

 

*BQC is organizing Training Courses on “ISO 22000:2018 - Changes in the International Management Standard for Food Safety”. For more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.