ForgeFix has received independent, third party recognition of its quality-focused approach.
The business - which is one of the UK's leading distributors of fixings, fasteners, power tool accessories and hardware - has retained its ISO 9001 certified status and met the revised requirements set out by the new 2015 version of the globally recognised quality management standard.
ForgeFix initially achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification in August 2015 following a rigorous and robust audit of its quality management systems across a range of areas - including staff competence and training, customer satisfaction and resource planning.
The requirements of ISO 9001 were subsequently revised in September 2015 in-line with a regular five yearly review of the scheme's compliance criteria in order to ensure continued relevance.
The most recent changes take into account the challenges and opportunities faced by organisations in an ever-evolving world.
In particular, they focus on aspects such as increased globalization, a greater need for risk-based thinking and the growing use of multiple management systems simultaneously.
All organisations certified to ISO 9001:2008 must transition to the new 2015 version by midnight on the 14th September 2018 after which a certificate to ISO 9001:2008 will no longer be valid
ForgeFix took the decision to upgrade its certification early because of its progressive approach and its confidence in its existing quality management systems being â€˜ahead of the curve'.
The external audits required by ForgeFix to demonstrate its compliance with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 were both conducted by TÃœV UK - a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited certification body that offers independent third party assessments.
Commenting on ForgeFix's certification, Michael Brown, managing director at ForgeFix, said: "ForgeFix certification to the latest version of one of the world's most recognised quality management standards sends out an important and reassuring message to both our customers and our partners.
"It highlights our focus on efficiency, quality and customer satisfaction as well as our company-wide â€˜right first time' approach."
"I'd like to congratulate all the team for their efforts."