NEWS AND EVENTS
January 27, 2014
950 companies in Uzbekistan certified on ISO standards
According to the International Organization for ISO Standardization, in 2013 Uzbekistan ranked 4th among the CIS countries by the number of companies certified in accordance with the international system. The director of JV Sert Management Riad Ibragimov told about achievements in the national certification market, trends in ISO-9001 standards and much more.
-Rod Asimoich how fast did the number of certified enterprises in Uzbekistan grow last year?
-To date 296 companies have been certified in our country on international certification system. In whole throughout the country, 950 companies have been certified on ISO standards n national and international systems, an increase by 33%, compared to the end of 2012, when he number of certified companies was 712. This is a really good trend.
-Why do domestic enterprises require ISO certificates for exports?
-At present, domestic enterprises are required to demonstrate to the world market that our manufacturers are also working according to international standards and that business processes in all trades are standardized.
Without ISO certificates, exports in the long term are simply not possible. This is understandable, because partners are always interested in the quality of products, at the time of contract signing, and for several years, as specified in contracts of supply.
Also, except for quality standard other standards are also very important for exports, instruments want to be sure not only that they get quality products, but that environmental Ration will not be violated, and health of employees involved in manufacture is also protected.
-What steps are taken in our country in this regard?
Despite the fact that standards primarily affect exports, Uzbek local market also needs them, if for example we are talking about inviting foreign investors for the development of various industries For example, if we consider oil and gas industry - foreign companies coming to Uzbek market announce a tender for the purchase of a product or a service. In this case, bidding companies will also be required to have ISO- 9001, ISO-14001 and OHSAS-I8OOI - quality standards, environmental standards and industrial safety, respectively.
-ISO-9001 is a standard that is constantly improving its requirements. Will there be any changes in the near future?
-Indeed, even 7-8 years requirements are readjusted to consumer opinion about what should be inducted in quality standards. For example, now businesses need to assess production, market, economic risks, as well as to avoid potential threat. Therefore, one of the most important additions to the standard would be the so-called risk management. It is expected that these many others will be included in ISO-9001 standard in 2015- Also, introduction in the national level can be a great impetus to the development of our economy.
(Source: “Business partner.uz” newspaper)