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ISO 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System

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ISO 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System

ISO 28001 is developed to organize operations of security within the broader supply chain management system, and this standard sets out best practices for implementing supply chain security, assessments, and plans.

Discontinuities or security problems arising in the supply chain adversely affect the organizations. It is of greatest importance to correctly identify and manage the risks associated with such organizations’ supply chains.

The safety and security of people, goods, tools, and infrastructure should be of grave importance to the relevant companies and bodies.

This standard applies to all types and sizes of organizations to:

develop and implement supply chain security processes.

establish and document a minimum level of security within a supply chain(s) or segment of a supply chain.

assist in meeting the applicable Authorized Economic Operators criteria outlined in the World Customs Organization Framework of Standards and conforming national supply chain security programs.

Who Should Get Supply Chain Security Management System Certification?

ISO 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System Certificate can help organizations eliminate impacts on firms, such as breaks in the supply chain or security problems. It is important for such firms to correctly identify the risks that may arise in the supply chain and manage them effectively. ISO 28001 is an international standard that defines the requirements of the Supply Chain Security Management System and provides a management model for organizations seeking to implement it

Also, this standard establishes certain documentation requirements that would permit verification.

Users of this standard will:

  • define the portion of an international supply chain they have established security within.
  • conduct security assessments on that portion of the supply chain and develop adequate countermeasures to develop and implement a supply chain security plan. 
  • train security personnel in their security-related duties.

Process for Getting Supply Chain Security Management System Certification:

Typical steps to certification for standards include:

  • Preparation of the ISO 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System.
  • QSE Consultants assist in the development and use of implementation techniques to meet all requirements.
  • Applying with a 3rd Party Auditor (C3PAO).
  • A Consulting Firm trains the organization’s internal auditors to become competent to perform internal audits


QSE provides ISO 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System Internal Auditing Services to audit all requirements

Once ISO 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System is ready, one full cycle of Internal Audits.

Facilities need to initiate corrective actions and continual improvement is realized through the control of nonconforming products/services.

Facilities need to implement the prepared ISO 28001 for a minimum of 3 months and gather adequate data and records to show as evidence before the Certification Audit.

Managements of the facilities need to conduct one full-scale review of the entire Supply Chain Security Management System and ensure its adequacy for their organization.

The management team needs to identify Action items to make corrections to any ISO 28001  certification requirement not being fulfilled.

Once ISO 28001 is ready, one full cycle of internal audits is performed.

Once the Facility passes the ISO 28001 compliance audit successfully, the C3PAO issues a compliance certificate.

Supply Chain Security Management System Consulting, Auditing and Training Services from QSE

Quality Management Consultants can prepare you to meet ISO 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System requirements and show evidence of having an effectively implemented system.

QSE Consulting is the practice of assisting small, medium, and large organizations in developing, training, implementing, and maintaining all documentation/records for achieving ISO 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System certification

In addition to having a simplified system, the same is required to be audited periodically per a determined schedule to ensure that designed systems are being followed and controls are being exercised.

Audits performed by a team within the facility are called 1st Party Audit.

Audits performed by consultant firms like Quality Systems Enhancement are known as a second party audit.

Audits conducted by Certification Body are known as 3rd party audits.

3rd Party audit is conducted by a qualified Registrar with the accredited authority to perform certification audits and issue an ISO 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System Certification.

QSE consultants will ensure that certification is achieved with no or minimum nonconformities the first time around.

It is necessary to build a robust system that trains and compels employees to understand and adhere to defined roles, responsibilities, procedures, and controls to ensure continuity. QSE will assist in implementing the required training and awareness.

QSE Consultants provide training to top-level management as well as operations and office personnel in Risk-Based Thinking, Process Approach, and Continual Improvement of the employees’ role in achieving improvement.

Why is Consulting Required for ISO 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System?

Provide a detailed explanation of the intent of the standard.

Develop a Simplistic 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System that addresses all requirements of the standard.

A comprehensive Supply Chain Security Management System can create confidence in customers and provide the security needed to survive Supply Chain problems through preemptive solutions to unforeseen issues.

A 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System / ISO Standard consulting firm provides experience in the proper techniques for the development/implementation of the thoroughness of preparation and ease of 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System Certification through ISO Standard achievement by utilizing all of QSE’s 10-Step Approach.

A consulting firm such as QSE provides auditing services that:

Help the facility verify the accuracy and adequacy of implementation through 2nd Party 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System or ISO Internal Audits.

This system confirms thoroughness of root cause to help in making a correction and taking corrective actions of system deficiencies.

The 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System Certification Audit will be enacted by a 3rd Party accredited by the 28001 Accreditation Body.

Benefits of Having 28001 Supply Chain Security Management System Certification

ISO 28001 will help an organization to establish adequate levels of security within those part(s) of an international supply chain which it controls. It is also a basis for determining or validating the level of existing security within such organizations’ supply chain(s) by internal or external auditors or by those government agencies that choose to use compliance with this International Standard as the baseline for acceptance into their supply chain security programs.

  • Assist with the formation of the appropriate supply language and structure.
  • Increase product and service quality.
  • Increased quality of suppliers.
  • Play a major role in reducing custom time.
  • Helps the organization in managing security as an organic process.
  • Improved control over inventory and processes reduces damage, stoppages, and outages.
  • Cost-benefit analysis forms part of the risk assessment.
  • An effective management tool to implement measures of other security initiatives such as TAPA, C-TPAT, AEO, ISPS, etc.
  • Increased organizational resilience against disruptions (e.g. theft, smuggling, incidents, stoppages, delays, product tampering, etc.)
  • ISO 28001 certification improves your image as a professional supply chain stakeholder.

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