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NCI Certification still enthusiastic about Safety Culture ladder

From day one NCI Certification has been involved in setting up the Safety Culture Ladder. It therefore is no surprise we are regularly asked to share our knowledge with others. In the most recent study case of the Governance Code NCI Certification CEO Hanneke de Vries shares her experiences.

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HLS becomes HS, what does that mean?

High Level Structure (HLS) is the system that contains all common structures of the ISO standards. HLS ensures that standards connect seamlessly with each other by, among other things, a set of core requirements that are the same for all standards. This is especially useful when several standards are assessed at the same time within a company.

In May 2021, the updated variant of HLS was launched: Harmonized Structure (HS). From now on, the HS will be included in all new and future ISO management systems.

The changes in a nutshell

There are no major changes in terms of content. However, some parts will become more concrete and others will get more space for individual interpretation. All changes in a row:

  • Met het opnemen van termen en definities in de HS wordt er naar verwachting meer transparantie en duidelijkheid gecreëerd.
  • Recording the needs and expectations of stakeholders becomes more important. A company may decide for itself how many and which stakeholders it will record, but it must substantiate its choice.
  • Change management has been made the same for all management systems and standards.
  • It is no longer necessary to document information in a fixed format.
For which standards?

All ISO standards that NCI Certification is allowed to certify fall under the renewed Harmonized Structure. It concerns ISO 9001 (quality management system), ISO 14001 (environmental management system), ISO 27001 (information security) and ISO 45001 (health and safety management system). More information about these standards can be found on our website.

User-friendly SCL Webtool

The SCL Webtool is a useful tool for companies. The online environment makes it possible to carry out a self-assessment as part of the certification process. The SAQ report, plan of action, statement and the GAP report can both be placed in a file within the web tool. You as a user can give third parties, for example an auditor, access to these documents.

More user-friendly

For an even more user-friendly experience, a number of updates have been made:

  1. The questionnaire has been rewritten so that everyone understands it.
  2. For non-performing organisations, explanatory notes have been added. This way, architects, engineering firms and consultants can translate the questions to their own situation.
  3. Some questions were given a general explanation to make them easier to interpret.
  4. Several web pages have been updated. For example, tips have been added for administrators on how the questionnaires can be used effectively within the company.
  5. PDFs of the questionnaires are available free of charge for subscribers. They are intended for internal use and consultation.

Go to the SCL Webtool.

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ISO 27001 change

ISO 27001

Securing private data has never been more important. You, your customers and other stakeholders do not want your personal data to end up on the street due to a data leak or hack, for example.

ISO 27001 for your company

ISO 27001 is an international standard that describes how you can deal with securing information. It demonstrates responsibility and integrity in areas such as data protection. Is ISO 27001 only for large companies? No, this certification is for all organisations that deal with the process of personal data.

Curious what we can do for your business? Request a non-binding quotation or make an appointment with one of our employees.

Change of management measures

After eight years, the ISO 27002 standard is being modernised. ISO 27002 is the part of the ISO 27001 standard that contains the management measures related to information security. The content of these measures will change, which means that 96 of the current 114 will remain. ISO 27001 only changes because of the links to ISO 27002 in annex A.

The new version will not be implemented immediately, but will have a transition period of three years. The revised version will be published between Q4 2021 and Q1 2022. We will inform you as soon as the publication date is known.

We understand that you may have questions. To answer them, we will organise a webinar in the first half of 2022. More information will follow.

Safety Culture Ladder | Changes

Level restriction for Safety Culture Ladder products

NEN has decided to introduce a level restriction for certain Safety Culture Ladder products. As a result, not all products can be used for assessment on all levels.

Handbook SCL version 4.0

A new version of the SCL 4.0 manual has been published on the NEN website. This incorporates the ‘loose documents’ (which were previously listed separately) including, for example, audits with offshore in the scope.


ViA implementation date remains 1 January 2022 despite COVID-19 lockdown

Despite COVID-19, the implementation date of ViA remains January 1, 2022. This decision was taken because the work in the construction industry is not at a standstill. In addition, NEN has instituted a temporary measure that allows ‘remote audits’ to be carried out in respect of office functions.

Bericht ViA

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NCI Certification opens an office in Germany

It’s time! NCI Certification has opened its first foreign office in Düsseldorf, Germany!

Just as in the Netherlands, we will certify organisations in Germany in a personal, committed and transparent way! Our team has therefore been expanded with German speaking (native) auditors and office staff.

We are very proud of this great step in the internationalisation of NCI Certification. We grow not only in the Netherlands, but also beyond!

Contact details Germany

NCI Zertifizierung | Alt-Heerdt 104 40549 Düsseldorf Germany
+49 (0)211-63552452 | |

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