Check out our review of 2018 in 10 Resilient Posts

What a year it’s been! Natural disasters, political events, the Brexit negotiation, the Facebook breaches… You will find below a list of our 10 most popular publications from our contributors in 2018.

Thank you to all our much appreciated contributors for sharing their thoughts and opinion in 2018. And thank you to our readers for making The Resilience Post a success! We hope to see you around in 2019!

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Set the Standard – ISO 20121 – Event Sustainability Management

Events take a heavy toll on our resources, society and the environment. They can generate significant waste, put a strain on local resources like water or energy, or even ignite tensions in local communities. With ISO 20121, you can make your event sustainable, no matter its type or size.

The standard has been developed with input from many different stakeholders, including representatives from the event industry, to make it practical and useful. It addresses all stages of an events’ supply chain, and includes monitoring and measuring guidelines.

ISO 20121:2012 – Event sustainability management systems – Requirements with guidance for use

ISO 20121:2012 specifies requirements for an event sustainability management system for any type of event or event-related activity, and provides guidance on conforming to those requirements.

ISO 20121:2012 is applicable to any organization that wishes to:

  • establish, implement, maintain and improve an event sustainability management system;
  • ensure that it is in conformity with its stated sustainable development policy;
  • demonstrate voluntary conformity with ISO 20121:2012

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London 2012 – the catalyst for ISO 20121

Among stakeholders who provided input to the development of the standard were members of the sustainability team for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

David Stubbs, Head of Sustainability at LOCOG, said : “London 2012 is proud to have been the catalyst for ISO 20121. This is a piece of legacy with the potential to transform how events around the world consider their economic, environmental and social impacts.

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How does it work?

ISO 20121 offers guidance and best practice to help you manage your event and control its social, economic and environmental impact. Every action counts, from relying on tap water instead of plastic bottles to encouraging use of public transport. You might find that it also helps you cut unnecessary costs.

ISO 20121’s flexible approach means that it can be used for all types of events, from music festivals to school outings.

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Set the Standard – ISO 17025 – Laboratory Management Systems

Calibration as well as testing and analysing a sample is the daily practice of more than 60,000 laboratories worldwide, but how can they reassure customers about the reliability of their results?

ISO/IEC 17025:2017, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, is the international reference for laboratories carrying out calibration and testing activities around the world.

ISO/IEC 17025 enables laboratories to demonstrate that they operate competently and generate valid results, thereby promoting confidence in their work both nationally and around the world.Producing valid results that are widely trusted is at the heart of laboratory activities. ISO/IEC 17025:2017 allows laboratories to implement a sound quality system and demonstrate that they are technically competent and able to produce valid and reliable results.

ISO/IEC 17025 also helps facilitate cooperation between laboratories and other bodies by generating wider acceptance of results between countries. Test reports and certificates can be accepted from one country to another without the need for further testing, which, in turn, improves international trade.

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ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories

ISO/IEC 17025 specifies the general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of laboratories.

ISO/IEC 17025 is applicable to all organizations performing laboratory activities, regardless of the number of personnel.

Laboratory customers, regulatory authorities, organizations and schemes using peer-assessment, accreditation bodies, and others use ISO/IEC 17025 in confirming or recognizing the competence of laboratories.

ISO/IEC 17025 has two key clauses; Management Requirements which are associated with the performance and efficiency of the Quality Management System inside the laboratory, and Technical Requirements which focus on the competencies of employees, testing methodology, equipment, and the test and calibration results.

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Over the years, ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, has become the international reference for testing and calibration laboratories wanting to demonstrate their capacity to deliver trusted results. The International Standard, published jointly by ISO and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), contains a set of requirements enabling laboratories to improve their ability to produce consistently valid results.

However, the laboratory environment has changed dramatically since the standard was last published, leading to the decision to revise the standard and integrate significant changes. Steve Sidney, one of the Convenors of the working group revising the standard, explains: “The last version of ISO/IEC 17025 was published in 2005. Since then, market conditions have changed and we felt we could bring some improvements to the standard.”

> Read more ISO/IEC 17025 moves to final stage of revision | ISO.org

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ISO/IEC 17025 – Testing and calibration laboratories | ISO.org

ISO/IEC 17025 enables laboratories to demonstrate that they operate competently and generate valid results, thereby promoting confidence in their work both nationally and around the world.

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ISO/IEC 17025 moves to final stage of revision

Did you know ISO/IEC 17025:2005, the standard that gives requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories is being revised?