BUREAU VERITAS FOR THE BENEFIT OF BUSINESS AND PEOPLE


 

By SHAKERA EBRAHIM
May 09 - 15, 2005
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Bureau Veritas is a professional services firm dedicated to Quality, Health & Safety and Environment Management (QHSE). It was founded in 1828 in Antwerp by a group of businessmen who had become increasingly concerned by the massive financial losses being incurred by traders and merchants due to the sinking and disappearance of merchant ships. In May 1829, the first register ship appeared.

Tracing back its history from Antwerp in 1828, Bureau Veritas has now carved itself an international niche. Today, it is among the top ten French companies based on the number of sites worldwide.

From its laboratories in Asia to Marine centers in each continent, via its subsidiaries, headquarters and branches in 140 countries, Bureau Veritas can offer its customers 550 points of contact on all 5 continents. In an increasingly globalized world, Bureau Veritas whose presence on all continents means that it is never far from its customers helps them generate added-value. In touch with economic concerns, abreast of the latest know-how and technology, it scrutinizes developments, and then adopts its services to meet changing needs.

With a qualified work force of over 13,000 highly dedicated & professionally equipped staff, Bureau Veritas serves more than 200,000 customers from numerous different industries across the world.

Bureau Veritas has a recognized and undisputed expertise in major industrial sectors which include:

* Marine Inspections
* International Trade (Pre-Shipment Inspection)
* Aeronautics & Space
* Energy & Process (Industrial Inspection)
* Building & Facilities
* Automotive
* Telecom & Electronics
* Industrial Equipment
* Transportation & Logistics
* System Certification Services

Bureau Veritas Group has secured the recognition of numerous states and international organization all over the world. These accreditations, approvals and delegations bear out the work done by Bureau Veritas teams and give credibility to the services offered to customers. In the marine sector, 125 flag states have delegated powers to Bureau Veritas,

BUREAU VERITAS QUALITY INTERNATIONAL, (BVQI) is the Bureau Veritas dedicated and independent certification subsidiary. It started its business journey in April 1988 in UK. A key strength of BVQI is its unparalleled portfolio of services across the areas of Quality, Health & Safety, Environment, Social Responsibility and Security. Our BVQI certification network continued to grow in strength and presence. No competitor equals our coverage. With 35 subsidiaries and offices in over 80 countries, BVQI is operational in most important geographies, and can achieve further coverage, thanks to the presence of Bureau Veritas in more than 140 countries. BVQI has to date issued more than 60,000 certificates world-wide. BVQI employs more than 2,800 highly trained and experienced auditors spanning five continents, specializing in every branch of economic activity. In order to maintain its reputation of excellence and provide its clients with credible certificates, BVQI (being the world's largest accredited certification body) holds accreditations from more than 30 separate national and international accreditation bodies, allowing clients appropriate recognition of their value all over the world.

BVQI participates in a number of professional external organizations and committees such as IIOC, EOTC, EFQM, ISO TC-176 & ISO-QSAR.

 

 

Having spent a successful decade in other parts of the world, BVQI extended its roots to Pakistani market in April 1999 and established its first office in Karachi. We now have established our two full-fledged operational branch offices in Lahore & Sialkot. From our early beginnings, BVQI-Pakistan has built its business upon the cornerstones of high quality personnel, value-added auditing and customer responsiveness. Over a short period of four years, BVQI-Pakistan's clientele has exceeded more than 900 small, simple structured companies as well as multinational networks and many big business giants.

BVQI was the first Certification Company in the world to obtain accreditation for ISO 14001, Environmental management Systems and was amongst the first to be officially recognized as environmental verifiers under the EC Eco-Management and Audit Schemes (EMAS). Hino Pak Motors, Pharmacia Pakistan, Parke-Davis, Fauji Fertilizer, Mehran Bottlers, Pakistan State Oil Terminal, Engro VoPak, Caltex and Al-Karam Textile are just to name a few big names that are certified by BVQI-Pakistan on ISO 14001 Standard.

BVQI-Pakistan feels pride to be the preferred certification body for Quality Management System Certification (ISO 9001: 2000) of the country's major leading Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) like Shell, Caltex, PSO, Mobil Askari Lubricants Ltd. and Pakistan Lubricants.

Combining two or more management systems, with fully integrated responsibilities and authorities, into a single certification package brings central control as well as time and cost benefits. BVQI is well practiced at building auditing teams with the right blend of skills to meet the demands of this type of certification. BVQI-Pakistan has successfully assessed the integrated systems of companies like Sitara Textile, Unilever Pakistan, Pakistan Refinery Ltd. BSN Medical (Smith & Nephew), Leather Connections, Unilever Pakistan etc.

Just after two years of its inception, BVQI-Pakistan was the first ever certification body in Pakistan to be honoured by the accreditation of Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC). Apart from this, BVQI-Pakistan is also approved by Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST) for its certification business in Pakistan.

The certification related training has also undergone a major review with a full update of our portfolio. Bureau Veritas is the leading provider of IRCA certified Auditor Training Courses. We now have more than 12 accredited IRCA courses and a further 200 courses in certification to assist clients to improve their performance in the areas of Quality, Health, Safety, Environment, Social Responsibility and Security. Every year more than 60,000 people are trained through some 4,000 courses presented by Bureau Veritas.

As Bureau Veritas Pakistan remained the trendsetter in various certification related areas, BV-Pakistan also reserves the right to arrange the first-ever conducted IRCA (International Registrar of Certificated Auditors) Registered ISO 9001: 2000 Transition Training Course in Pakistan. During its short but glorious tenure, BVQI-Pakistan has maintained its history and arranged the first IRCA Registered Occupational Health & Safety (OHSAS 18001: 1999) Training and Assessment program for the country's most prestigious companies in the year 2002.

The marine services are the oldest of all Bureau Veritas activities. The Marine Division's overriding concern, since 1828, has been the safety of ships and seafarers. The Marine Division of BV-Pakistan was the first one to take the initiative of launching International Code of Ship & Port Facilities (ISPS) Training for the maritime sector.

BV-Pakistan has been actively involved in launching many registered & non-registered courses in the areas of Environment Management System (ISO 14001: 1996), Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSAS 18001: 1999), Quality Management System (ISO 9001: 2000), Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP Food Safety Management System). BV-Pakistan is also unique in providing In-house Training at the clients premises tailored for their particular needs. Training on ISO 14001: 2004 Standard have also started to handle the transition to the new version.

BVQI-Pakistan has been competently providing Social Compliance Audit Services to the international buyers like Auchan, K-Mart, Wall Mart, Shopko, Revman, Contempo, Asda, Tesco, Coop Italia etc. for assessing apparel exporters of Pakistan.

BVQI-Pakistan offers a full range of services including:

System Certification:

* ISO 9000

Quality Management System

* ISO 14000

Environmental Management System

* ISO 13485 & ISO 13488

Health care & Medical Devices

* QS 9000/TS 16949

Automotive Sector

* AS 9000

Aviation Sector

* TickIT

Information Technology - E - Business

* HACCP/BRC/ GMP/ Europgap

Food Safety

* Safety Cert.

Occupational Health & Safety (OHSAS 18001)

* SA 8000

Ethical & Social Accountability Certification

* ISO 17799 & BS 7799

Information Security

PRODUCT CERTIFICATION:

* Food Products
* CE Marking for medical devices
* EU Pressure Equipment Directives

BVQI-Pakistan has shaped its services to address the fast changing needs of business today matching the best people, products and services to the needs of our clients. BVQI people learn fast, find better faster ways to improve upon our service and support, we listen to our customers, ensuring that we are achieving the business expectations they have set for themselves. BVQI is successful because we adhere to the basic strategy of providing value-added benefit to our clients. We have the experience, expertise and vision to provide clients with forward thinking, and innovative solutions enabling them to better compete in today's business environment.

From education, textile, Oil & Gas, pharmaceutical & health care sectors, nonetheless in every sphere of trade, BVQI-Pakistan has been providing its services to the best of its abilities. BSN Medical, Brookes Pharmaceutical, Nabi Qasim Pharmaceutical, Abbot Laboratories, Syngenta Pakistan (Novartis), Parke-Davis, BASF Pakistan, Barrette Hodgson Pakistan, College of Aeronautical Engineering, Military College of Engineering, Pakistan Air War College, The City School, The Kidney Centre, Dr. Essa's Laboratory, Al-Karam Textile Mills, J&M Clothing, Fauji Fertilizer, Tapal Tea, Gerry's Dnata Pakistan, Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT) and hundreds more are the companies that feel proud to be certified by BVQI-Pakistan.

This is not it.... It's just the tip of an iceberg. BVQI-Pakistan started its journey of success five years back and now it's growing and expanding day by day. We encourage breakthrough thinking because success in today's global marketplace depends upon our ability to push the boundaries, find smarter approaches and better solutions. If you are seeking a Registrar that's positioned for the 21st century, that understands the client's need for success and profitability, BVQI is the sensible choice.

 

 

The author is Business Development Executive BVQI-Pakistan