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RTMS Certification body spreads its wings amidst increasing business risks

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The ISO 13485, Quality Management Systems for Medical Devices standard will be mandatory for any company manufacturing, storing or transporting medical devices from 17 January 2025. Here the team from MJ Medical proudly showcases its latest accreditations relating to the transport and storage of medical devices. JC Auditors conducted the certifications.
The ISO 13485, Quality Management Systems for Medical Devices standard will be mandatory for any company manufacturing, storing or transporting medical devices from 17 January 2025. Here the team from MJ Medical proudly showcases its latest accreditations relating to the transport and storage of medical devices. JC Auditors conducted the certifications.

In line with the increasing demand for broader and more holistic risk management solutions, leading SANAS-accredited certification body JC Auditors (JCA) is expanding its service offering as part of an ongoing value-adding strategy.

Renowned for its pioneering work in the Road Transport Management System (RTMS) field, the company has built a solid track record over almost two decades as experts in risk management systems, especially in the logistics sector.

“We’re proud of our work and reputation in the transport sector,” says JCA Managing Director Oliver Naidoo. “Over the past 15 years, we’ve played an active role in promoting RTMS in the country and as risk management experts, our client portfolio includes South Africa’s biggest corporates right through to one-man truck operations. Although we are strongest in road transport, we operate across all sectors, with a steadily growing client base in manufacturing, mining, healthcare, medical devices, engineering and other niche industries.”

According to Naidoo, the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent global challenges have highlighted the need for robust business continuity plans like never before, placing risk management as a key business consideration. “With clients driving our innovation, we’re committed to growing our expertise and introducing new programmes that keep abreast of new risks that our clients are faced with.”

New emissions standard

JCA is the only body in Africa to offer accredited certifications for RTMS, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 22000, ISO 3834 and ISO 13485 under one umbrella. It has now added ISO 14083 to this ever-growing list of certifications.

This new standard for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is aimed specifically at the freight transport sector, an industry that accounts for about 11% of the world’s GHG emissions. This is an important development for the sector, says Naidoo, and enables transport operators to accurately track their performance in the quest for reduced emissions in the drive to address climate change.

“Environmental management is a growing concern around the world with increasing emphasis placed on these certifications,” he says. “Considering the challenges the freight sector faces in calculating its GHG emissions due to the complexities of interwoven supply chains that use multiple transport modes, we believe this standard will deliver many success stories, as it is intended to enable transporters to minimise emissions through accurate quantification and subsequent actions.”

Transporting medical devices safely

Another standard now certified by JCA is ISO 13485, Quality Management Systems for Medical Devices. This standard will be mandatory for any company manufacturing, storing or transporting medical devices from 17 January 2025.

Currently, more than 1 400 companies in South Africa are involved in this sector and are granted Medical Device Licences by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). Naidoo says the introduction of ISO 13485 will be a game-changer in the country, improving efficiency significantly in the warehousing and movement of medical devices while also delivering a safer and more secure supply chain.

JCA is in talks with some of the biggest players in this field as the company starts issuing certifications for this standard. Naidoo urges companies not to wait until 2024 to get certified.

“Certification is a two-step process, typically with a three-to-six-month gap between the two. A key determinant of how long this process takes is dependent on the current level of performance. Should a company, however, have to take corrective measures after the initial assessment, it is essential they give themselves enough time to do so before the 2025 deadline, as this could take several months.”

Oliver Naidoo, Managing Director of JC Auditors: “The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent global challenges have, like never before, highlighted the need for robust business continuity plans, placing risk management as a key business consideration.”
Oliver Naidoo, Managing Director of JC Auditors: “The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent global challenges have, like never before, highlighted the need for robust business continuity plans, placing risk management as a key business consideration.”

Cyber security

Another area of risk the company is getting involved in is cyber risk which has become an increasing concern as accelerated technology innovation continues to change the face of business.

“One is confronted daily with hapless businesses falling prey to this new breed of unrelenting cyber criminals. We see many businesses crippled once their information systems have been hacked. We know from global trends that it is often a single employee that inadvertently allows these criminals access to company data, often because they have not been trained and just don’t know any better,” says Naidoo.

With this in mind, JCA has launched a cyber security online training centre which is aimed at empowering a business’ first line of defence. “Our cyber security training addresses the South African context speaking directly to the needs of local companies. Through this training centre, companies proactively manage this new threat by empowering every employee in the organisation with the necessary knowledge to protect data and reduce risk,” says Naidoo.

With ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) along with risk management becoming key factors in the business environment, JCA is hitting the right buttons with its new suite of offerings.

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