Successful Recertification

Behind us is now an eventful year when it comes to certifications at Zollner.

Due to the harmonizing and revision of standards to the so-called “High-level Structure”, it became necessary to revise and adapt existing processes belonging to the Zollner Management System. 

During the course of recertification and surveillance audits, revised Zollner Management System processes “Quality, Environmental Protection and Information Security” were audited for 145 man days at German sites and abroad by auditors from the DEKRA Certifying body.

Automotive standard ISO/TS 16949 was examined in the main plant, in Zandt, and in our foreign locations in Hungary, Romania, China and Costa Rica. 

In the Medical Device sector, the Zandt main plant and locations in Altenmarkt I and Neukirchen were audited according to the EN ISO 13485 standard.

For DIN EN ISO 9001/14001/50001 standards (Quality and Energy Management), Taicang (only 9001/14001), Altenmarkt I and Satu Mare II were subjected to auditing, along with the Zandt main plant. Here the certification was in accordance with the new versions of EN ISO 9001:2015 and DIN EN ISO 14001:2015. The update to these standards required significant adaptation in our management system.

Certification for the Rail Industry was executed in the main plant, Zandt, and Altenmarkt I, according to the new ISO/TS 22163 standard. The Vác location was audited according to the previous standard from IRIS

Our Information Security Management System, in accordance with DIN EN ISO 27001, was subjected to recertification at our Zandt main plant as were plants abroad, Vác, Szügy, Satu Mare I and Satu Mare II.

The auditors placed special emphasis on their competent contacts, who responded to questions with their specialist knowledge and expertise. 

Deviations recognized during the certification audit were able to be eliminated during the defined grace periods and confirmed to the certifying body.
As a result, the certifying body was able to write their recommendation for the issuance or preservation of the certificates, such that we were able to receive the certificate for the individual sectors in which we work.

This successful realization of certification could not be achieved solely with the dedicated implementation of new and revised standards requirements in our integrated management systems.

We want to give our heartfelt thanks to all of our co-workers.

Outlook toward new certifications:

Changes to individual standards wait just outside our doors for 2018, too.

The ISO/TS 16949 Automotive standard was revised and can be found in the future under the title “IATF 16949”

Additionally, certification in DIN EN ISO/IEC 80079-34 (quality management for devices in explosive areas) is being striven toward at the Furth im Wald site. Certification of adherence to requirements was already issued at the end of last year by UL (Underwriters Laboratories - a US certification body), based on their own audit.

Medical Technology standard DIN EN ISO 13485:2003 was also revised. Now certification must be earned according to the new standard, DIN EN ISO 13485:2016.

This means our management system needs to be, or needs to have been adapted in order to be able to meet the new requirements of these standards and those of our customers.
We ask all employees to actively contribute to this implementation, so we can master this challenge.

With continuous further development of our management system, we can withstand constant competition and further strengthen our customers’ trust in us.

Author: Karl Weinberger (GMIC)

ISO/TS 16949 Certification in Germany