Welcome to the EPPS affiliate newsletter for March.
In this edition of the
newsletter we want to provide you with a background into
ISO Standards, the benefits [to prospects] of ISO
Standards, EPPS key products, and
why ISO certification
is NOT just for big business. We've got a
lot to cover, so onwards...
So what exactly is an ISO Standard?
An ISO standard is a
document that provides requirements, specifications,
guidelines or characteristics that can be used
consistently to ensure that materials, products,
processes and services are fit for their purpose.
What are the benefits
of ISO International Standards?
ISO International Standards ensure that products and
services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For
business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by
minimizing waste and errors, and increasing
productivity. They help companies to access new markets,
level the playing field for developing countries and
facilitate free and fair global trade. To learn more
about ISO Standards,
EPPS Key Products
The ISO 27000 family of standards helps organizations
keep information assets secure. Using this family of
standards will help an organization manage the security
of assets such as financial information, intellectual
property, employee details or information entrusted to
them by third parties.
ISO/IEC 27001 is the best-known standard in the family
providing requirements for an information security
management system [ISMS]. An ISMS is a systematic
approach to managing sensitive company information so
that it remains secure. It includes people, processes
and IT systems by applying a risk management process. It
can help small, medium and large businesses in any
sector keep information assets secure.
To check out EPPS's
27001Toolkits i.e. the documentation required by clients
to support the implementation of ISO 27001 in their
9001Academy ISO 9001:2008 sets out the criteria
for a quality management system and is the only standard
in the family that can be certified to [although this is
not a requirement]. It can be used by any organization,
large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In
fact ISO 9001:2008 is implemented by over one million
companies and organizations in over 170 countries.
This standard is based on a number of quality management
principles including a strong customer focus, the
motivation and implication of top management, the
process approach and continual improvement. These
principles are explained in more detail in the pdf
Quality Management Principles. Using ISO 9001:2008 helps
ensure that customers get consistent, good quality
products and services, which in turn brings many
To check out EPPS's
9001Toolkits i.e. the documentation required by clients
to support the implementation of ISO 9001 in their
This academy is dedicated to IT Service
ITIL [Information Technology Infrastructure Library]
and ISO 20000 are the core standards covered.
ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000, though different, have much in
common, both cover service management, are used
internationally and can be studied through formal
training. ITIL provides good practice guidelines,
advice and options that can be selectively adopted and
adapted. ISO/IEC 20000 is a standard in two parts.
Part 1, ISO/IEC 20000-1 is the distillation of the "must
do" practices of service management. Part 2, ISO/IEC
20000-2 is a code of practice giving advice.
ITIL is usually the starting point and in
practice is often used by organizations wanting to
address a particular "point of pain", such as a process
that is obviously failing. Once one process has been
implemented successfully it soon becomes obvious that
the related processes would also be worth
implementing...and a service improvement journey begins.
Achieving ISO/IEC 20000 is undertaken when
organizations want to test and prove they have adopted
ITIL advice effectively. It is used to develop
consistent, integrated processes across organizational
and national boundaries. Customer organizations also use
it to compare providers.
To check out EPPS's
20000Toolkits i.e. the documentation required by clients
to support the implementation of ISO 20000 in their
The ISO 14000 family addresses various aspects of
environmental management. It provides practical tools
for companies and organizations looking to identify and
control their environmental impact and constantly
improve their environmental performance. ISO 14001:2004
and ISO 14004:2004 focus on environmental management
systems. The other standards in the family focus on
specific environmental aspects such as life cycle
analysis, communication and auditing.
The benefits of using ISO
14001:2004 can include:
Reduced cost of waste
Savings in consumption
of energy and materials
image among regulators, customers and the public
To check out EPPS's
14001Toolkits i.e. the documentation required by clients
to support the implementation of ISO 14001 in their
ISO Certification is
NOT just for big business!
One issue that has been
brought up repeatedly by potential EPPS affiliate
partners is the misconception that ISO certification is
something that’s just for large enterprises/the Fortune
1000. ISO certification is an extremely valuable tool
for small businesses too! To give you some
context, below are some details on our [current]
30% of our clients
have 20 employees or less. [Some clients you
can, literally, count their staff on one hand].
EPPS works with all
verticals. There’s no company that can’t use our
service, and we have pretty much all verticals as
past and current clients. That said, our top
At least 20% of
all ISO certifications are for small businesses
i.e. the 20 employee mark, or less. [Given that
1.6 million ISO certificates were awarded in 2013,
this should show the potential of the market for
Further to the above,
below are some reasons why small businesses need to
seriously consider ISO certification.
ISO certification is a
strategic decision for growing a small business.
ISO certification can
help a small business:
improvements in business functions.
business. [Many companies require their
suppliers/contractors to have ISO
Make a significant
difference in customer satisfaction [due
to improved systems/processes].
doesn’t require huge volumes of documentation.
Only 7 documents are required for small
businesses i.e. the Quality Manual and the 6
required procedures. [I can send you more details on
this if you wish].
Do you want to develop
your own landing page for paid search campaigns?
If this is of interest,
please email me.
We're in a position to provide you with form hosting so
you can submit completed form data to EPPS servers [with
full CJ tracking].
Below are the steps of the
1. Send me a request to
develop your own landing page [with form hosting].
2. I'll send you information to help you build the
3. You build the landing page, and email it to me for
Until the landing page is
approved, the form on the landing page will point to our
Once your landing page has
been approved we'll point to a live URL, and make the
landing page public.