Companies need a culture of integrity and compliance in order to be successful in the long term. Taking into account the needs and expectations of interested parties is more than just a foundation – it is an opportunity for sustained success. In an ideal case, compliance management is also already integrated in financial, risk, quality, environmental and health management, as well as in operational matters and processes.
What are the requirements of the standard?
The DIN ISO 19600 standard on compliance management systems is an international set of guidelines containing requirements on how compliance management systems are to be structured. ISO 19600 focuses on risk analyses as well as on preventing potential damage. Moreover, it prevents employee misconduct in the long term.
The most important contents of the standard include:
- Company management (good governance)
- Codes of conduct
- Risk analyses
The principles and structure of the standard are based on DIN EN ISO 9001 and follow the Deming circle: plan, do, check and adjust. This cyclical approach is the basis of all management systems. As such, companies and organizations can react quickly to legal and regulatory changes and adjust their processes accordingly. There are also overlaps with other standards, such as ISO 14001, ISO/IEC 27001 or ONR 49001. This clearly demonstrates that compliance affects all areas of a company.
What are the objectives and advantages of the certification?
The creation, introduction and implementation of a compliance management system is a preventive strategic decision on the part of an organization. A compliance management system specifies the proof needed and describes the requirements for functioning compliance in the company. Furthermore, it offers systematic proof that the organization, its supervisory bodies and its employees act in compliance with the law. There are many reasons in favor of the introduction and certification of a compliance management system, including:
- Monitoring of regulatory requirements and national and international laws
- Reduction of business risk
- Sustainable trust of stakeholders
With its renowned TÜV PROFiCERT-plus brand, TÜV Hessen is one of the first certification companies to offer certification of your compliance management system to DIN ISO 19600:2016.
The TÜV PROFiCERT-plus certificate for a compliance management system is awarded upon successful completion of the certification process. It is valid for three years and must be confirmed every year by a monitoring audit.