The Port Boulogne Calais obtains a quadruple ISO certification
Published on 24.05.2019
Port Boulogne Calais has just obtained simultaneous certification of its management systems in the fields of Quality, Environment, Health and Safety at Work and, finally, Food Safety. It now meets the international standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 22000. That makes the Port Boulogne Calais the only port in Europe to obtain a quadruple ISO certification.
After more than three years of effort, a complete overhaul of its organisation and a major commitment on the part of its employees, Port Boulogne Calais now meets the latest versions of four Quality standards of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO and OHSAS for the 18001 standard).
The ISO 22000 standard covers only the Boulogne-sur-Mer site, France's leading fishing port and Europe's leading seafood processing centre. This allows Port Boulogne Calais to guarantee the control of risks related to food safety for its customers in the Capécure industrial zone.
Our declared ambition: to become the leading port in Europe
Port Boulogne Calais made the ambitious choice, as early as 2015 when it signed the concession contract awarded by the Hauts de France Region, to carry out a simultaneous certification programme encompassing all its activities, and on its two sites in Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais.
As a consequence, in May 2019, it became the only European port, and this is without precedent, to obtain the quadruple certification of all its activities.
It is worth noting that ISO and OHSAS quality management standards are the most widely used standards worldwide and are based on international managerial standards.
One goal: excellence
The certifications issued cover a period of 3 years. However, Port Boulogne Calais has chosen a half-yearly audit, rather than an annual one, to ensure the continuous improvement of its organisation.
This quadruple certification is the result of long, hard work but it aims above all, for Port Boulogne Calais, to provide the best service to its customers and partners today and tomorrow with Calais Port 2015.
Our organisation wishes to go even further in its aim for excellence and will commit itself in the coming months to a process to achieve the ISO 26000 standard on social responsibility.
Jean-Marc Puissesseau, Chief Executive Officer of Port Boulogne Calais, reports: "It is a source of both very great satisfaction and very great pride. Never before has a single port in France and Europe embarked on such an ambitious certification programme. Port Boulogne Calais is becoming a real benchmark. This is how we are demonstrating our organisation's ambition and willingness to become "more than just a port".