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Old 11-08-2005, 01:32 PM   #1
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Anyone in the UK who gets PrintWeek will see a letter I have written concerning the fact the the BPIF , with very little consultation has decided to introduce a BSI kitemark standard for print - basically by implication down grading our ISO standard.
Do printers in the US work to an international standard???
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Old 11-08-2005, 02:04 PM   #2
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Peter:

ISO 9001:2000 isn't specififically a standard for print, so presumably if the BPIF introduce its own quality mark (not a kitemark: that's BSI copyright!), it may be used additionally to, not instead of, the ISO mark.

American printers can work to ISO 9001, but I don't know if many do. Americans generally seem sorry they ever proposed, or at least supported, ISO.

   
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Old 11-08-2005, 02:22 PM   #3
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Its a specific standard BSI PAS 75 - and it is a Kitemark .
to replace ISO 9000/2000
its a real mess - for quality printers ISO works fine - for the guys that just buy the Certificate they will do that anyway.
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Old 11-08-2005, 02:57 PM   #4
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Peter:

I've read the article now:

'A Kitemark scheme for printing firms has been developed by the BPIF in conjunction with the British Standards Institution (BSI).
The standard, PAS 75, aims to help printers and buyers by providing a benchmark for the quality of a printer's business processes and customer service – identified as important by print buyers – as well as quality print production.'

I thought you meant the BPIF was introducing its own standard. I have no idea what print buyers expect, but anyone that has ISO 9000 certification (which isn't cheap to get) obviously is already working to ascertainable quality standards.

   
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