ISO CONSULTANCY & CERTIFICATION SERVICES
With a strong emphasis enforced by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower, companies are often required to obtain Management System Certifications before they are able to tender for projects. We know what is required for various projects and the shortest process to obtain these certifications.
In general, companies that are accredited with these certificates instill a sense of standard and credibility to their clients, and of course adhering to the standards will require the companies to follow the set of rules for the various certificates.
Getting accredited with the certificates can be a tedious process and requires someone with proper understanding and knowledge. At QE Safety Consultancy, Singapore’s preferred choice for getting certificate accreditation consultation, we can handle the necessary procedures and attend to all the requirements from the respective certification bodies.
For interested parties, you may click the contact us button below and fill the form up with the ISO management system, Casetrust, or BizSAFE level you are interested in. Our staff will receive it and contact you thereafter.
ISO Consultancy Services
Click to select the ISO you’d want to learn more about.
ISO 22000:2018 – Food Safety Management System (covered by EDG)
ISO 22301:2019 – Business Continuity Management System (covered by EDG)
ISO 27001:2018 – Information Security Management System (covered by EDG)
ISO 27701:2019 – Privacy Information Management System (covered by EDG)
BizSAFE Consultancy Services
BizSAFE is a five-step programme to help your company to build up capabilities in addressing workplace safety, health and security. Companies in Singapore looking to attain consultancy for BizSAFE certifications either to apply for project tenders or just to keep their company workplace safe, in general, can do so with us. Our BizSAFE consultancy services include the preparation and submission of documents to the Workplace Safety and Health Council (from BizSAFE 3 onwards).
Applicants (Company owner, Director, CEO/Top Management, and one who has the responsibilities to carry out safety policy in the company) must attend a 1/2-day workshop titled “Workshop for CEO/Top Management (bizSAFE Level 1)”
Organizations must nominate a Risk Management (RM) champion to attend a bizSAFE course on Risk Management which is usually titled as “Develop a Risk Management Implementation Plan bizSAFE Level 2”. At the end of the course, the RM Champion will be expected to be able to chart out an RM implementation plan.
Organizations must engage an approved independent auditor to assess the implementation of Risk Management in the enterprise. Upon approval, the enterprise will be recognized as a bizSAFE level 3 enterprise. Organizations that have attained bizSAFE 3 will be able to utilize and showcase the logo on their website and similar platforms as a showcase that it is a bizSAFE 3 organization.
For Level 4, your organization must select a Workplace Safety and Health Management System (WSHMS) Programme Lead to attend the bizSAFE course on WSHMS. In addition, the WSHMS Programme Lead must be able to develop a WSH Implementation Plan for your organization. As a result, your organization may apply for bizSAFE Level 4 status.
An enterprise must engage an independent third-party certification company to certify that the WSHMS meets ISO 45001:2018 or similar international standards. With the audit report on those standards, the enterprise must submit an online application to obtain bizSAFE Level Star. There are various ways an organization can obtain a bizSAFE star. As mentioned if the organizations meet ISO 45001:2018 or similar international standards, they will automatically be bizSAFE star equivalent.
BizSAFE 1, 2, and 4 workshop information.
BizSAFE level and course name
Days of the workshop to attend
|BizSAFE 1 (Workshop for CEO/Top Management)||1/2-day course|
|BizSAFE 2 (Develop a Risk Management Implementation Plan)||2-day course including 1-day assessment|
|BizSAFE 4 (Develop a Workplace Safety and Health Management System (WSHMS) Implementation Plan)||4-day course including 1-day assessment|
CaseTrust is part of the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) and is Singapore’s standard for firms that want to demonstrate their dedication to fair trade and consumer transparency.
A business that attains it, proves their business commitment to their customers and in turn, instills customer confidence in that business resulting in greater customer loyalty and increased patronage to the business.
Below are some of the industries may require CaseTrust accreditation:
- Spa and wellness
- Bus Service providers
- Jewelry Businesses
- Direct selling business
- Hair and cosmetology
What is the Enterprise Development Grant (EDG)?
Enterprise Development Grant:
The enterprise development grant covers up to 90% of qualifying project costs such as Consultancy fees, training fees and certification cost.
To be eligible for the Enterprise Development Grant (EDG)
You need to:
- Be registered and operating in Singapore
- Have a minimum of 30% local shareholding
- Be in a financially viable position to start and complete the project
The EDG awarded by Enterprise Singapore is aimed to help Singaporean companies gain internationally recognized standards and certifications which will in turn help businesses gain international credibility.
FAQ for EDG:
What is EDG?
EDG is the short form for Enterprise Development Grant. This grant was announced in the Annual Budget 2018. In short, EDG is a grant for established local SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) to help them grow and transform their businesses.
Does EDG cover basic management systems like ISO 9001?
No. EDG does not cover basic management systems like ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001. The ISO services covered have already been listed.
How much funding can I get?
You can get funding of up to 90%. However, most SMEs will get up to 80% funding only. Before COVID-19, the original support level was 70%. To fight against the impending recession, the Supplementary Budget aka Resilience Budget 2020 raised the support level to 80%. Only SMEs severely affected by COVID-19 will get the maximum support level of 90% on a case-by-case basis and as determined by ESG.
When will EDG end?
At Budget 2019, EDG’s 70% support level was to end on 31st March 2023. The new support level of up to 80% to 90% will end on 31st December 2020.
Who approves EDG?
Enterprise Singapore (ESG), gives the final green light to all EDG grants.
What is the maximum grant?
That depends on the scope of the project. The grant is correlated to the size of the company in terms of turnover and manpower. We do not have the exact algorithm nor science on this.
Am I eligible for EDG?
To be eligible, you are required to:
- Have a registered company and operating in Singapore
- Have at least 30% local shareholding
- Be in a financially viable position to start and complete the project.
What does it mean by “Be in a financially viable position to start and complete the project”?
Based on our previous experience, a company should have a reasonable amount of turnover for the past three years. The 3 years audited accounts will be required when you apply for the grant.
Is there a minimum employee size?
Our experience tells us that it should not be zero or just one. And the project sum must justify the size of the company. A good number should be 5 employees and they should not include directors, partners or owners.
Is there a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) for an EDG project?
Yes. With effect from 1 April 2020, SMEs will need to commit to improving workers’ outcome, such as creating more jobs or increasing wages.
So, are startups eligible for EDG?
In general, startups are not eligible for EDG. If you are a startup, you can look at the ecosystem meant for startups: Startup SG network.
What do you mean by certified consultants?
From 1 January 2017, if you engage consultants, they need to be certified management consultants. SMEs should ensure that consultants involved in EDG must possess Enterprise Singapore-recognised certification; failing which Enterprise Singapore reserves the right not to support the consultancy fees incurred.
It looks complicated. Can you help us fill the application form?
If you have officially appointed us as your consultant, we are more than happy to guide you along.
What other supporting documents do we require for the application?
You need the following:
- Your project proposal
- Latest ACRA search results
- Past 3 years audited financial statements (including latest year)
- Our consultant’s proposal and
- Our consultant’s certifications.
Can you help us write the project proposal?
If you already appoint us as your consultant, we will write the project proposal for you.
How long do I have to wait to know the results of my application?
10 days to 1 month.
Can I start on an EDG project whilst applying for EDG?
In general, no. It is best to obtain an official letter of offer from Enterprise Singapore before commencing the project. It means that you should not have already begun on the project before your application has been approved. Neither should you have made payment to service providers or suppliers involved in the project.
Will you help us to do claims?
After you engaged our consultancy services, we will advise you accordingly on how to make a claim.
How can QES help us with EDG?
We will guide you through the entire process step by step.
How many EDG Grants can I apply for?
In theory, there are no restrictions on how many EDG Grants you can apply for. Currently, ESG allows you to apply and work on more than one EDG project at any given time. However, you can only apply for an EDG grant in a specified area once. This means that if you are awarded an EDG grant for Branding and Marketing once, you are no longer eligible for another EDG grant under the same category that is Branding and Marketing. However, you can still apply for EDG grants under other categories.