To work on the UK Road Network your company may be required to comply with one of over 20 National Highway Sector Schemes (NHSS) which are based on ISO 9001.
Our quality consultants can help your organisation achieve NHSS Certification under relevant schemes, opening up opportunities to provide services to Highways England under the Specification for Highways Works (SHW).
Which National Highway Sector Scheme is for me?
A full list of schemes can be found on the NHSS Website, and as you will see, each one is focused on the specific scope of activities being undertaken – and all are linked to the international quality management system standard ISO 9001.
You can apply to one or more schemes depending on the extent of the services you wish to provide.
Sector Scheme Documents (SSDs)
The sector scheme documents (SSDs) are publicly available but require a working knowledge of ISO 9001 to effectively utilise them.
Using a quality consultant from Assent can help you to interpret the requirements and speed up the implementation process.
Do I Need ISO 9001 before NHSS?
It is not mandatory to be certified to ISO 9001 beforehand but as you work with our quality consultants to implement the NHSS requirements, you will be meeting the majority of ISO 9001 in addition.
If you are already certified to ISO 9001, you should be able to add NHSS to the scope of your certification – providing your existing Certification Body is also accredited for NHSS.
NHSS Certification Bodies
There are a selected number of certification bodies accredited by UKAS to operate the NHSS scheme. You can find a list of them on the UKAS website.