Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. obtained confirmation of the validity of its ISO certificate from the renowned DNV company. It is the only Czech brewery that has been in possession of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificates since 2004. The documents confirmed that the company has successfully introduced a joint system of quality management and environmental protection according to the international ISO standards.
The validity of the certificates was set at three years at the time it was awarded. Once a year, the auditors verify the functioning of the management system. The overall period of validity of the original certificates also expired this year. Plzensky Prazdroj underwent a very strict repeated audit by the renowned DNV company to confirm the validity of the ISO certificate. The audit was performed simultaneously in all the Plzensky Prazdroj Czech breweries (Plzen, Radegast, Velke Popovice).
Jan Hlavacek, the chief brewer of Plzensky Prazdroj, who is responsible in the company, amongst other things, for quality management, is convinced that repeated certification is even stricter and more complicated than the first obtaining of an ISO certificate. “It is explicitly stated on the certificate that failure to meet the certification conditions can lead to its withdrawal. Our company has successfully undergone the regular annual audit and was found satisfactory in the re-certification audit at the beginning of 2007. I am convinced that the strict certification according to ISO can lead to a certain competitive advantage for the company. We can present ourselves to our customers and partners, not only in our top product quality, but also in minimal environmental impact caused during production.”
Jan Hlavacek added that “The very thorough control that the DNV auditors performed in our company in the first quarter of this year demonstrated that we meet the most demanding standards and that we are capable of managing and ensuring quality and protection of the environment at the level of international standards, as responsible manufacturers”.
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- Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. is a pioneer amongst Czech breweries for the highest standards in quality and protection of the environment – represented by a certificate according to the ISO standards. Investments into improving the quality of production and into protecting the environment reach sums of hundreds of millions of crowns annually. The management of Plzensky Prazdroj is convinced that the difficult work in this area will soon successfully bear fruit.