On 30 January, version three of the newly titled British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) Colour Quality Management Certification Scheme, which is accredited by UKAS, was launched at the St Bride Foundation in London. The new scheme has been simplified to enable more companies to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in colour management. The launch results from feedback from all interested parties since the first publishing in 2010 of the ISO 12647 Colour Management Certification Scheme.
UKAS presented at the launch event to promote the scheme which enables printers to meet customer requirements more effectively, as well as deliver cost savings for printers through less paper waste, less ink use, and re-working.
The scheme now takes ISO 9001 and adds requirements specific to Pre-Press and printing processes, as well as the colour values and tolerances defined in the ISO 12647 series of standards, or any other accepted standards. As a result, the certified scheme can now be applied to any printing production method and process, including outsourced printing, pre-press and proofing.
BPIF Specialist Services director Chris Selby comments: “The independence of the BPIF scheme and the UKAS accreditation of certification are the key factors in why this scheme is ‘the scheme of choice’ for all serious colour critical organisations. We have put in place a full support package to help organisations manage their colour better from a simple Colour Gap Analysis, which defines the current standing of an organisation with regards to their colour management, through to comprehensive bespoke packages of support designed to enable an organisation to achieve full ISO 12647 certification.”
For more information, please contact Chris Selby at [email protected]