LRQA ISO Standards Update: Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group become one of first to achieve ISO 9001:2015

Originally certified by LRQA in November 1998, Van Leeuwen has become one of the first organisations to be certified against the recently revised International Quality Management System (QMS) standard, ISO 9001:2015, by LRQA in the Netherlands. This significant achievement was a double celebration for the group who also became one of the first organisations in continental Europe to be awarded a certificate against the standard.

Eric Veraart, Manager of Corporate Supply Chain & QA at Van Leeuwen, spoke of their achievement; "As a leading distributor and specialist in steel pipes and pipe applications, complying with market relevant standards is a priority for us as a business. We continually strive to improve our product offerings and our services to better meet the changing needs of our clients. The effort we have made to meet the new requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and obtain certification, underlines the importance that we attach to this.”

Van Leeuwen began working to incorporate the new and revised areas of ISO 9001:2015 within their QMS at an early stage which allowed the group to undertake their transitional assessment during October 2015.  Speaking of the award to Van Leeuwen, Paul Bokdam, Sales Director for Central Europe said, “Van Leeuwen went to work with this new standard at a very early stage. Their success shows that the new and revised sections of the standard can be integrated into an existing QMS quickly.”

Transition to ISO 9001:2015

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have specified a transitional period of three years, ending in September 2018. After September 2018 certificates based on ISO 9001:2008 are no longer valid.

Through our extensive range of training and assessment services, LRQA is helping organisations worldwide transition to the new and revised ISO standards. For more information about our range of ISO 9001:2015 assessment and training services, email or visit

About the Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group

Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group is a global specialist in steel pipes and pipe and tube applications. Offering a broad range of pipe and tube products across a network of 50 branches in 23 countries, Van Leeuwen provides a specialist service to clients in the Industry and Energy Sectors.