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ISO 9001 is the most sought-after and internationally acclaimed management system standard.
Internally, the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard helps to improve operational and management efficiency and effectiveness.
ISO 9001 is not only a Quality Assurance Standard or a degree of excellence; it is a way to ensure that customer requirements are met with consistency.
Attaining the ISO 9001 certification helps to drive the success of your business by boosting customer satisfaction, marketability, and profit potential.
The certification makes your business more valuable. It lets others know that your organization is committed to continually improving systems to better ensure customer satisfaction. Other organizations are more likely to engage with ISO 9001 certified companies. Moreover, ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Certification demonstrates credibility.
Why Achieve the ISO 9001 Certification for Your Business?
More than 1 million organizations have implemented ISO 9001 in more than 75 countries.
While there were earlier standards for quality management systems, the International Organization for Standardization, or ISO, released its 9001 standard in 1987 for the first time. The standard has been revised several times in 1994, 2000, 2008, and the current version in 2015.
An internationally and diverse selection committee developed the framework of the ISO 9001 Quality Management System Standard to help all types of organizations (including commercial businesses, governments, non-profit organizations, etc.) adopt “good management practices.”
How to Get Started with ISO 9001? Our ISO Certification Consultants Can Help!
Our role is to assist you and lead your business on the path to successful ISO certification. Our qualified ISO 9001 Certification Consultants check your Quality Management System (QMS) and help you to improve it strengthening the weaknesses through ongoing consultation and support.
The standard is designed to be flexible and is hence achievable by any organization regardless of its size, scale, or revenue. Our consultants will help you transition to the most appropriate QMS for your business, saving both time and resources. We minimize the hassles in achieving compliance of your QMS with our services like gap analysis, readiness reviews, and internal audits.
If you are new to ISO 9001, our consulting services can help you through all the stages of preparation. Our specialist consultants can do on-site inspections, risks and opportunity assessments, and employee interviews to get an overall view of your quality management program.
We, at Compliancehelp Consulting LLC offer leading ISO quality consulting services to help you develop a fully compliant QMS. Our services start with premium consultation where we help you to understand the specifications of the ISO 9001 standard, the need for a quality policy and defined objectives, crucial documentation requirements, and the QMS implementation process. Then, we do a gap analysis or pre-assessment of your existing management systems to uncover any shortcomings against ISO 9001 requirements.
Subsequently, we provide you with necessary assistance to amend the shortcomings and implement an improved QMS that is 100% ready for ISO certification.
Our certification services also include certification readiness review. This is especially beneficial for organizations that have already established the ISO 9001 quality management standard and are ready with documentation requirements, but would like final assurance from experts. Our ISO consultants perform a final assessment of their QMS and confirm its compliance and readiness for the certification.
Our ISO certification consultants also assist in conducting thorough internal audits at periodic intervals to ensure that your QMS procedures and its comprehensive documentation are continually ISO compliant. We also provide remote auditing services for organizations that need to get certified quickly.
Our consultation and dedicated support are intended to get your business ISO 9001 certified within the determined time period and in the most cost-effective way. Our ISO consultants strive to make your journey as uncomplicated as possible with a customized approach. We not only help you to achieve the certification painlessly but also make sure that your business derives maximum benefits from it.
By attaining the ISO 9001 certification, your business may see the following potential benefits:
Higher customer satisfaction: You are able to offer products or deliver services that satisfy the expectations of customers and persuade them to come back for repeat purchases.
Reduction in operational costs: An ISO 9001 QMS drives continuous improvement in your organizational processes resulting in cost savings.
Better stakeholder relationships: The ISO certification proves the credibility of your business which improves the perception of stakeholders and can strengthen your relationship with them.
Enhanced risk management: A compliant QMS helps improve the traceability of processes, services, or products which helps in identifying risks and rectifying them early.
Ability to win contracts: The certification is a crucial procurement specification and can open a gateway of opportunities for your business to win tender contracts.
Assurance of legal compliance: It assures that your organization understands other statutory or regulatory obligations, be it regional or national, and meets them.
Lowest cost – We deliver a lean, custom fit ISO compliant management system, saving significantly on the often overlooked, but usually most expensive part of ISO compliance- the implementation stage.
Speed – Everybody knows how lengthy an ISO certification process is! It is difficult to be motivated and focused if certification takes too long. Don’t worry! We can help you gain certification within 90 days, or often in less time than that!
Resources to obtain and maintain certification – ISO compliance does not need to cost a lot to maintain! We minimize the need for internal resources with a lean and compliant ISO quality consulting approach.
Ongoing support – Compliancehelp Consulting LLC can help you manage ongoing compliance on your own, or you can team up with us. Our personalized ISO certification services include monitoring and internal audits as well. Our experts can monitor your Quality Management System to ensure consistency, improvement, and compliance. We can also help in making it compliant with future updates to the ISO standard a cinch.
Looking to implement the ISO 9001 Quality Management System? Do not know how to start? Speak to our expert ISO consultants!
To find more about ISO 9001, check out our section of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
ISO 9001 is the world’s best-known and most implemented standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS). It gives organizations of all types, sizes, and scales a set of principles to follow to produce and deliver quality-assured services/products. The principles of the standard are intended to help organizations implement a QMS framework that continuously ensures delivery of super-quality products or services that satisfy customer needs. Organizations achieving the certification therefore verify that they meet those principles and can deliver high-quality output consistently.
This ISO standard for a QMS also outlines necessary practices, procedures, and infrastructure that help businesses to improve their overall operational efficiency, client service, and employee performance over time.
Despite being a core management standard, ISO 9001 does not mandate specifics for how businesses should manage their operations for quality output. Instead, it provides them with a feasible and flexible framework for a management system that they can establish to improve the quality of their output.
ISO 9001 stands for a robust framework for quality management. The standard sets out the requirements to build a QMS framework that helps organizations to meet the needs of both customers and other interested trade parties. At the heart of ISO 9001 is a well-defined quality policy, principles, and practices which together help the business to achieve its objectives, customer loyalty, and market goals.
Being a standard for quality management, the practices and principles apply to all processes from start to finish in the business. The processes include designing or conceptualizing, development, production, validation, packaging, distribution, installation, servicing, and other activities related to the creation of products/services.
To get the ISO certification, an organization needs to successfully implement the QMS or transition its existing system to an ISO 9001 QMS. Following that, they need to pass the two phases of the Certification Audit. The audit has to be conducted by an accredited certification body (i.e., a third-party body). In the audit process, you need to prove that your implemented QMS has been effective, operative for minimum of three months, and meets ISO 9001 requirements. They auditors also check whether your QMS has been continually improved through internal audits and periodic management reviews.
Most organizations lack technically skilled quality managers or expertise to implement the QMS adhering to the principles provided by the ISO standard. It is here the role of ISO 9001 certification consultants comes forth! They can guide you through the methodical approach to implement the QMS and ensure that you meet all requirements of the standard. They also can assist you in writing the QMS documentation, which helps to make employees aware of the planned procedures of quality control.
To achieve the certification, a business first must have a robust QMS or implement one if it does not. If there is no definite QMS present in their organization, they must have a methodical approach to implement it. The implementation of the QMS is based on 8 key principles:
International experts explain that adhering to these principles in the QMS is necessary for driving operational excellence.
Obtaining the certification is not obligatory for any business. However, achieving it helps you to focus on improving your customer experiences. The ISO 9001 quality management standard empowers your business with a robust approach to meet customer needs, improve operational efficiency, and boost sales. When properly implemented, the ISO certified QMS transforms your business making it more customer-centric. It eventually can boost your profitability and sustainability.
The implementation of a standardized QMS that maintains documentation gives much clarity to employees regarding the focus on customer satisfaction. It encourages them to perform better while working on the internal processes as well as delivering the customer service.
The cost of getting ISO 9001 certified depends on several factors such as the complexity of your business processes, size of organization, risks evaluated, time needed for auditing, and what the gaps against the standard exist before implementing the QMS. Apart from the primary costs, there are some external expenses which include the fees of the ISO 9001 certification consultants.
The benefits of getting your business ISO 9001 certified are numerous. It primarily helps you to produce high-quality and reliable products/services. However, there are several other benefits that gradually your business can realize over time such as operational efficiency, reduction of risks, higher customer loyalty, increased profitability, and greater competitive advantage.
After achieving the ISO certification, you are also required to maintain it for your organization since the validity of the certification is three years. You need to conduct surveillance audits yearly (or after six months if required) throughout the three-year period. The audits can be performed by appointing expert ISO auditors from a third-party certification agency or consultancy. They will thoroughly check and assess your QMS to make sure it is has been made better with time to meet the evolving quality expectations of customers.
When the certification completes three years, you need to undergo a re-certification audit by any accredited body to ensure that your QMS still complies with requirements of ISO 9001. Many times, the standard goes through updates and changes. Through the recertification audit, the auditors check whether your QMS has incorporated the changes of the latest versions appropriately and has also documented them.
The time required by an organization to get certified will vary. It depends on several factors such as the size of organization, number of processes, complexities of processes, size of workforce, and so on. It also depends on the preparedness of the organization regarding the QMS, i.e., whether they have an existing QMS (which is not ISO compliant and hence needs to improve), or needs to freshly implement a robust QMS. The time required also depends on the resources available and participation level of the employees in the organization.
Depending on these factors, it can take 30 to 90 days! Even if you complete the implementation of QMS quickly with unwavering guidance and support from the ISO consultants, some more time is required to let the QMS mature and produce relevant records of quality success, proving that it is working effectively. Therefore, on an average, it may take 2-3 months.
Your organization can apply for the certification by following the simple steps which include: