ISO 9001 certification is one of the most widely recognized quality management system standards in the world. The standard is used by organizations in a wide range of industries, and achieving ISO certification 9001 can help businesses improve their operations, expand their customer base, and grow more profitably.
ISO 9001 – What is it?
The ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) standard is one of the most popular ISO standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 9001 provides requirements for organizations to meet customer expectations as well as to satisfy applicable legal requirements. This international standard certainly helps organizations to establish, monitor, maintain, implement, and continually improve their quality management system performance. Also, adopting ISO 9001 standards ensures that organizations can provide quality products and services to their customers and clients.
ISO 9001:2015 Version
This is the current version of the ISO 9001 standard, developed with a process approach to reduce the operational errors and risks in the management system. As ISO 9001:2015 is proposed with a high-level structure and PDCA cycle, it is compatible to be integrated with other ISO management system standards. Also, its risk-based thinking approach helps organizations provide quality products and services to their customers consistently.
Who can Apply for ISO 9001 Certification?
Any organization, from a small to a large company, regardless of size, type, or field of activity can apply for ISO 9001 certification. Organizations that seek to enhance their quality management system performance systematically can implement the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard. The following are some of the industry sectors that can benefit from ISO 9001 certification:
- Corporate companies
- Construction companies
- Manufacturing industries
- Educational institutions
- Government organizations, etc.
What are the Prerequisites for ISO 9001 Certification?
An organization must have a QMS in place before it can apply for ISO 9001 certification. Organizations are recommended to develop, maintain and organize their business processes, product/service delivery, management system, and team members’ training records before applying for ISO certification 9001.
ISO 9001 Certification Requirements
An ISO 9001 quality management system with specified quality policies, procedures, responsibility assignments, roles, and duties are expected of a firm that obtains ISO 9001 certification. The bulk of a company’s quality management system procedures are covered by ISO 9001 certification. Certification bodies also conduct ISO audits to guarantee that firms follow ISO rules.
Creating and implementing a quality management system that corresponds to the ISO’s best practices for a quality management system, putting it in place, and having an ISO 9001 registrar perform a full audit of the system are all part of the ISO 9001 certification procedure. This audit may entail a significant amount of documentation, and the auditor may make recommendations that must be followed in order to obtain ISO 9001 certification.
ISO 9001 Certification Process
For a company to achieve ISO certification 9001, it must pass an external audit to make sure the ISO 9001 requirements are met. The four milestones of the ISO 9001 audit process are given below:
- Pre-assessment meeting & audit preparation
- ISO 9001 Certification audit execution
- Post-assessment meeting
- Preparation for re-certification process
ISO 9001 Certification Audit Procedure
The ISO 9001 registrar will conduct a series of audits to make sure your organization is in compliance with ISO 9001 requirements. The ISO 9001 audit procedure will take place in two phases:
Stage 1 :Preliminary Audit:
The purpose of the Stage 1 audit is to make sure your organization is ready for the final certification audit. The auditor will conduct employee interviews, evaluate your sites, and identify any non-conformities that must be resolved before the stage 2 audit.
Stage 2 :Implementation Audit:
The final audit must be completed before your organization receives ISO certification 9001. The auditor will evaluate your system documentation and make sure the system processes adhere to ISO 9001 requirements.
Once your organization passes both audit stages, the ISO 9001 registrar will issue ISO certification 9001 for a typical validity period of 3 years.
Online Audits for ISO 9001 Certification Provided by IAS
IAS currently uses an online web testing platform to conduct ISO 9001 certification audits. After the remote audit is completed successfully, IAS issues a certificate confirming that your company has obtained ISO 9001 certification, based on the online test scenarios for your system documentation, policy testing, and other related ISO 9001 certification procedures. Our qualified ISO 9001 registrar will help you achieve ISO 9001 certification in a timely manner.
Benefits of ISO 9001 Certification
- ISO 9001 Certification enhances the organization’s competency
- Promotes the quality of products and services
- Satisfies customers’ requirements
- Develops the internal process and QMS performance
- Reduces customer compliance
- Improves relationship with stakeholders
Why Choose IAS for ISO 9001 Certification?
IAS is the most trusted ISO 9001 registrar in the United States of America. We offer ISO 9001 certification services effectively for more than 13 years to all organizations, regardless of size, type, location, or industry sector. We make our clients happy and satisfied by providing proper guidance in the implementation of the required ISO 9001 criteria and the achievement of ISO 9001 certification.
How to Contact Us?
There are plenty of ways to reach us.
- Visit our website – ias-certification.com
- Send us your inquiry through our website
- Drop a mail to email@example.com
- You can also fill out our ISO 9001 Certification application form and send it to us
- Or contact us directly to have a free discussion about the auditing process specific to your organization