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ISO 9001 Accreditation
ISO, the International Organization for Standardization are responsible for the ISO 9001, ISO 14000, ISO 27000, ISO 22000 and other international management standards. Since 1987 when the ISO first published its ISO 9000 quality management standards, over one million organisations across the globe have achieved ISO 9001 accreditation.
What Is ISO 9001?
ISO 9001 is the international quality management system standard for a quality management system, the latest version of it being ISO 9001:2015. It is overseen by the International Organization for Standardization. ISO 9001:2015 can be used by any organisation from small to large and regardless of what field of activity they operate in and ensures that their customers get services and products that are of a good quality and consistent as well as ensuring that the organisation meets its regulatory requirements too.
To put it simply, organisations are keen to become ISO 9001 accredited because it is a mark of credibility, authority and can help drive any organisation onwards and upwards. Any company can claim to have brilliant products or services but without certified proof, these claims can be questioned. However, being accredited to ISO 9001 standards gives an organisation a stamp of approval as an organisation that is well run, consistent and reliable with good standards of customer service.
ISO 9001 is applicable to all organisations but there are a range of standards for quality management systems that are designed for specific industries and sectors including:
ISO 18091 – Local government
ISO 13485 – Medical devices
ISO/IEC 90003 – Software engineering
ISO 17582 – Electoral organizations at all levels of government
ISO/TS 29001 – Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries
The ISO 9001 Accreditation Process
For your organisation to become ISO 9001 accredited, it needs to follow a simple process that is flexible to fit all forms and types of organisation.
Step One: Planning
The first step of accreditation is to plan and prepare the required processes and documentation that is required to meet the ISO 9001 standard. You will find that the ISO standard is very flexible and suits all types of organisations in all types of sector.
Step Two: Implementation
Next it is important to identify your key business process and define them. For each of these processes, measurable performance objectives and measures should be set which should be used as the basis for continual improvement.
Also, there are several key documents that must be developed and implemented
Control of Documents Procedure
Control of Records Procedure
Control of Nonconformances Procedure
Internal Audit Procedure
Corrective Action Procedure
Preventive Action Procedure
There may be more procedures or documents that you may see fit to effectively implement your quality management system. Once the quality management system is implemented, it must be maintained for a minimum of 60-90 days before certification and accreditation and ensures that you have
Review And Accreditation
An internal audit and management review should then be carried out on your quality management system. Once these have been completed, your organisation is said to be ISO compliant although not yet ISO accredited.
Accreditation and Certification
Your ISO 9001 accreditation is achieved when your ISO certification is accredited by a Registrar, which is a third party auditing firm that specialises in quality system management auditing.
If your organisation is looking to achieve ISO 9001:2015 accreditation then get in touch today to speak to one of our advisors who can answer all of your queries and explain how we can help you. Call us on 0800 511 8230 or complete the contact form.
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