Overview of ISO Certification
ISO certificate is a certification that provides standards to the organizations and thus shows the way to innovation and development of trade. ISO Certification is mandatory to form certain standards that ensure products and services' quality, safety, and efficiency. It also ensures that the products and services of the company meet the customer and regulatory requirements. It certifies that the company's management system complies with an ISO standard beneficial to the business, clients, and employees/team.
Additionally, ISO Certification helps in demonstrating continuous improvement. It also certifies that the following process has fulfilled all the standardization and quality check criteria. The certification is issued in various fields, and every ISO certification has a different set of criteria, such as:
Essential Prerequisites for ISO Registration
Common Categories of ISO Certification
The categories of ISO Certification are given below:
Primary Elements of ISO 9001:2015
The primary elements of ISO 9001:2015 are-
Benefits of ISO Registration
The followings are the benefits of ISO Registration:
The explanation of all the benefits mentioned above is:
- Enhances Business Efficiency
ISO registration plays an essential role in building credibility in overseas business and enhancing business efficiency.
- Improves Marketability
ISO Certification widens the market potential of the company.
- Better Customer Services
ISO helps to improve customer services and satisfaction to encourage the organization/company to deliver the best quality services.
- Global Credibility
If the organization/company wants to expand the business globally, ISO Certification plays an essential role to build credibility.
- Improves Product Quality
ISO Certification improves the product quality, i.e., it should match the quality of international standards. If the standard does not match the product, it will face non-acceptance on the grounds of quality issues.
- Helpful In Government Tenders
ISO helps the in-government tenders and would give the businesses an advantage over other competitors.
Documents Required for ISO Certification
For documentation, the first step is choosing the type of ISO Certification required for the business. The essential documents required for ISO Registration/Certification are:
Procedure for ISO Registration
The following are the steps to be followed for obtaining the ISO Certificate or for ISO Registration:
The broad discussion of each step is as follows:
- Step-1-Choosing the Kind of Certification
The very first step is to choose the kind of certification that the Company/organization requires.
- Step-2-File an application
Once the ISO standard is selected, the applicant shall apply a respective form. The application shall include the power and responsibilities of the applicant and the certification body.
- Step-3-Submission of Documents
The application shall be filed with the requisite documents, and the ISO certification body shall review the same. ISO Certification body will review all the quality manuals and documents related to various policies being followed in the company/organization.
- Step-4-Initial Review of The Quality Management System
To identify any significant weakness in the Company/Organization, the Pre-assessment, i.e., the initial review of the Quality Management System in a company/organization, is reviewed by the Registrar and will also provide an opportunity to correct the deficiencies before the regular registration assessment is conducted.
- Step-5-Preparing an Action Plan
Once the initial review of the Quality management system is reviewed, the ISO registrar notifies the existing gaps in the organization. To eliminate such gaps, the applicant has to prepare an action plan. The action plan should contain a list of the requisite action to be taken to meet the Quality Management System.
- Step -6-On-Premises Audit by The Registrar
The Registrar will conduct an on-premises inspection to audit the changes made in the company/organization. However, if the Registrar finds that the requisite changes do not meet the requirements of the ISO standards, the Registrar will categorize the organization into two categories depending on severity. The categories are:
- Minor Non-compliances
- Major Non-compliances
Note: The ISO registration cannot proceed until all significant non-compliances are closed by the Registrar while doing a re-audit.
- Step-7-Obtaining ISO Certificate
The Registrar will issue the ISO certification when all the non-compliances are resolved and are updated in the ISO audit report.
Types of Audits conducted under ISO Registration
Under ISO Registration, an ISO audit is conducted to check the authenticity of the business plan and records of the company/organization.
The followings are types of audits conducted under ISO Registration:
- Internal Audit
Internal Audit is conducted by trained staff. However, it can also be done by an external organization.
- Supplier Audit
Lead auditors do supplier audits in the organization. It is conducted to ensure that the suppliers are functioning correctly and the organization is getting the perfect supply of products/services.
- Certification Audit
The auditors of Certification Bodies must carry out certification audits.
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Frequently Asked Questions
ISO Certification costs vary based on the size of an organization and the level to which the company is operating concerning the procedures.
No, a person cannot choose any ISO accreditation as all ISO accreditations are genuine, specific and valid. Before choosing, it is essential to pick the right ones.
Yes, one can get ISO certification for a start-up business. However, it depends on the business strategies to take up the certificate.
The ISO certificate is valid for 3 years. The re-approval or recertification can be applied before the expiry of the certificate that is before the 3rd year gets over.
ISO 9001 is described as an international standard that specifies the requirement for the quality management system (QMS). Obtaining ISO 9001 means that the organization is reflecting the following things-
- The company fulfills its requirement
- Meeting customer’s requirements
- Maintaining the proper records of documentation
ISO certification is a declaration to all the stakeholders, Shareholder of the company, Employees of the company those are working upon the prescribed rules to achieve the organization’s objectives. By obtaining the ISO certification company achieves an enhancement in credibility and customer confidence.
Yes, a person can transfer ISO certification, but for the same, the current certificate has to be accredited by an IAF or a registrar.
ISO accreditation signifies an independent 3rdparty endorsement of the certification in which the ISO certification acts as a third-party endorsement of the products/services representing the organization.
In general no, but auditors conduct surprise visits often to check if the business standards and procedures meet the required ISO mark.
ISO 27001 defines a best practice of an organization that is involved in the information security management system.