ISO 9001:2015 Certification – A 7 Step Process to Achieve Quality Excellence

ISO Certifications are always in demand due to its relevance in the competitive business world. The ISO Standards gets their periodic revisions once in every 5 years.

The revisions enable ISO Standards to stay relevant in the latest market scenario and fast evolving business world.

The ISO Certification journey follows 6 basic steps that are:

  1. Choosing the Right Standard

The ISO 9001 Quality Management System is the most popular one to start with. It helps in building a consistent level of quality and customer satisfaction.

Once the company is following ISO 9001 best practices, they can explore into a wide range of specific ISO certifications for the IT systems, Environmental Protection, Facility Management, Employee Safety, etc.

  1. Choose the Right ISO Consultant for your Business

Ensure the Consultant works in alignment with your organizational goals. The success of the ISO Certification depends on your Consultant.

Ensure the ISO Consultants are knowledgeable about the recent revisions of ISO Standards, policies & compliance requirements, documentation support, etc. Also, building a good rapport with the consultant from the beginning is essential.

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  1. Onboarding and Conduct Gap Analysis

Once you finalize a Consultant, the next step is on boarding the Consultant to your team. Fix up a meeting to discuss the Certification journey. The Consultant will conduct a Gap Analysis to identify the current business operations, processes followed and suggest process improvements.

  1. Document Preparation

The new ISO 9001 Standard is focused on process optimization and less on documentation. Still, the documentation of the process improvements and related policies must be maintained for streamlined implementation of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard.

  1. Developing the Quality Management System

Develop a Quality Management System based on the recommendations from the Gap analysis. A Management System is a set of documents that outlines your business processes. The Quality Management System Implementation is a vital step in the ISO Certification process.

  1. Conduct the ISO Certification Audit

Along with your ISO consultants, select the certification body for the external certification and submit your Quality Management System documentation for review to the external body.

The external audit will be conducted by the accredited certification body on your premises by reviewing the business operations.

  1. Certification

Once all the requirements are in place; the certification will be issued by the certification body. The ISO Certifications are valid for 3 years. Re-audit will be conducted for the new certificate issuance to ensure that the policies are in place and the business processes are ISO compliant.

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