ISO refers to the International Organization for Standardization. It is a self-governing association that implements standards in terms of excellence, security, and effectiveness of goods and services produced by businesses or companies. With the growing competition between the businesses, it is necessary to produce high-quality goods and services to support the market. ISO certification supports to increase your business reliability as well as the overall performance of the company.
Initially, you need to determine the type of ISO certification needed for your company.
There are several types of ISO certification possible such as :
- ISO 14001 – Environmental Management
- ISO 9001 2008 – Quality Management
- ISO 27001 – Information security Management
- ISO 22008 – Food Safety Management and so on.
It must be recorded that ISO itself does not grant certification to the organisations or companies. Certification is made by the external parties. You must choose a verified and reliable certification body.
While accepting the ISO registrar, you should have the following in mind:
- Decide several ISO Certification service providers.
- Verify if they are attending the CASCO standards. CASCO is the ISO organisation that acts on issues linking to conformity evaluation.
- Indicate whether it is authorised or not. Accreditation is not mandatory but they must satisfy the conditions of ISO Accreditation bodies.
Major Steps For ISO Certification
The candidate and the registrar should match on a contract. This agreement normally determines the benefits and responsibilities of both parties and covers liability concerns, confidentiality, and access rights.
The ISO examiner or auditor will inspect all your quality manuals and reports related to several policies and methods being developed in the organization. Analysis of existing work will support the ISO auditor to recognise the feasible gaps against the conditions specified in the ISO standards.
After the ISO auditor describes the current gaps in your company, you should make an action plan to reduce these gaps. Provide the list of the needed tasks to be completed to bring the desired settings in your system. You may be expected to instruct your employees to work efficiently while adjusting to new ideas. Make all the workers or employees conscious of the ISO standards in terms of work performance and quality standards.
The first certification audit is classified into two divisions Stage 1 and Stage 2.
The ISO auditor will review the modifications performed by you in the organization. They will then work to recognise the possible non-conformities in your policies and methods to the desired quality management method. They will arrange these non-conformities into minor and important non-conformities. The candidate must thoroughly evaluate all those non-conformities and make it adjusted as per the aspired quality standards through alteration in the systems and methods used by the organisation.
After all the expected modifications are prepared in the organisation, the ISO auditor makes the final auditing. The auditor will review whether all the non-conformities have been rejected or not as per ISO quality standards. If the ISO examiner is completed, they will provide the final ISO audit statement and deliver it to the registrar.
After all, non-conformities are written and all the decisions are put in the ISO audit statement, the registrar will give you the ISO certification.
Surveillance audit is managed to assure that ISO quality standards are being supported by the organization. It is managed from time to time.