ISO 9001 Quality Management System
Most of the international standards begin with the letters "ISO", the acronym for the "International Organisation for Standardisation." This worldwide federation of 110 national standards bodies works to promote the growth of manufacturing, trade and communication among business operations worldwide, through the development of generic quality standards.
What is ISO 9001?
The most widely recognised standard is ISO 9001, a basic quality management system that can be used in industries of any size, anywhere in the world.
Registration to ISO 9001 (or other quality/management standards) provides objective proof that a business has implemented an effective quality management system, and that it satisfies all of the requirements of the applicable standard. An external, impartial expert called a registrar or CB (Certification Body) conducts an on-site audit to determine whether or not a company is in conformance to the standard.
If they are found to be in conformance, they will be issued with an ISO 9001 certificate showing their address, scope of operations and the seals of the accreditation bodies that give the registrar its legitimacy.
What can certification do for your organisation?
Gaining ISO 9001 certification can open the door to new markets. As a recognised international standard, your customers at home and abroad will recognise the advantages of working with a company that has been audited to ISO 9001. They will be confident that you have processes in place to help continuously improve your management systems.
Some of your clients may even insist that you achieve the standard to do business with them, particularly if they are multi-national organisations or in the public sector.
The benefits to your organisation include cost savings due to reduced waste and efficient management, improved staff morale and better customer retention leading to an increase in revenue.
Therefore, implementing the ISO 9001 framework into your organisation, whether you are a small business or a PLC, will ensure you are continually improving your processes and keeping up with best practice.
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The latest revision of the ISO 9001 standard was released in September 2015.