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.
Certification to ISO 9001 can provide a wide range of benefits to your business. Gaining accredited certification will improve management systems and working practices throughout the organisation. To find out more about how ISO 9001 can help your organisation, go to "get a quote".
The latest revision of the ISO 9001 standard was released in September 2015.