ISO 9001 certification is a highly coveted seal of approval sought by many of your current and potential customers and business partners. For many, it’s among the first things they look for when determining whether to purchase your products or agree to a working relationship.
In this issue, we’ll talk more about ISO 9001 certification, and why going through the process makes good business sense.
What is ISO 9001 certification?
Developed by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 9001 certification essentially tells your customers and business partners (e.g., third party vendors) that you have established a Quality Management System (QMS). This set of policies details the processes and procedures your business is committed to following in order to satisfy expectations of customers and other business stakeholders.
What are the benefits of ISO 9001 certification?
Built upon the plan-do-check-act management method, ISO 9001 certification puts meat to the bone of your commitment to continual improvement. It tells your customers, vendors, stakeholders, etc. that you’re serious about providing a certain standard in doing business.
Because you are continually looking for ways to improve your product and the way you do business, other benefits of ISO 9001 certification include:
- an efficient management process;
- reduction of costs as employees strive for efficiency, causing waste to be eliminated across all levels of production;
- an increased sense of morale among employees; and
- more revenue from a growing customer base.
Is my business too small for ISO 9001 certification?
Its flexibility is among the many advantages of ISO 9001 certification. In fact, practically any business or organization – regardless of size or industry – can utilize ISO 9001 certification.
You will define how the terms “quality” and “meeting customer needs” in terms of setting goals for your own industry. Because of that, you and your management team will be continually improving your processes in order to reach your benchmarks.
What are the steps for ISO 9001 certification?
As we wrote in a previous entry, the first step is to select the right ISO certification provider. Keep in mind that a third party – not the International Organization for Standardization – will be conducting your certification.
There’s plenty of ISO certification providers to choose from, but not all are equal. When making your selection, be sure the provider has experience in your industry; is globally recognized; will provide you with a sample of case results; and is a good fit for your organization.
The pathway for ISO 9001 certification includes:
- a gap analysis;
- the development of a project plan;
- comprehensive training for your employees, including the identification of an internal auditor, who will be responsible for keeping your business on track with expectations;
- documenting your system; and
- performing internal audits.
If you’re ready to distinguish your business from your competitors with ISO certification, get in touch with AEGIS Services.
Here at AEGIS, our core company value is “ISO certification kept simple.” We remove the stress of the certification process and focus helping you through the process.
To get started, simply fill out your information here, so that we can begin the gap analysis based upon existing ISO standards and your business. Keep in mind that the gap analysis is completely free to you. For further information or inquiries please contact AEGIS Services at 974-4414-6865 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.