BS EN ISO 9001
Quality Management Systems
Compelling benefits for a company acquiring ISO 9001
Win more bids and tenders. Worldwide recognition of your certification
Improved consistency of your products and services. Build a respected brand name.
Establish your position as a market leader.
Would you like to know more?Find out what ISO can mean for your business and discover the 3 pathways that are available to get your company ready for an audit.
ISO 9001 – What’s It All About?
However, several revisions later, ISO 9001 is no longer just about compliance, and may actually becoming the improvement focussed Business Standard originally envisaged.
The new 2015 version of ISO 9001 was released in September 2015 (read more here and here!). We are now actively helping clients migrate to the new standard. Contact us for more details, including estimates of work required to make the transition.
ISO 9001 now has even less dependence on documented processes, the emphasis is now resting on assessment of the risks and dangers to the business due to poorly managed or inconsistent processes.
ISO Consultant Colin says…
Why would my business want approval against the ISO 9001 standard?
Most procurement organisations have performance and quality monitors and/or targets in place which include the performance of suppliers and sub-contractors. So, formal objectives and targets can help here, because your customer may be dependent on your specific performance to meet their overall targets,
Quality has few (if any) legislative requirements, unlike Environmental or Health and Safety Management. However, poor or inconsistent quality of services/products can cause your customers to choose your competitors as suppliers. Despite use of customer satisfaction surveys etc. it will be very difficult to find out precisely why they are no longer your customers. A Quality Management System, based on ISO 9001, should ensure that you know the condition and suitability of the services/goods being delivered.
How long would it take to become approved ?
What must I need to do?
A manual is created, which explains how the system should be produced, outlining its composition and relationship to supporting documents. Six procedures then need to be written and implemented (these are mandatory requirements of ISO 9001). Other working practices may also require documentation if control of them is essential for the production of consistent products or services.
These mandatory documented procedures are: Document & Data Control, Record Control, Control of Non-Compliance, Corrective Action, Preventive Action, and Internal Audit. What specifically needs to go into each of these procedures is provided in the standard itself.
What is this likely to cost?
Fees are based on a daily rate, and each business is different!. The days required are typically 5-6 days for a small business. Final certification by a UKAS approved body is likely to cost £ 4-5000 , a certificate being valid for three years.
For more details and guidance in gaining the necessary certifications, please contact ISO Consultants.
A Handy Guide to ISO 9001,2015
We’ve put together a free ISO 9001, 2015 guide for visitors of the site to download and read. The guide contains insightful information for persons looking to become aquainted with the standard of Quality Management Systems.
We currently offer the following routes in pursuing this set of ISO Standards
There are three options available to pursue readiness for inspection auditing, for business owners with a hands on approach and willingness to implement controls under their own steam we have the DIY ISO option. The other two choices are consultancy based with face to face or remote respectively.