ISO certification, Type, Process and Benefits with CA Nakul Arora
ISO Certification: Types, Process and its Benefits
What is ISO
ISO is formally known as International Organization for Standardization. ISO doesn’t provide certification or conformity assessment. You’ll need to contact an external certification body for that.
What is a Standard?
It could be about making a product, managing a process, delivering a service or supplying materials – standards cover a huge range of activities.
Standards are the distilled wisdom of people with expertise in their subject matter and who know the needs of the organizations they represent – people such as manufacturers, sellers, buyers, customers, trade associations, users or regulators.
Parts of Standards
• Quality management standards
• Environmental management standards
• Health and safety standards
• Energy management standards
• Food safety standards
• IT security standards
Benefits of ISO Certification?
• Suitable for both small and large organisations
• Better internal management
• Less wastage
• Increase in efficiency, productivity and profit
• Improved customer retention and acquisition
• Consistent outcomes, measured and monitored
• Globally recognized standard
• Compatible with other ISO standards
• Accreditation by UKAS
Customers, will know from experience that working with ISO 9001:2008/ISO 9001:2015 certified companies provides many advantages:
• Minimizes mistakes
• Improves reporting and communications
• Better quality products and service
• More reliable production scheduling and delivery
• Standards maintained by annual assessments
Types of ISO Certification.
. There are various types of ISO certification are available such as listed below:
• ISO 9001:2008- Quality Management System
• OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health & Safety Management System
• ISO 37001 – Anti-bribery management systems
• ISO 31000 – Risk Management
• ISO 27001 – Information Security Management System
• ISO 10002 – Compliant Management System
• ISO 14001:2015 – Environment Management System
Process to Obtain an ISO Certification.
a. Choosing an ISO Certification Body.
b. Create an application /contract
c. Quality Documents Review
d. Make an Action Plan
e. Initial Certification Audit
f. Completing the ISO Certification
g. Surveillance Audits
The ISO certification agency calculates the cost of ISO certification separately for each organization after considering them on different parameters such as :
• Number of employees
• Number of Processes
• Level of risk associated with the scope of services of the organization
• Complexity of the management system
• The number of working shifts etc.
Generally, the time required to complete the process of ISO certification is approximate:
• Small organizations: 6-8 months.
• Medium organizations: 8-12 months.
• Large organization: 12-15 months.
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