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ISO certification, Type, Process and Benefits with CA Nakul Arora

Published on 04 May 2020 / In Company law

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

 Cost Concerns
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.

 Time Involved
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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