ISO Certification & Registration
The ISO 9001 Certification is an International Quality Standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a worldwide federation of national standards bodies representing over 120 countries. ISO registration is simple and helpful to many organizations. ISO 9001 certification through an accredited ISO 9001 registrar instills customer confidence. ISO 9001 registration also verifies that the organization which met ISO 9001 Certification requirements has an effective management system that meets internationally recognized Quality Management System (QMS) standards.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the new edition of ISO 9001 in December 2000, which replaced the 1994 edition of the 9001 ISO standards as well as ISO 9002 and ISO 9003.
The new Standard takes a more generic approach towards all industry sectors rather than manufacturing based focus of the previous editions. The structure of the new ISO 9001:2000 Standard takes on the model of Plan, Do, Check, Act based on the 8 Quality Management System (QMS) Principles.
ISO 9001 can be applied at any type and size of organization, from small family-run businesses to large corporate and government institutions. When implemented effectively, the 9001 ISO standard provides a flexible framework for a customer focused business management system to continuously improve business performance and growth.
The 8 Quality Management Principles are:
- Customer focus
- Involvement of people
- Process approach
- System approach to management
- Continual improvement
- Factual approach to decision making
- Mutually beneficial supplier relationships
The standard covers all aspects of an organization’s activities, including; identifying its key processes, defining roles and responsibilities, policies and objectives, documentation requirements, the importance of understanding and meeting customer requirements, communication, resource requirements, training, product and process planning, design processes, purchasing, production and service, monitoring and measurement of products and processes, customer satisfaction, internal audit, management review, and improvement processes.