How to Get ISO 9001 Certification?
The ISO 9001 Quality system standard is developed to fit all types of organizations, small or large, and for any kind of industry, manufacturing, or service. The first step of ISO 9001 certification is to develop a quality manual, quality system procedure, and SOP’s. Then you have to make sure you implemented it correctly; through an internal audit, you can verify the strengths and weaknesses of your quality system. For any significant non-conformities found in the internal audit, raise a CAPA and fix the non-conformities. If you are confident with your quality system implementation, you can contact a reputed certification body for an audit and certification.
ISO 9001 Certification Body Selection
After implementing the quality system, you can find many certification bodies, also known as registrars, (IAF accredited and non-IAF accredited) when searching for a certification body. ISO does not recommend any certification body, so you can choose any certification body that fits your budget. The reputation of the ISO certificate depends on the reputation of the certification body. Certification body expenses are one of the major factors in the total cost of ISO certification; this is a recurring expense, so you need to consider different options before selecting the certification body.
ISO 9001 Surveillance Audit
ISO Certificates are issued for three years. However, there is a surveillance audit every year at the same time. The surveillance audits help to reconfirm that the quality system is operating functionally and to fine-tune it. The ISO 9001 standard is developed with the principle of continual improvement, so these audits help to improve the quality system regularly.
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