ISO certification cost is the primary concern for organizations ready for their first ISO certification. Getting the cost involved in the certification process well advanced is good. ISO Certification Costs vary with different factors like:
- Scope of ISO Certification
- Organization size
- Type of process
- Type of products/services
- Certification body selected
If you are a small organization with less than 15 employees and go with a medium-size certification body, the cost of ISO 9001 certification, including consultancy and certification, will be around USD 8500. If you choose a higher certification body, the price will be higher.
How to Minimize ISO Certification Cost?
Before scheduling an ISO Certification audit, ensure you fully comply with the ISO Standard. A thorough internal audit will help you identify the non-conformities or deficiencies in the quality system. If you don’t have personnel with expertise in internal audit for the first time, you can hire third-party consultants as internal auditors.
Non-conformities in Internal Audit
Suppose any major non-conformity is found at the time of the audit. In that case, the certification body may suggest a second audit, leading to additional expenses. Hence, before scheduling the certification body audit, take corrective and preventive actions for the non-conformities observed in the internal audit.
Certification Body / Registrar Fees
Certification body fees and auditor expenses significantly affect the total certification cost. A quote from certification bodies will help you compare the prices and auditor expenses.
ISO Surveillance Audit Cost
Generally, ISO certification is for three years, but there will be surveillance audits every year at the same time. The cost of a surveillance audit is always less than the initial audit, but you must confirm it before signing a contract with the certification body.