Organizations ready for their first ISO 9001 certification is always concerned about the cost of certification. it is a good idea to get the cost involved in certification process well advanced. ISO Certification Cost 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 6500. If you choose a higher certification body of course the cost will be higher.
How to Minimize the Cost of ISO Certification?
Before scheduling an ISO Certification audit, make sure you are in full compliance with ISO 9001 Quality system. A thorough internal audit will help you to 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 auditor.
If any major non-conformity found at the time of audit, certification body may suggest a second audit which will lead to additional expenses.
Certification body fees and auditor expenses are major factors affecting the total cost of certification. Getting a quote from different certification bodies will help you to compare the fees and auditor expense.
Generally, ISO 9001 certification is for three years but there will be surveillance audit in every year at the same time. The cost of surveillance audit is always less than the initial audit but you have to confirm it before signing a contract with certification body.