ISO, short for International Organisation for Standardisation, develops standards to promote global trade and provides a common ground to compare products or services from different countries. ISO 9000 is one of the most popular family of standards introduced by ISO. It is an internationally-recognised Quality Management System and focuses on helping organisations deliver products and services that meet customer expectations.
FAQ #1: What is ISO 9001 Certification?
A. ISO 9001 is a part of the ISO 9000 family of standards and maps out the requirements that organisations need to meet in order to be compliant with the standard. Third-party certifying bodies such as Globus Certifications audit the organisation and provide the confirmation that it meets the requirements of the standard and issues a compliance certificate. This is referred to as ISO 9001 certification and the organisation becomes “ISO 9001 certified”. ISO 9001 is the only standard in the ISO 9000 family for which organisations can get certified for compliance.
FAQ #2: How Long Does it Take to Get ISO 9001 Certification?
A. Each organisation has its own needs when it comes to a Quality Management System. Therefore, it may take longer for some organisations to get the ISO 9001 certification as compared to others. Here are the factors that may impact how long it will take for an organisation to get ISO 9001 certification:
- Size of the organisation
- Certifying agency
- ISO 9001 certification stage of the organisation
If an organisation prepares well and understands the requirements for the ISO 9001 certification with the help of an accredited certifying body, it can expect to achieve the ISO 9001 certified status within 3 to 6 months.
FAQ #3: Is ISO 9001 Certification a One-time Thing?
A. No. Usually, ISO 9001 certification is issued for a period of 3 years with surveillance audits scheduled during this time period with at least one audit per annum. If the organisation wants to retain its ISO 9001 certified status, it must get in touch with an independent ISO certification company for audit to check for compliance. Also, if a new version of the ISO 9001 standard is released by ISO, certified organisations must implement the latest version within a stipulated time to maintain their ISO certification.
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