Steps to ISO Certification

Are you hoping to get ISO certified? Achieving certification can seem like a daunting task. However, it does not have to be so. You can make the process much easier if you understand what is supposed to occur at each stage. The following guide will help you gain a better understanding of how you can get your business ISO certified.



Step 1: Choose the right standard

The first step to certification is to choose the standard that will best meet your needs. You will have to determine why you need the certification in the first place. Is it to fulfill a requirement or simply to improve your internal processes? Learn about different standards and select the standard that best suits your needs.

Step 2: Contact a consultant

It is always best to seek the assistance of an independent consultant. This will ensure that you get guidance on how to design and implement the management system. Be sure to hire consultants that have implemented international standards in companies similar to your own.

Step 3: Communicate the goal

The implementation of a management system is an organization wide effort. It should not be up to a few individuals. You should therefore ensure that the entire organization is aware of your intention to implement a management system and why. You should also make everybody aware of roles in the successful implementation of the system.

Step 4: Documenting

Documentation of your processes is an important part of implementing a management system. This will help you map out your processes and improve on those that are not helping you meet your goals.

Step 5: Training

Training is also an important part of implementing a management system. This training will differ for employees depending on their roles in the organization and in the implementation of the management system.

Step 6: Selecting a certification body

It is important to choose the right certification body. Ensure that it has accreditation and therefore authorized to issue certification for the standard that you are implementing. Remember that you will be working with this certification body for the 3-year cycle of your certification. You will therefore be signing a 3-year contract with it. You should therefore ensure that you understand the terms of engagement and that you agree to them.

Step 7: Stage one and two audits

Prepare for the audits and implement the corrective measures to correct the non-conformities identified. It is also important to implement preventive actions to ensure that the non-conformities do not occur in future.

If you are successful in receiving certification, you will need to maintain the management system and undergo regular surveillance audits.

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