In a global market, there needs to be a way to keep everyone honest. If they didn’t, it would be hard to keep quality and consistency across industries and countries. ISO is an organization that helps to make sure that everyone is playing on the same level.
What is certification by ISO?
ISO certification shows that a management system, a manufacturing process, a service, or a way to document something meets all the standards and quality assurance requirements. ISO, which stands for “International Organization for Standardization,” is an independent, non-governmental international organization that creates standards to make sure that products, services, and systems are safe, effective, and of good quality.
ISO certifications are available in many areas of business, such as energy management, social responsibility, and medical devices. ISO standards make sure that everything is the same. Each certification has its own standards and requirements and is given a number. For example, the ISO certification that Mead Metals has right now is ISO 9001:2015.
What is ISO 9001?
The ISO 9001:2008 certification has three parts: ISO, 9001, and 2015. Here’s what each part stands for:
The International Organization for Standardization is what ISO stands for. This group makes the standards, which it does so that it can certify businesses or groups. The certification is done by a third party, and it is tested every year.
The standard is categorized by the number that comes after ISO. All of the ISO 9000 standards talk about quality management. ISO 9001 is one of ISO’s most well-known standards. It explains how to meet a number of quality management principles. It helps businesses and organizations work better and make customers happier.
The last number in an ISO certification tells you which version of the standard you are meeting, which is based on the year those standards came out. ISO 9001 is in its fifth edition in 2015. It came out in September 2015, and Mead Metals has changed the way it works to meet the requirements of this latest version.
What Does Certification ISO 9001 Mean?
If an organization says on its website that it is “ISO 9001 Certified,” this means that it has met all of the requirements set by ISO 9001. (which you can read in full here). ISO 9001 requires organizations to define and use a quality management system that is both effective and appropriate. It also requires them to find places where they can improve and take steps to do so.
Because of this, most people know that a company that says it has ISO 9001 certification has products and services that meet quality standards.
ISO Certification Explained
Some industries, like the automotive industry, only buy from companies that have ISO 9001 certification. We got ISO certification in 1998, and it has helped our company in many ways.
ISO standards have given us a plan for how to handle each order. We know what the standards are and have the tools we need to make sure that quality, consistency, and safety are met. ISO tells us what to do, how to check for quality, and what is expected of us.
The standards for ISO certification also help make sure that our products and services are still useful. When the rules change, so do we. When we start working with a new customer, we send them information about our certification so they know that ISO standards will be met.
How can I learn about the new ISO standards?
ISO is the best place to find out about new, changed, or updated ISO standards. Since they are the ones who make the rules, they would be the best source.
There are also places where people and businesses can find summaries and explanations of ISO updates to help them understand them. For example, the website 9001SIMPLIFIED explained what had changed from 2008 to 2015 in ISO 9001. The update for 2015 has:
◉ More clauses
◉ A different structure (High Level Structure)
◉ Different words and phrases
◉ A step-by-step plan
◉ Pay more attention to inputs and outputs
◉ At its core, risk-based thinking
◉ A focus on the organization’s context Leadership and commitment updates
◉ Integration with other ISO standards that work better.
How Long Does It Take to Learn ISO Standards?
Overall, the training schedule will depend on a lot of things, such as how well people understand the requirements, how ready an organization is, and how big and complicated the organization is. Still, most can expect to get their ISO 9001:2015 certification in three to six months.
Remember that people can’t get ISO certification. Only businesses and groups can do this. It’s also important to note that the certification is not given by ISO. Instead, third party organizations make certification possible.
When ISO 9001:2015 came out in September 2015, businesses and organizations had three years to learn how to use it and update their processes. This gave businesses of all sizes the time they needed to learn how to use it and update their processes.