ISO 9001 Certification
Quality Management System Standard
Enhance customer satisfaction and improve your bottom line with ISO 9001 Certification
The Easy Route to ISO 9001 Certification: Establishing and maintaining a quality management system that is ISO 9001-certified can be challenging for small and medium-sized businesses due to limited time and resources. Our end-to-end solution is designed with our customers in mind, alleviating the burden on small and medium-sized businesses and enabling them to focus on what they do best.
Win New Business Opportunities: Obtaining certification for ISO 9001 can streamline contract bidding, expand business opportunities, and boost credibility. Our flexible ISO 9001 consultancy service can help you achieve your business goals quickly.
Our Pricing & Service Commitment: We know that pricing and customer service are important to you. We are always committed to providing you with the very best value for your money through great pricing, our certification guarantee, and excellent customer service surpassing your expectations.
Step-by-step to ISO 9001 certification
Our team will guide you every step of the way through the ISO 9001 certification process, turning ambiguous and sometimes complicated requirements into clear and pragmatic actionable steps to achieve certification.
Your journey begins with a free consultation. This is an opportunity for us to discuss your requirements and objectives and how ISO 9001 certification can benefit your business. We will provide an overview of our process, costs, timelines, and what to expect as we move forward.
Our first activity is to carry out a gap analysis. The gap analysis will represent a ‘walk-through’ of your existing processes and procedures and compare them with ISO 9001 standard requirements.
This activity reveals potential gaps or weaknesses so we can take action and get you audit-ready. It’s also a good introduction to the audit process and allows your team to understand what the formal audit will entail.
Based on the gap analysis findings, we will develop a comprehensive suite of bespoke processes and documents forming your quality management system that reflects your organisation’s operations, commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
For your QMS to be effective, it’s essential that your employees understand how to utilise the quality management system in their day-to-day operations. We will ensure you and your team are well-versed in new processes and procedures.
After implementing your new management system, we will conduct a certification audit in-person or remotely to confirm alignment with the ISO 9001 standard requirements within your organisation.
Throughout the audit, the approach taken by assessors is designed to provide “added value” by being open, helpful, and pragmatic.
After completing the audit, the assessor will hold a meeting with you to discuss any findings. If there are no major deficiencies, you will be issued the ISO 9001 certification.
Your certificate will be valid for three years after the issue date, before which you must recertify.
Achieving ISO 9001 certification is a significant milestone, but the journey towards continual improvement and maintained compliance doesn’t end there.
Our support extends beyond the certification audit to ensure your organisation thrives. ISO support is optional and flexible to meet your needs; typically, support consists of assisting you with meeting the requirements to conduct internal audits and management reviews and keep your documentation current.
Learn more about our flexible and cost-effective ISO Support Plans here.
Once you have achieved certification, the three-year certification cycle begins. We will establish a program of mandatory routine surveillance audits arranged to take place annually and a recertification audit in year 3.
The objective of surveillance audits is to verify that your systems and processes continue to be maintained, effectively implemented and compliant with the ISO 9001 Standard.
Typical surveillance audit activities include:
- internal audits and management review reports
- close out of outstanding findings from the previous audit
- non-conformance, corrective and preventive action processes
- management of changes and the effectiveness of their implementation
- product and/or service quality control and assurance
- review of quality objectives
- customer complaint management
Benefits of ISO 9001 Certification
Consistently Satisfy Customers
Enhancing customer satisfaction through a quality management system can lead to increased customer loyalty, more sales, higher revenue, and a better reputation.
A certified quality management system requires your business to have a systematic approach to its operations, leading to improved efficiency.
Our ISO 9001 consultants will help implement effective QMS processes to ensure your business runs like a well-oiled machine.
Improved bottom line
Sell more, reduce problems and increase productivity. The aggregate effect of these benefits is an overall business improvement and profit.
Quality management systems help businesses continuously evaluate and improve processes, products, or services in order to improve overall performance.
Improved market presence
ISO 9001 is recognised globally, and by achieving ISO certification, you will enhance your reputation and improve your market presence.
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Frequently asked questions
Everything you need to know about ISO 9001 Certification and the service we provide.
ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS) and the world’s most widely used quality management system standard. It provides businesses of all types and sizes with a framework and set of principles to ensure a common-sense approach to the management of operations that consistently satisfies customers and other important stakeholders.
ISO 9001 also helps businesses manage risks effectively and achieve compliance with relevant legislation and other requirements. Obtaining ISO 9001 certification is the first step for any business in demonstrating its commitment to quality management.
The standard is based on the Annex SL framework, which is a framework for ISO standards that provides a unified system for the management of ISO certifications. It consists of a set of overarching principles used to guide the development and implementation of ISO standards across all industries. ISO 9001 quality management system standard is one of the ISO standards that follow Annex SL, making it more compatible with other management standards and easier to integrate into existing processes.
By achieving ISO 9001 certification, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to quality assurance, customer satisfaction, and continuous improvement.
The length of time required to obtain ISO 9001 certification can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size and complexity of your business, the readiness of your quality management system, the availability of resources to support the implementation and certification process, and whether you want to integrate with other management standards.
Typically, we aim to certify our clients in 9 weeks or less.
For clients requiring UKAS-accredited certification, it can take between 3-6 months due to the complexity of the process and third-party certification bodies
It is important to understand that obtaining certification for ISO 9001 is not a one-time event. Your business will be required to undergo a mandatory 3-year certification cycle, during which surveillance audits will be conducted annually. In the 3rd year of the cycle, a recertification audit will be carried out.
With the assistance of our ISO 9001 consultants, you can implement and maintain a quality management system with ease. Our consultants have the expertise and specialist knowledge necessary to provide the support you need, and their involvement can make a significant difference to the success of the implementation.
The simple answer is no; no business is too small or too big for a certified quality management system.
Businesses that implement quality management systems find they save time and money. It makes running a business easier, productivity increases, and customers receive better products and services. It doesn’t matter if you work independently or have hundreds of employees; a quality management system is just a system. Anyone can have one, and anyone can benefit.
It’s important to note that in many cases, obtaining UKAS-accredited ISO certification is not mandatory and not for every business. Typically, non-accredited certification is more than sufficient.
Principal ISO does not directly offer ISO certification that is accredited by UKAS; however, we work in partnership with reputable third-party UKAS-accredited Bodies to provide you with consultancy services and support guiding you through the entire process of achieving UKAS ISO certification.
The certification process accredited by UKAS is significantly more expensive and time-consuming. Make sure you verify if this level of certification is necessary. We are always happy to talk with you to explain the requirements in more detail.
ISO 9001 provides the building blocks and foundations every business needs to improve overall business performance which can include meeting your customers and relevant interested parties requirements, managing business risks and improving your products and services.
The standard also provides an opportunity for increasing business, and thereby profitability, by being able to pursue contracts with customers that specify ISO 9001 certification as a prerequisite to doing business
The main objective of ISO 9001 is to help businesses demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of processes for improvement and conformity.
We also offer expertise on other standards and accreditations such as Build Offsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS), PAS 2060 Carbon Neutrality and more.
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