Why obtain ISO Certification?
There are three main reasons why companies adopt an ISO management system:
- To increase success on public and private tenders
- To improve internal efficiency and reduce costs
- Subliminal marketing – by showing our logo on your marketing you prove to your prospective clients you are credible.
Is ISO Certification right for our company?
- Are there any areas of your business you would like to improve?
- Would you like to save time and money on recurring problems by resolving them permanently first time round?
- Would you like to tender for contracts within your sector?
- Would you like better utilisation of your time though improved resource management?
- Would you like to enhance the customer/supplier relationship by responding pro-actively to customer feedback?
- Would you like to see an improvement in your internal efficiency?
- Would you like to potentially reduce company on-going permit and insurance fees?
If you can answer yes to any of the above questions ISO Certification may be for you.
Six Core Principles of ISO Certification
- Document Control
- Issuing a document with a reference and version number to ensure that the right document, is in the right place, at the right time.
- Record Control
- A record is a completed document (see above). Record control is an efficient method of finding individual records. It can also refer to how you file, remove, archive and destroy individual records.
- Internal Review
- An in-depth review of your management system, to ensure you are on track for your end of year validation audit. This also ensures the company satisfies internal audit requirements laid out in the standard.
- A non-conformance is when something happens within the business that wasn’t planned. This could be: Internal E.g Out of date process / procedure, human error etc. External E.g Customer complaints, supplier issues etc.
- Corrective Action
- A plan created by management to rectify a non-conformance (see above), and to prevent it from recurring
- Preventative Action
- An action to clarify and address potential risks to the business, with a view to reduce future non-conformances.