ISO FAQ

What is ISO?

isoISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 164 national standards bodies.

Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

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What are the benefits of ISO?

Before answering this question we would like to enlighten you in regards to why ISO was created?

isoThe answer to this question is another question and that is “What is the best way of doing this”. When this question was born in the minds of everyone way back in 1946, then the delegates from 25 countries met at the institute of Civil Engineers at London to find the answer and from that day there has been continuous improvement in the standards and today there are 21515 standards which touch almost every aspect of our daily lives from soil to water, from food to environment and even toys!!

If the organizations follow the ISO then they assuredly without any external efforts improve all the way their management and processes.

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What are the benefits of ISO 9001?

isoThe ISO 9001 is the quality management system standard which offers a wide range of welfares to the organizations following it. Some of these welfares include:

  • Enhanced customer satisfaction and improved customer loyalty leading to repeat business
  • Increased revenue and market share obtained through flexible and fast responses to market opportunities
  • Integration and alignment of internal processes which will lead to increased productivity and results
  • Enhanced business performance and better cost management
  • Providing confidence to interested parties as to the consistency, effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation
  • Increased credibility and competitiveness in the market
  • Consistency in the delivery of your product or service
  • Lower costs and shorter cycle times through effective use of resources
  • Improved communication, planning and administration processes
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What are the benefits of ISO 14001?

isoThe ISO 14001 is the environmental management system standard which offers a wide range of welfares to the organizations following it. Some of these welfares include:

  • Identification of cost savings with greater emphasis on resource, waste and energy management
  • Developing the corporate image and credibility
  • Quantification, monitoring and controlling the impact of operations on the environment, now and in the future
  • Ensuring legislative awareness and compliance
  • Improving environmental performance of supply chain
  • Protecting the company, assets, shareholders and directors
  • Potentially decreasing public liability insurance costs for your organisation
  • Growing the access to business partners and potential customers
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What is accreditation?

isoIf we go by the meaning of dictionary, it says

“The action or process of officially recognizing someone as having a particular status or being qualified to perform a particular activity.”

As for accreditation in terms of certification is concerned, this official recognition of that someone that is accreditation bodies is done by ISO and the accreditation bodies thus approve certification bodies for certification if the organizations fulfil the requirements laid out by ISO.

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What are the steps of ISO certification?

isoThe Certification process shall consist of the following key stages:

  • Make the Right Choice for the standard
  • Reviewing the Standard
  • Communicating the Goal
  • Establish Training Requirements
  • Using PMG
  • Selecting a Certification Body
  • Developing a Management System
  • Application Review & Contract Review
  • Initial Certification Audit: Stage-1 & Stage 2 Audit),
  • Certification Decision
  • Continual assessment (surveillance audit),
  • Renewal Audit
  • Suspending, Withdrawing, Extending or reducing scope of certification
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