How long does it take to achieve ISO certification?
We aim for a 6-8 week delivery period, but again this can vary from organisation to organisation. We will never delay the process, however we understand that things can happen that may mean you require a small delay. We will accommodate this where possible; however for those who are looking to achieve the certifications as soon as possible, we will endeavour to ensure you obtain your certification within our standard timescales.
After the quotation has been accepted and the deposit payment has been received we offer all of our clients a letter that you can send to your potential clients or include with tenders, to confirm that you have entered the process and that you will be fully certified within 6-8 weeks. This is normally sufficient to move forward with a tender process. This can then be followed up by an announcement letter stating that you have achieved the ISO certification.
Who actually develops ISO standards?
ISO standards are developed by technical committees comprising experts on loan from the industrial, technical and business sectors which have asked for the standards, and which subsequently put them to use. These experts may be joined by others with relevant knowledge, such as representatives of government agencies, testing laboratories, consumer associations, environmentalists, and so on. It is estimated that, every year, some 30 000 such experts participate in the development of ISO standards. The experts participate as national delegations, chosen by the ISO member for the country concerned to represent not just the views of the organizations in which the experts work, but a full national consensus on the issues involved.
Why aren’t ISO standards free?
ISO standards cost money to develop, publish and distribute. Someone has to pay. The current system whereby users are requested to pay for the standards they use, not only sustains the development process but also, very importantly, ensures that the balance of independent vs. government, private vs. public interests can be maintained.
Is it true that implementation of Management Systems like ISO 9001 will have a lot of paperwork to be done?
Every company requires a certain amount of paperwork to operate successfully and ISO has acknowledged that it is up to the company to decide what is appropriate. For example; there is no prescriptive document requirements in the ISO 9001:2015 standard implementation. We will work closely with you to create the minimal of documentation necessary for the growth and success of your company.
Will you help us with an Audit Plan as part of the service?
Yes, we will provide you with checklists and work with you through every stage. Don’t worry, we will work with you to produce manuals, process maps, quality plans, policy documents, safety statements, employee contracts and all the paperwork that is needed.