ISO- INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION for STANDARDISATION
The International Organization for Standardisation is an independent, non governmental, International standard setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organisations.
ISO Certification ensures that an organisation runs its business using international standards for products, services and processes that meet customer and regulatory requirements in terms of maintaining quality, safety and their efficiency.
Why ISO Certification
To sustain in this era of a competitive business world, one needs to gain the trust of its customers and its government. So, thus the ISO Standards help you to achieve.
You could increase tour success in tenders, improve internal efficiency, reduce costs or simply prove to your potential customers that you are credible.
ISO Certification certifies that a management system, manufacturing system, manufacturing process, service or documentation procedures has all the requirements for standardisation and quality assurance. It exists in many areas from the food production industry, energy management and social responsibility to medical devices.
Each Certification has separate standards and criteria and is classified numerically. Each standard has its own benefits within specific industries.
ISO, is an organisation/ body which authorises the certification body to issue the certificate. It implies that ISO doesn’t issue certificates on its own. Rather, certification is done by external certification bodies in India. However. ISO’s Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) has produced a number of standards related to the certification process, which are used by certification bodies.
Selecting the Type of Certification:
There are various types of ISO Certifications. You need to select the certification requirement depending upon the nature and type of your business.
|● ISO 9001-Quality Management System|
● ISO 10012-Measurement management systems
● ISO 2768-1- General tolerances
● ISO 26000 – Social Responsibility
● ISO 14001 – Environment Management System
● OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health & Safety management
● ISO 19011 – Guidelines for auditing management
● ISO 20000-1 – Information technology management
● SO 13485 – Medical devices
● ISO 639 – Language codes
● ISO 4217 – Currency codes
● ISO 3166 – Country codes
● ISO 8601 – Date and time format
|● ISO 22000 – Standard for food safety|
● ISO 27001 – Information Security Management System
● ISO 31000 – Risk management
● ISO 4217 – Currency nodes
● ISO 50001 – Energy management
● CE MARK – For certain products sold within European Economic Area
● HACCP- Hazard analysis critical control point
● OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health & Safety Management System
● ISO 37001 – Anti-bribery management systems
● ISO 10002 – Complaint Management System
● SA 8000 – Social accountability
● ISO 20121 – Sustainable events
Choose a Certification Body
While choosing a Certification Body, you should evaluate several certification bodies before selecting with the one.
Following points must be checked before selecting the body for certification
1.Check if the certification body uses the relevant CASCO standard
2.Check if it is accredited.
Accreditation is not compulsory, and non – accreditation does not necessarily mean it is not reputable. The company should meet the requirements of Accreditation Agency.
- To find an accredited certification body, contact the national accreditation body in your country or visit the International Accreditation Forum.
Documents required for ISO Certification
- Name of the Organisation
- Address of the Organisation- full with Pin code
- Detail Business Activity of the Organisation
- Registration Certificate of the Entity
- Invoice Sample copy of the Organisation
- GST Certificate, if registered in GST
- Number of employees working
Process for ISO Certification in India:
- Selecting an ISO Registrar
Accreditation Bodies maintain directories of the Registrar organizations that they accredit. Registrars must meet the requirements of the ISO Accreditation Bodies. Select a registrar that has experience within the scope category of your specific industry
- Make an Application
A company and a registrar will agree on the application contract. This is an important step of the ISO Registration Process because it defines the rights and obligations of both parties, and includes liability issues, confidentiality and access rights.
- Documentation Review
The ISO registrar will Assess the Readiness by reviewing all the documents and quality standards related to various policies or procedures being followed in the organisation to evaluate and identify the discrepancies, if any.
- Assessment for Registration Audit
An ISO Audit is conducted based on the documents provided. The central ISo company checks for the genuineness of all the documents and confirms whether the company is eligible for the ISO certification or not.
- Prepare an Action Plan
After the ISO registrar notifies the weakness and omissions in the system, you need to make an action plan to make them good to meet all the Quality Management Standards.
- On site Audit
After assessing and correcting with all the non conformities, The Registrar will conduct an On site Audit to verify all the changes that you made to resolve the non- conformities.
- Registration certificate
The ISO will grant Registration certification for the 3 years after conforming with all the quality standards.
- Surveillance Audit
Surveillance audit is conducted primarily to ensure that the organisation is maintaining ISO quality standards.
Cost Involved in ISO Certification
The cost for certification varies and calculated by the Certification agency on the following basis for each organisation.
- Number of employees
- Number of Processes
- Level of risk associated with the scope of services of the organisation
- Complexity of the management system
- The number of working shifts etc.
Advantages of ISO Certification
- Increase in efficiency, productivity and profit
- Globally recognised standards
- Competitive Advantage
- Improved customer satisfaction
- Provide an improved customer experience
- Boost staff performance and overall productivity
- Professional cultural development
- Defined Processes
- More Business/ Different Markets
- More consistent quality
- Greater Management visibility
- External Audits