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ISO 9001:2015 Certification Requirements & Implementation Process Steps

Concept of ISO 9001 Standard in a Nutshell

ISO 9001 standard revolves around a systematic approach for managing high quality in one’s products and services leading to improved production efficiency and high profit margins. ISO 9001 is proven and tested quality management system that has been declared successful in almost every type of business. Consider Sync Resources in your assistance to get you ISO 9001 certification and to help in maintaining the ISO 9001 certification requirements.

What is ISO 9001 Certification all about?

ISO 9001 deals with quality management system whose utmost goal is to ensure high quality products and services to customers every time. ISO 9001 is suitable for every type of business looking for increased productivity, consistently high quality flawless production with minimum wastages and losses. Being ISO 9001 certified means that your organization is fully meeting the requirements of ISO 9001 standard.

Quick Guide of Achieving ISO 9001:2015 Certification Simplified in Five Steps

ISO 9001 is all about getting high quality products and services every time and anytime. It revolves around the holistic approach of Quality Management System (QMS), its standard and its full compliance. However to achieve ISO 9001 certification, we refer you to go through each step one by one in detail. Moreover, the team of Sync Resources is just a click away to help you get through ISO 9001 certification robust but not so impossible journey within just 30 days’ time. In order to read the complete ISO 9001 guidelines and compliance criteria in detail, International Organization for Standardization has developed a couple of easy to access and far more easy to learn handbooks of ISO 9001 standard to help you go through the requirements in convenient way. Here are the ISO 9001 certification steps briefly defined that will enhance your knowledge about ISO 9001 certification process and its requirements in detail.

Step 01: Grab Basic and Essential Information about ISO 9001:2015 Certification Requirements

Buying the copy of ISO 9001 standard will be definitely most important initial step of get ISO 9001 certification. For getting an easier pathway to get ISO 9001 certification knowledge, one can go through the handbooks published by International Organization of Standardization (ISO) which are available and easily accessible on request. We recommend you to delegate a senior employee of yours preferably a senior Quality Assurance manager or even Head of Production department to implement ISO 9001 system throughout in your organization or make sure to sync your current management system with the requirements of ISO 9001 standard. Moreover, Sync Resources team will be there to get that delegated person trained in accordance to the requirements of certification of ISO 9001.

Step 02: Documentation Preparation for ISO 9001 Certification

Warning: Don’t get scared after going through the requirements of ISO 9001 certification, jot down gaps that you may find between your current management system and ISO 9001 requirements. Listing down evident gaps will help you in detailed Gap Analysis exercise that will be conducted in later stages. Sync Resources team will be side by side in helping you to understand how documents will be prepared in accordance with ISO 9001 requirements. Sync Resources have templates made in accordance with ISO 9001 requirements that can be provided to you during certification process. Please note that ISO 9001 certification documents are not made generically but are specific as well as suitable to your company keeping the type of organization that you are present in market.

ISO 9001 Requirements

Following are the basic requirements that are essential for ISO 9001 certification:

  • Quality Policy
  • Procedures
  • Scope of the Quality Management System
  • Process Map preferably in flow chart form
  • Quality Objectives
  • Work Instructions in documented form

ISO 9001:2015 requirements includes everything of your organization starting from your mission statement of the organization, scope, quality policies, objectives, consumer complaints minimization targets and much more. The important point to be considered here is implementation of ISO 9001:2015 will not put any hurdle in manufacturing processes, productivity and business operations of your organization but will strengthen the quality of your products and services to the maximum possible level.

Step 03: Implementation of ISO 9001:2015 Standards to Your Current Management System

It’s time for action! After going through the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 certification, jot down gaps that you initially find out within your current management system and that do not fully or partially comply with your current management system.

Where to start Implementation of ISO 9001:2015?

We know you have got tons of things to do in order to get fully compliance with ISO 9001:2015 requirements for ISO 9001:2015 certification. (Consider Sync Resource as your helping hand in getting ISO 9001:2015 certification within 30 days’ time.) Don’t get puzzled while looking at number of requirements that are needed for getting ISO 9001 certification. We suggest you to start with documentation control as new or modified documentations will help mold the concepts of your employees and colleagues to work according to ISO 9001:2015 requirements. Once your team start filling up the documents in accordance with ISO 9001 standards, gradually start modifying your system in accordance with ISO 9001;2015 certification requirements. Always keep in mind to take one step at a time during implementation of ISO 9001:2015 standard.

Step 04: Internal Audit

Internal audits will not only help you to minimize the gaps between your current management system and ISO standard’s requirements but will further support your systems to maintain ISO 9001:2015 certification. Internal audits will assist you to realign your goals in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 certification system. The main purpose of an internal auditor to see how much your current system complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015. We recommend you to conduct gap analysis before implementation of ISO 9001:2015 system, after partial ISO 9001:2015 implementation, after ISO 9001:2015 standard implementation and periodically after ISO 9001:2015 standard implementation.

Step 05: Certification for ISO 9001:2015

To be an ISO 9001;2015 certified body, it is mandatory to have an independent third party ISO 9001 team of auditors to visit your facility and to go through your documentation flow and verify the documentation effectiveness in your current management system. Please keep in mind to conduct ISO 9001:2015 certification audit only after the completion of internal audit and all identified gaps closure.

Selecting ISO 9001 Registrar:

It is important to select right type of ISO 9001 registrar that has complete knowledge of ISO 9001 certification requirements and process. Your ISO 9001 Registrar can sink or sail your certification ship during ISO 9001 certification process. Before selecting an ISO 9001 registrar, don’t forget to go through the registrar’s track record and success ration to the number and kind of clients he has worked with before.

The ISO 9001 Certification Audit:

The ISO 9001:2015 certification audit will be a notch more than the internal audit. The auditors will randomly pick or select any department and will verify their documentation control and system’s effectiveness. If the auditor remain unsuccessful in highlighting any significant major non-conformance then you will get ISO 9001:2015 certification. If the auditor discovers major non-conformities along with few minor ones then a timeline will be given after mutual agreement of both the parties to close the identified preferably Major non-conformities in order to get ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Maintaining ISO 9001 Certification:

Achieving ISO 9001 certification, is not once in a life time activity. In fact, ISO 9001 certification audits will be conducted twice or thrice in a year to check continuous improvement cycle and to review the effectiveness of your system after getting ISO 9001:2015 certified. To maintain ISO 9001:2015 certification, it is mandatory to conduct internal audits periodically and close all the major and minor identified gaps within decided timelines. However, Sync Resources believes in acting on actions rather than wasting hours and hours on long boring meetings which derives no conclusions and endless unfruitful discussions.

About Sunita Verma

Sunita Verma, Founder and President of Sync Resource started the company in 2009 with a vision to provide management consulting to small & medium size businesses around the country. Sunita holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University. Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, India with prestigious gold medal awarded by renowned Scientist Dr Abdul Kalam Azad. As an active philanthropist she believes in pay it forward and is a contributing member of charitable organizations like St. Jude’s Foundation and North Fulton Charities.

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