ISO standards are a series of frameworks that help organizations run their business effectively. An ISO certification is a proof from a third party that an organization complies with the ISO management standards.
The certifications started with smaller things like weights and measures, and over the past years has accumulated into a family of standards that covers everything from shoes to huge corporations and everything in between.
There are numerous benefits of getting an ISO certification. Having an International Standard for a product means that consumers have confidence that their products are of good quality, reliable and safe. ISO has developed standards on road safety, secure medical packaging, medical equipment to name a few. These standards help with the safety of consumers and make the world a safer place.
ISO standards are counted on by governments and regulators all around the world to help develop better regulation, knowing they have a sound basis thanks to the involvement of globally-established experts.
Is an ISO Certification right for you?
Here’s a list of questions for any organization or individual looking to get an ISO certification. If you answer ‘yes’ to some or all of the following questions, you should be considering implementing an ISO Management Standard:
Do you want to increase your success in tenders or do you want potential customers to realize that you’re a credible supplier?
Are there areas of your business that could be more efficient?
Do you need to reduce costs?
Would you like to reduce your insurance fees?
Could your customer satisfaction levels be improved?
Do you find yourself (or your team) spending time fixing things that haven’t gone to plan rather than planning for the future?
Do you need to make your processes and procedures more robust?
Would your business benefit from heightened staff engagement and motivation?
There are a number of ISO certification providers available all over the globe, these providers have consultants that help organizations in getting their ISO training and certifications.
Getting an ISO certification brings along many advantages with it. It greatly improves the efficiency and productivity of businesses, giving them an edge over their competitors. Here are some key advantages:
As processes are defined, quality becomes more consistent, and staff is more focused on achieving conformity to customer requirements, customer satisfaction increases and misunderstandings are reduced.
Since ISO is a global entity for quality standards, companies around the world acknowledge the certification. This results in increased business opportunities and reduced since customers may not be required to perform on-site audits.
As the QMS is documented, the key processes involved in product realization will be better defined and optimized. This helps everyone in the organization better understand their responsibilities and improve consistency, as products and services pass through the process.
Documenting the QMS typically results in the identification of sources of scrap, unnecessary quality costs, and unneeded overlaps and redundancy. A lot of ISO-certified firms report a reduction in scrap and overtime.
Due to the international recognition of the ISO certification, the improvement in process and quality consistency, the likely improvement in customer satisfaction and the possibility of lower product costs, there is the potential for increased business in both current and new markets. On top of this, a lot of companies obtaining ISO certification are asked to become certified by a customer, having a certification in advance provides a distinct advantage over the competitors.
ISO certification demands a focus on a definition of and conformity to product requirements. This promotes consistency in process inputs and raw materials, how work is performed, how the product is tested, and data is recorded, which results in more consistent product quality.
As staff is trained in the methods for collecting and interpreting process and quality data, decisions regarding process operations and product quality will become based on objective data rather than speculation or conjecture. Data collected on the process and quality indicators help identify changes in the process and thus helps staff minimize changes and inconsistencies.
Defining & optimizing the QMS as required by ISO 9001 results in operations running more efficiently, with less downtime. If a problem does occur, it is traced to its root cause and fixed, saving the organization from “re-correcting” it every time it happens.
External audits are a benefit because they bring a third party to observe the organization’s processes and QMS. External auditors have the advantage of looking at the problems objectively since they may have previous experience with similar problems.
These auditors have worked as ISO Certification Consultants and are familiar with many other similar and dissimilar processes which often provides insight into potential issues and results in even further process and product improvements.
Above mentioned are just a few benefits of an ISO certification. These are generalized since specific certifications are targeted towards specific industries, this brings along with them their own set of benefits. At Samarth Consultants as we provide detailed guides on how to get ISO certifications, for multiple industries.