ISO Standards for Management Systems
The range of International Organisation for Standardisation (known as ISO) certifications available is large, and covers many different aspects of business: from photography to plastics, from health and safety to business quality in general. And as the accreditation body is truly international, working in approximately 150 different countries around the world, an ISO certificate has a global reputation as a standard of high quality.
ISO Standards are not just about providing a good quality service to your customers; they also can make an impressive difference to your bottom line. And achieving an ISO certification is not just about your end product – it focuses heavily on the way your company operates, helping you to streamline processes and identify wasteful practices.
There are 9 steps toward ISO certification:
- your company management have to fully commit to achieving the certification;
- staff in your company have to be informed of this commitment;
- in-house documents are prepared using ISO guidelines;
- your company-wide operating processes have to be prepared and checked;
- an internal audit is then run in the light of these steps;
- your company undertakes a management review, identifies and implements improvements;
- your company chooses an external UKAS-accredited registrar to work with;
- your management system is assessed and your ISO certification is awarded;
- your organisation continues to improve its management system, and so retains ISO certification.
These tried and tested processes are not simply aimed at getting a piece of paper; they allow you to undergo a thorough review of your business and its functions and to see how you can improve results.
As well as enhancing your business’ performance, the resulting ISO certification provides you with an enhanced standing with other businesses both nationally and internationally.
The ISO certifications dealt with by Edworthy Business Management Consultants focus on business quality, environmental practices, information security and business continuity systems:
ISO 9001 – ISO 9001 is a standard for the way you manage your business (and not for the products or services you provide) … click here to read more about how we can help with ISO 9001
ISO 14001 – ISO 14001 is an eco-standard covering the way your organisation prevents pollution and manages its impact on the environment … click here to read more about how we can help with ISO 14001
ISO 27001 – ISO 27001 is a standard for the way you safeguard your own and your customers’ information, minimise the risk of it being compromised or lost, and how you make sure it is always available to authorised users … click here to read more about how we can help with ISO 27001.
ISO 22301 – ISO 22301 is a standard for the way you safeguard your own and your customers’ information, when disaster strikes … click here to read more about how we can help with ISO 22301.