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If you're trying to decide whether or not to pursue ISO 9001 certification for your organisation, you'll probably want to know:

How long will my certificate remain valid once I've got it?

The answer is 'it depends'. When you apply for ISO certification, you will have to go through a certification body, and different certification bodies provide different services. Most certificates are valid for 3 years, although some must be renewed annually.

Note that, regardless of how long your ISO 9001 certificate is valid for, your organisation will be subject to ongoing surveillance audits. These audits are normally carried out annually, and they serve to ensure that your quality management processes are still effective.

How long does ISO Accelerator certification last?

Here at ISO Accelerator, we provide a fast-track ISO certification service that enables small/medium UK businesses to get certified within 7 days (find out how it works here).

If you get certified via ISO Accelerator, your ISO 9001 certification will need to be renewed once a year. Once you have received your certificate, you will need to pay an annual re-certification fee to retain your certified status. However, as long you continue to meet the conditions of ISO and your own quality management system, you will remain certified indefinitely. (Bear in mind that the ISO 9001 standard is revised every 6-8 years; you will need to migrate to the latest version of the standard each time this happens.)

For more information about the costs involved in getting certified via ISO Accelerator, please see our How Much Does it Cost? page.

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