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When it comes to ISO certification, the sheer number of options available to business owners is overwhelmingly vast and wide ranging.

As such, selecting the right certification company for your business can be an arduous process in itself.

Luckily, there is one company that stands head and shoulders above the rest!

 

ISO Accreditation with ISO Accelerator

At ISO Accelerator, we offer an efficient route to ISO accreditation via an online process that saves time, money and hassle.

No longer will you have to sit through time-consuming consultations and site visits from auditors. Simply apply online and we'll get you started on a simpler, more streamlined path to ISO 9001 certification.

But you don't have to take our word for it...

 

Case Study: David Turner

David Turner is a management consultant who recently helped a client to achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification with the assistance of ISO Accelerator. He had this to say:

"ISO Accelerator presents a compelling fast-track proposition for getting companies and organisations where they need to be with their ISO compliance – without the body of time, site audits, or the more usual and complex route.

"Before the company I consult committed to this, I must have looked at 20 or 30 alternative options. ISO Accelerator took the time to clarify queries and situations before and during the process.

"Working across time-zones, I was grateful to be able to complete the process in days – using only email from the start. This is one company you can trust and I’ll be sure to send other organisations this way in the future."

For more first-hand accounts from genuine ISO Accelerator customers, head over to our Testimonials page now and find out what we can do for your business!

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QR Code Authentication

At ISO Accelerator, we pride ourselves on offering businesses a systematic route to ISO 9001 accreditation that's both cost-effective and time-saving.

Online efficiency is a top priority, and we are always striving to make the world of online accreditation as smooth and seamless as possible.

Which is exactly why we're introducing the use of ISO accreditation QR codes to aid with the authentication process of all our digital certificates going forward.

 

QR Code Verification

As of August 2019, all certification issued by ISO Accelerator will feature a special QR code specifically for verification purposes.

These digital signatures can simply be scanned on a smart phone or smart device, which will take you to our official ISO certification checker.

From there, you will be able to enter the certificate's individual identification number into the certificate checker for immediate confirmation of validity.

 

Multilateral Recognition

As if that weren't enough, we are also proud to announce that, later this year (Q4 2019), our accreditation body USAS will also be joining the multilateral recognition programme.

This will allow all USAS-accredited ISO certifications to be verified on the USAS website, offering global certification validation from anywhere in the world.

ISO Accelerator is continuing to revolutionise the world of accreditation, and these next steps on our online journey prove once again that we are fully committed to providing you and your business with the best possible online certification experience.

For more information on these developments, or additional details on our online certification services, please get in touch!

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UK and USA flags

As the UK prepares for its departure from the European Union on 31 October 2019, many British businesses are turning their attention to the USA.

British and American people alike have long enjoyed the mutual benefits of their countries' close rapport, and that so-called 'special relationship' will only become more important once the UK has left the EU. Indeed, President Trump has stated that talks about a "very substantial" UK-US trade deal are already underway.

So how can UK business owners take advantage of the current situation?

 

Attract US customers with USAS-accredited certification

If you would like to bring in more business from the USA in the near future, it may be beneficial to hold ISO certification that's accredited by a US-based company.

ISO Accelerator is accredited by USAS, whose head office is located in Florida, USA. Getting your ISO 9001 certification from us will help American customers to have confidence in your business's quality management system, and what's more, our online certification process will save you a significant amount of time and money too!

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Digital Certification

For companies seeking ISO 9001 certification, the prospect of the accreditation process can be a dark cloud looming on the business horizon, presenting laborious days and costly delays.

However, thanks to USAS-accredited ISO certification from ISO Accelerator, those fears can be wiped clean and, instead, be replaced with online efficiency and unobtrusive integration.

Sound too good to be true? Read on to find out just what digital certification from ISO Accelerator can do for you and your business.

 

Who are USAS?

Based out of Florida in the United States, USAS are an internationally-recognised accreditation body, offering accredited online certification for small- to medium-sized businesses. This covers companies that employ 25 individuals or less. (Companies with more employees can also apply on a case-by-case basis where numbers of employees perform the same tasks, e.g. Production Workers, Drivers, Salespeople, etc.)

USAS describe themselves as an “independent, impartial and paradigm pioneer in the field of accreditation”, which is no exaggeration.

Offering well-defined standards to ensure the technical competence and integrity of its accredited organisations, USAS are respected worldwide for their innovative and user-friendly business acumen, as well as their novel approaches to accreditation.

Through the USAS-accredited ISO certification process, we at ISO Accelerator give businesses around the globe the ability to get certified online, backed by a US-based third-party accreditation body.

 

Financial Benefits of Digital Certification

From a financial standpoint, digital certification has a notable upside, presenting numerous remunerative benefits.

First and foremost, the cost of digital certification is typically less than the alternative route, providing like-for-like monetary comparison that is as plain as day.

It’s also far more economical from a time standpoint, requiring fewer resources and labour hours than physical certification services, therefore allowing you to better utilise those resources elsewhere.

Additionally, it can be completed at a time that suits you, allowing you to schedule the task in line with your own timetable and priorities. During periods of heavy workload where focused labour is needed elsewhere, this fact alone can be hugely beneficial.

 

Environmental Benefits of Digital Certification

In addition to the litany of measurable financial advantages, the benefits of digital certification also extend to the environment.

In a modern society where conservation is becoming increasingly important, more and more aspects of daily life have been taken online in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions and lessen the environmental impact: from e-tickets to online bank statements.

Digital certification is no different, and can have a profound effect on the carbon footprint of the certification process. The online nature of digital certification negates the need for a physical auditor to drive to and from the site, creating a process that requires significantly less travel.

Over the course of a year, the energy-saving benefits can be significant. In fact, cutting out the annual travel needs of just one auditor can result in a reduction of CO2 emissions that literally measures in the tonnes.

 

Why Choose ISO Accelerator?

When it comes to management systems and the associated standards, digital certification is a novel approach to the accredited certification process that’s tailor-made for the digital age of today. Gone are the wads of paper and lengthy in-person pleasantries, replaced by online comms and fast-track results.

Bringing a contemporary technological solution to an industry that has been crying out for just that, the streamlined process of online accreditation is a revolutionary way of achieving ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification practically, efficiently and responsibly.

In addition to saving time and money, your company can actively contribute to a healthier planet at the same time. Enhance your business, reduce your outgoings and promote sustainability today, all by completing your certification digitally online with ISO Accelerator.

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USA football

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s official – England have been knocked out of the Women’s World Cup by the USA.

In the wake of the final whistle, the Lionesses have been left to lick their wounds while the Stars & Stripes are set to wave the star-spangled banner all the way into the Women’s World Cup Final.

While this may seem like a transatlantic tragedy to footy fans across England, it’s undoubtedly an impressive feat for the USA.

However, the good ol’ US of A does have a consolation prize to offer us Brits and it comes in the form online QMS accreditation.

Land of Opportunity

For the US team, Sunday marks the third consecutive time they have reached the World Cup Final, while the victory over England brings their undefeated streak to an impressive tally of 11.

There’s no doubt about it, the USA surely does stand for “The Land of Opportunity” with opportunity knocking pretty loudly this Sunday.

But you don’t have to wait until Sunday to grab your opportunity for American success. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the computer!

Hit the gas and accelerate your journey to accreditation now by signing up for USAS-accredited certification at the touch of a button!

God Bless Accreditors

Through ISO Accelerator, SMEs of 25 employees or less can gain the globally-recognised ISO9001 QMS accreditation quickly and economically with minimal fuss and bother.

By-passing what can often be a lengthy, laborious endeavour, ISO Accelerator has teamed with Florida-based USAS to offer accredited ISO certification online, using up to the minute communications methods and processes.

Better still, online accreditation through ISO Accelerator can also save you time and money, eliminating the need for facility visit from a third-party auditor and cutting certification time down considerably.

What are you waiting for? Complete our online application form now and kick-off your journey to USAS-accredited glory.

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ISO Accelerator Feedback

Wondering whether our accelerated ISO 9001 certification service is the right choice for your company? Want a better idea of what we have to offer?

The good news is that we now have our own Testimonials page, where you can read feedback from some of the companies that have used our service in the past. We've already got glowing reviews from businesses across a variety of industries - including landscaping, surveying, instruction, manufacturing and waste management - and we'll be updating this new page periodically so that you can see how our latest clients found their ISO Accelerator experience.

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Achieving ISO 9001 certification for your organisation can take both time and effort but it brings with it a number of outstanding tangible and intangible benefits which help your business improve across a number of functions. Some of the advantages that you may experience from achieving certification include but are not limited to are:

  • An improved/happier workforce
  • Additional business opportunities
  • Cost & waste reductions
  • Increased levels of productivity & success

All of these things are what every organisation hopes for when it comes to their business, but as mentioned above, making these benefits a reality can take a company months, even years, without the right support. That where ISO Accelerator comes in! If like many businesses, ISO 9001 certification is a goal you are aiming to achieve in 2018, we can help make that goal a reality in a shorter period of time. Meaning you will experience the listed advantages sooner rather than later. How can we help achieve this you may ask? Let’s take a look!

How can we help you gain certification quicker?

The way in which we help businesses who are looking to achieve ISO 9001 accreditation in a shorter period of time is by being there every step of the way, without ever having the need to visit your site or perform consultation sessions. From developing your tailored quality management system to submitting your self-declaration, we are by your side to ensure each stage of the process is completed efficiently and effectively – much faster than if you were looking to take the traditional route.

The stages involved when using us are simple. All you need to do is:

  1. Complete our online application form
  2. Design and create your tailored quality management system with the help of our experts
  3. Complete a Self-Declaration of Conformance

Once you have completed these steps, sent us your declaration and everything has been approved, we will then send your ISO 9001 certificate – it’s as easy as that! So, what are you waiting for? Hit the button below to contact us and start your journey to achieving your 2018 business goal!

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iso 9001 history

Introduction

The roots of The International Standards Organisation (ISO) can be traced all the way back to World War 2, where demand for better safety standards within the factories that were developing explosive devices appeared. The ISO 9000, or BS 5750 series of standards as it was once known, was introduced in 1979, meaning businesses had to comply with strict production procedures in order to make workplaces safer.

The ISO 9001 standard, built on these original guidelines, was formally introduced in 1987 as many companies became increasingly frustrated with the original BS 5750 guidelines. This is because the original guidelines were specifically geared towards manufacturing businesses, meaning they were a poor fit for a number of other types of companies and industries.

ISO 9001 was then created to address these issues and offer a universal framework for quality management that all businesses and industries could adhere to. The ISO 9001 was designed to be product and industry-friendly, the ever-changing and evolving nature of the business world meant that there was a need for further updates and revisions.

1994 

The first of these revisions came in 1994, where the ISO’s intention was to move the focus of the original standard to quality management systems (QMS) that monitored and checked products at every stage involved in creating them instead of only checking them at the finished stage. This change focused on quality assurance using anticipatory actions, rather than correcting any created issues. QMS, in essence, moved from a ‘cure’ to ‘prevention’ state.

2000 

In 2000, ISO 9001 was once again changed. The purpose this time was to simplify the processes and documentation involved so that companies will be less burdened with quality control procedures if they didn’t actually produce new products. Another aim of this revision was to increase the involvement of upper management in order to integrate quality control throughout the entirety of the business, connecting all levels of company hierarchy. The final goal of this update was to increase effectiveness through the use of process performance metrics, where continual process improvement and the monitoring of customer satisfaction became paramount.

2008

The changes to ISO 9001 that were seen in 2008 were minor in comparison to previous changes. In this part of the ISO 9001's history, clearer clarifications were made to existing standards to enhance the consistency with other ISO standards (ISO 14001), without introducing new requirements.

Latest Revision in 2015

The most recent change in ISO 9001 history came in 2015 after it was decided that a new QMS model for the next 25 years had to be created. As a result of this, work on created a new version if ISO 9001 began, starting with updated quality management principles. The change came not with the scope of the standard, but rather the core terms, to allow greater integration with other international management systems. This update also made the standard less prescriptive than previous versions, focusing much more on performance.

This was accomplished by incorporating a process approach with risk-based thinking. Communication was a made a key area with the change, with the need for a quality representative eliminated, there is much more emphasis placed on everyone within the business having an influence in the development and maintenance of the QMS.

The standard is now seen as an ever-evolving document, being continually edited and updated with input from a number of trade committees and organisations with quality management know-how from across the globe, in order to stay as relevant to worldwide businesses as possible.

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ISO Accelerator has been accredited by USAS to provide certification for ISO 14001.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

Following the successful launch of our USAS-accredited fast track ISO 9001 certification programme, we are pleased to announced that ISO Accelerator has now been accredited by USAS to provide ISO 14001 certification services in the UK.

This means that, in addition to helping you achieve ISO 9001 certification for your quality management system (QMS), we can now also help you to get certification for your environmental management system (EMS).

What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is the international standard for environmental management systems. An EMS is a set of processes that reduces waste and minimises the environmental impact of an organisation and its operations. Gaining ISO 14001 certification is the best way to demonstrate to consumers that your company works hard to be environmentally friendly.

In order to meet USAS requirements and provide this service to UK organisations, we at ISO Accelerator had to meet a strict set of internationally-recognised standards. USAS apply these standards to ensure that accredited certification bodies maintain their high standards in other territories.

Our website will be updated shortly to reflect this achievement and the fact that we now provide this additional service. In the meantime, if you're the owner of a UK-based organisation and you're looking to achieve ISO 14001 certification, please get in touch to find out how we can help you to make this process as quick, as affordable, and as easy as possible.

Saunders Morgan Harris logo

Based in Hamble, not far from Southampton, Saunders Morgan Harris Ltd are an international surveying company who provide technical consultancy services for yachts and other marine craft. Founded in 2005 by Duncan Saunders and Hugo Morgan-Harris, SMH specialise in new build projects, restorations, loss adjusting, and non-destructive testing.

The SMH team have fine-tuned their business processes over the last decade or so, but while they themselves were confident that they knew how to achieve the highest-quality outcome for each customer, they decided that they needed ISO 9001 certification to demonstrate their quality and efficiency to potential clients.

And that's where ISO Accelerator came in. Our fast-track online certification service made it easy for SMH to get certified without the time-consuming process that this usually entails. Here's what Duncan Saunders had to say once the company had secured ISO 9001:2015 certification:

"Being an established SME, we knew that we had robust processes in place, but we needed a way to communicate this and to give confidence to new clients. ISO Accelerator's ISO 9001 certification process fitted perfectly with our needs. The process was simple, and the team at ISO Accelerator helped us to develop a QMS that meets the requirements ISO 9001:2015 while seamlessly integrating into the way that we currently work." - Duncan Saunders, Director

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