ISO 9001 Certification Europe

ISO Accelerator is a UK-based company offering rapid ISO 9001 certification for small/medium companies across all industry sectors. We work with clients across all sectors in the UK and across the continent.

If your business is based in Europe and you'd like to achieve ISO certification, we can help you to do it within an extraordinarily short timeframe (typically just 7 working days). Apply for certification now >

Why get certified?

ISO 9001 is the globally-recognised standard for quality management systems.There are a number of benefits to being certified:

  • You will have a competitive advantage over other businesses in your industry
  • Customers will know at a glance that you are dedicated to exceptional customer service
  • Certain contracts may only be available to companies with ISO 9001 certification

Whether you're based in the UK or elsewhere in Europe, we are more than happy to help you achieve ISO 9010 certification.

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ISO Accelerator can provide rapid certification for software companies in the UK and USA!

Software Company

The tech world is constantly changing, and if your business makes its money developing software then it's important to make sure that, at any given time, all staff are on the same page and working to achieve the same goals.

A quality management system (QMS) is one way to achieve this. A good QMS will get your whole organisation working efficiently with minimal waste and an eye to customer satisfaction at all times.

Once your company has implemented a suitable QMS, you will probably want to apply for ISO 9001 certification. ISO 9001 is the global standard for quality management systems, and gaining this accreditation will:

  • Mark your business out as a high-quality provider that's dedicated to excellent customer service
  • Give clients an extra reason to choose you over your competitors
  • Potentially allow you to take on new contracts for which ISO certification is a requirement

ISO certification can be a time-consuming process, but ISO Accelerator provide a rapid, cost-effective certification service that typically takes just 7 working days. We are happy to work with software companies in both the UK and the USA - use the links below to find out more.

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ISO Certification for IT Company

IT companies of all sizes can benefit hugely from implementing a quality management system and securing ISO 9001 certification.

Not only does ISO certification look great to prospective clients, it will also help you and your company to...

  • Streamline your processes. A well-designed quality management system (QMS) ensures that all members of an organisation are working efficiently and staying focused on the final outcome. This is good news for both you and your customers!
  • Reduce waste. Time and resources often go to waste when people work inefficiently or don't know what they're doing, and that's as true in the IT sector as it is anywhere else. An ISO-compliant QMS will minimise waste within your organisation, helping you to deliver better results more quickly.
  • Take on new work. ISO certification is actually a requirement for some contracts, and once you've achieved ISO 9001 certification, you may find that you're able to take on a number of opportunities that were previously off-limits.

How we can help you to gain ISO certification

Here at ISO Accelerator, we help small- to medium-sized businesses to achieve ISO 9001 certification within the shortest possible timeframe.

We have worked with a number of digital/IT businesses in the past, so if you are interested in securing ISO certification for your company, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

READ MORE: How does fast-track ISO certification work?

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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.

If you would like further information on ISO 9001 then please do not hesitate to contact us today. To get certified, please click below.

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ISO 9001 2018

Many companies who apply for ISO 9001 certification do so because they believe it will ultimately result in more business for them. ISO 9001 accreditation is a mark of quality, and if a potential customer sees that your organisation is ISO 9001 certified, that may very well make them more likely to choose you over your competitors.

But is ISO 9001 certification still worth pursuing in 2018? We live in a hyperconnected world these days, and with so many different marketing avenues - including social networking, search engine advertising, online video, and more - now available to businesses of all sizes, it's easy to assume that ISO certification isn't worth the effort. Getting certified requires a certain amount of time and resources - wouldn't it be better to funnel those resources into other channels?

Well...yes, we think so! And here are three reasons why:

Why ISO 9001 certification is still worthwhile

  • It opens new doors. Many industries and organisations only work with ISO-certified suppliers. Achieving ISO 9001 accreditation could enable your company to take on all sorts of lucrative contracts that would otherwise be off limits.

  • It makes you work more efficiently. In order to get certified, you will need to implement a quality management system (QMS) that effectively minimises waste within your organisation and ensures that everyone is working towards total customer satisfaction and the continued improvement of the company.

  • It's still a trusted mark of quality. ISO 9001 certification is still a widely-recognised symbol of quality and commitment to customer satisfaction. Implementing an effective QMS and getting certified will set you apart from other businesses in your industry - and in this day and age, when Google can show consumers dozens of different providers at the click of a mouse, it's important to stand out in any way you can.

Get certified quickly and simply

The good news is that applying for ISO 9001 certification doesn't need to be the time-consuming, labour-intensive process it was in the past. Here at ISO Accelerator, we specialise in rapid ISO 9001 certification for businesses in the UK, the USA, and the rest of the world.

Certification is available from £695, and the certification process typically takes just 7 days. Find out more here, or fill out our application form to get the ball rolling.

The ISO 9001 standard has been with us for decades, but the requirements for certification haven't remained static since they were first formalised in the 1980s. They are continuously revised and updated, and every so often, a new version of ISO 9001 will be rolled out; when this happens, certified companies are given a set amount of time to transition to the new version.

 

ISO 9001:2015

The latest ISO 9001 revision is known as ISO 9001:2015. It was introduced in September 2015, and companies certified under the previous version (ISO 9001:2008) were told that they had three years to transition. The deadline for ISO 9001:2015 transition is 15 September 2018, so if your organisation hasn't already upgraded to ISO 9001:2015, you'll need to do it soon!

Further Reading: ISO 9001:2008 vs ISO 9001:2015

 

Is there another ISO 9001 revision on its way?

According to www.iso.org"all ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required".

However, this doesn't necessarily mean that there'll be another ISO 9001 update in precisely five years' time. Eight years passed between the introduction of ISO 9001:2000 (the first update of the new millennium) and ISO 9001:2008, and the latter is still in use even now, since the 15 September deadline for transition has not yet passed.

For the foreseeable future, at least, ISO 9001:2015 is the certification your organisation needs.

If you would like to implement an ISO-compliant QMS (Quality Management System) and achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification, ISO Accelerator can help you to do this quickly.

 

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US companies can achieve ISO 9001 certification quickly with ISO Accelerator!

ISO 9001 Certification USA

Here at ISO Accelerator, we provide fast-track ISO certification for small/medium-sized businesses who don't have time for site visits and quality consultation sessions. We are based in the UK, but we are pleased to say that we can also offer this service to companies in the United States of America!

Getting certified with ISO Accelerator

We are accredited by USAS, a world-recognised body that's based in the city of Melbourne, FL (see map above). Our USAS-accredited status allows us to provide an online certification process for organisations with 25 employees or fewer.

Whether you're based in the UK or the USA, here's what to do if you want to get certified:

  • Get in touch via our application form.
  • Work with us to develop a QMS (Quality Management System) that complies with ISO 9001 requirements.
  • Complete a Self-Declaration of Conformance to verify that you have implemented your QMS properly.
  • After we receive your Self-Declaration, we will issue an ISO 9001 certificate that's valid for 3 years

More Information: How Does ISO Accelerator Work?

Self-certification

For business owners with little time to spare and a strict budget to stick to, self-certification can sound like a very appealing concept. The benefits of ISO 9001 certification are well-documented, but wouldn't it be great if you could achieve ISO certification with low fees and no on-site consultation meetings or visits?

Wouldn't it be great if you could just...do it yourself?

The benefits of USAS self-certification

Here at ISO Accelerator, we help to small- to medium-sized organisations to get certified quickly and with minimum fuss. We are accredited by USAS, an internationally-recognised body headquartered in Florida, USA.

Self-certifying with ISO Accelerator allows you to:

  • Apply for certification online
  • Complete the certification process without any site visits / consultations
  • Gain ISO 9001 certification in approximately 7 days

An easier way to get certified

Accredited self-certification really is an option with ISO Accelerator. We can help you achieve ISO 9001 certification online in the shortest possible timeframe. There are no site visits or consultation sessions required, and when successful, you'll receive a valid ISO 9001 certificate from ISO Accelerator (accredited by USAS).

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Quality management system

A quality management system (QMS) is a set of processes that work together to ensure that quality of an organisation's output and improve overall customer satisfaction.

Many businesses really on quality management systems to keep consumers happy, but you may be wondering whether planning and implementing a QMS is really worth your while. After all, you're very busy, and your company already does fine - why waste valuable time formalising your processes and pursuing ISO 9001 certification?

Why would I need a quality management system?

But while it's true that implementing a QMS can be somewhat time-consuming, the benefits of will far outweigh the drawbacks if your system is well thought-out and fully compliant.

Here are just some of the benefits that a quality management system may be able to grant your organisation:

  • Reduced Waste - One of the key aims of any QMS is to minimise wastage. A good QMS will save time that's currently being wasted on tasks that don't need to be done (or could be done far more efficiently). It will also help you to stop wasting money and physical resources.

  • Happier Customers - Quality management systems are ultimately geared towards delivering the best possible outcome for the customer. Implementing a QMS should help you to meet your customers' needs and expectations more effectively, and happy customers are more likely to reward you with positive reviews, repeat orders, word-of-mouth recommendations, etc.

  • More Opportunities - If your quality management system meets ISO 9001 standards, you will be able to get certified and advertise this fact to potential customers. Not only do the words 'ISO 9001 certified' inspire confidence no matter what industry you're in, certification is actually a requirement for certain contracts, meaning that your QMS may bring you business opportunities that would otherwise have been off-limits.

If you need help putting together a QMS and getting certified, contact ISO Accelerator today - we specialise in helping businesses to achieve ISO 9001 certification in the shortest possible timeframe!

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Total Waste Removal

Based in Gosport, Hampshire, Total Waste Removal provide a wide range of waste/rubbish clearance services. From general household waste to large appliances, scrap metal, and even old cars, they remove virtually all kinds of refuse, and their services are available all over Hampshire.

Total Waste Removal recently contacted the team here at ISO Accelerator because they wanted to achieve ISO 9001 certification as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Since we offer rapid online certification - with no need for site visits or consultation meetings - they decided that we were the company to help them do this.

And they were right! We're very happy to announce that Total Waste Removal are now ISO-certified, meaning that customers can have total confidence in the quality of their services.

Here's what TWR Managing Director Jim Gildea had to say about ISO Accelerator:

"ISO Accelerator is a great way to achieve vital accreditation!"

- Jim Gildea, Total Waste Removal

If you want to get certified quickly, fill out ISO Accelerator's online application form now to get the ball rolling.