Acheiving ISO 9001 certification isn't as simple as filling in a form or paying a fee in exchange for a certificate with your company's name on it. There's a process you'll need to follow if you want to get certified - here's a rough breakdown of what needs to be done, and how ISO Accelerator can help you to do it more quickly:
How to get certified
- The first thing you will need to do is plan and implement a quality management system (QMS) that meets the ISO 9001 standard.
- Next, you will need to confirm that the requirements of your QMS have been met. This can be done by a third-party certification company, or you can submit a Self-Declaration of Conformance to state that you have implemented your QMS properly.
- Once the above has been completed, your ISO 9001 certificate will be issued. You will need to re-certify periodically to ensure that you don't lose your accreditation.
How we can help you get certified faster!
Here at ISO Accelerator, we can help with every stage of the ISO certification process, from developing your QMS to submitting a Self-Declaration and gaining your ISO 9001 certificate.
We help small/medium UK businesses to get certified online. This process is a lot quicker than the traditional ISO 9001 certification route, since it involves no site visits and no consultation sessions. All you have to do is:
- Complete our online application form
- Develop your QMS (our quality management experts will work with you remotely in order to help you do this)
- Complete a Self-Declaration of Conformance as per step 2 above
Once we have received your Self-Declaration, you will be sent your ISO 9001 certificate. It really is as easy and as streamlined as can be - get in touch with the ISO Accelerator team now to get started.
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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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We at ISO Accelerator frequently help very large organisations to achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification, but getting certified can be hugely beneficial for small enterprises, too. The ISO 9001 standard is designed to be applicable at any level, so whether your business is a multinational mega-corporation or a one-person consultancy based in your own home, you can achieve ISO certification and enjoy the benefits of this globally-recognised accreditation.
Becoming an ISO 9001-certified business can mean:
- Gaining new contracts for which you otherwise wouldn't have been considered
- Retaining existing clients who now require ISO certification
- A clearer path to business growth
- Improved efficiency and reduced waste
The drawbacks of ISO 9001 certification for small businesses
Many micro/small businesses do not seek ISO certification because of the costs involved and/or because they don't have the time to spare. This is perfectly understandable - time and money are precious, and small enterprises can rarely afford to waste either.
But getting certified may not have to be as costly and time-consuming as you imagine. Here at ISO Accelerator, we specialise in helping UK-based businesses to achieve ISO 9001:2015 certification in the shortest possible timeframe, minimising costs and making the whole process virtually hassle-free.
We also provide:
- Expert advice and support
- Straightforward pricing
- Everything else you need to get certified
We can typically get you certified in approximately 7 days.
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Wondering whether to pursue ISO 9001 certification for your organisation? Getting certified takes time and effort, and many business owners are understandably reluctant to commit to this endeavour because, well, what tangible difference does ISO certification actually make?
In fact, there are many benefits associated with becoming an ISO-certified organisation. Here are just 3 of the most enticing reasons to get your company certified:
- Happier customers. Implementing an ISO-compliant quality management system will ensure that every part of your organisation is working to give your customers the best possible results. Making your customers happy will lead to a huge variety of other benefits: they'll reward you with positive reviews, they'll come back for more when they next require your product/service, and they might even recommend you to friends and associates.
- More business. In addition to the word-of-mouth recommendations that satisfied customers often give, ISO 9001 certification can itself attract new customers to your company. If a potential client is torn between two different suppliers, then it makes sense for them to choose the one whose quality has been independently verified. Furthermore, businesses in certain fields will only work with ISO 9001-certified suppliers, so getting certified may well open some doors that were previously closed to your company.
- Increased efficiency. A well-planned quality management system won't just improve the products/services you're providing for your customers - it will also streamline your processes, improving efficiency and minimising waste. This will save your business both time and money.
Other Benefits Include (but aren't limited to):
- Cost reduction
- Marketing opportunities
- Fewer returned products and complaints
Getting ISO 9001 certified doesn't have to be a mammoth task - Get certified online with ISO Accelerator!
When you're new to the world of quality management and ISO certification, it's easy to feel a little confused by some of of the associated jargon. For instance, you probably know that ISO 9001 is the globally-recognised standard for quality management systems, but perhaps you've heard people using more complicated-sounding terms like 'ISO 9001:2008' and now you're feeling a bit lost again.
If so, we hope this simple guide makes things a little bit clearer.
ISO 9001 is updated periodically.
The standards collectively known as ISO 9001 are constantly evolving, and as a result, ISO 9001 is overhauled every so often in order to reflect the latest advancements and the current state of the market. Once a new version of ISO 9001 is brought into effect, organisations who were certified under the previous version usually have a few years to transition to the new one.
ISO 9001:2008 is an outdated version of ISO 9001.
ISO 9001:2008 (itself the successor to ISO 9001:2000) was rendered obsolete in September 2015 by the newly-introduced ISO 9001:2015 standard.
- If you already hold ISO 9001:2008 certification, you have until the end of September 2018 to migrate to ISO 9001:2015.
- If you do not hold any ISO 9001 certification, there's no need to worry about ISO 9001:2008 - you should focus on getting certified according to the requirements laid out by ISO 9001:2015.
Looking to get ISO certified as soon as possible? Click here to find out how ISO Accelerator can help!
Read more on this topic: ISO 9001:2008 vs. ISO 9001:2015
The ISO 9001 standard for quality management systems is revised every few years to ensure that it remains fit for purpose and continues to reflect the requirements of the modern marketplace. The current version of the standard, which rolled out in September 2015, is known as ISO 9001:2015.
If your organisation achieved ISO 9001 certification prior to September 2015, you were probably certified under the previous version of the standard, known as ISO 9001:2008. This version is no longer in use, and the deadline to switch over (the end of September 2018) has just passed - so you might be overdue a new ISO 9001 certification.
What are the differences between ISO 9001:2008/2015?
The more recent ISO 9001: 2015 has ten clauses as opposed to the ISO 9001: 2008's eight. The new ISO 9001 aims to add emphasis to the importance of continually improving the processes used within a business.
ISO 9001: 2008
ISO 9001: 2015
Terms and Definitions
Terms and Definitions
Quality Management System
The Context of the Organisation
Measurement, Analysis, Improvement
In the ISO 9001: 2008, customers were treated as the only party of interest, however, the ISO 9001: 2015 takes into consideration others involved e.g. shareholders and suppliers.
Want to get certified to the latest ISO 9001 standard? ISO Accelerator makes the certification process as quick and as simple as possible - click here to get started!
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As we announced last month, ISO Accelerator now provides a fast-track ISO 14001 certification service for organisations in the UK.
But what is ISO 14001 certification, and how does it benefit the businesses who achieve it?
What it means to be ISO 14001 certified
ISO 14001 is the internationally-recognised standard for environmental management systems. When implementing an environmental management system (EMS) within an organisation, it is usually desirable to apply for ISO 14001 certification, since this accreditation serves as evidence that you follow the correct processes and procedures in order to minimise your company's impact on the environment.
The benefits of ISO 14001 certification
As an ISO 14001 certified organisation, your company will enjoy the following benefits:
- Increased Consumer Trust - Customers and clients will be more inclined to choose you over similar suppliers, since your 'ISO 14001 certified' status marks you out as an environmentally-conscious choice.
- New Business - In addition to the above, some contracts in certain sectors are only available to suppliers with ISO 14001 status, so your environmental management system may well open some new doors that were closed to your company in the past.
- Reduced Waste - By implementing an EMS that conforms to ISO 14001 requirements, you will reduce wastage within your organisation, thus lowering costs as well as reducing your environmental impact.
If you would like to find out more about ISO 14001 certification (and how we at ISO Accelerator can help you to achieve it in the shortest possible timeframe), please contact us today.
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Are you thinking of hiring an ISO-certified company? Before you do, it may be worth checking to ensure that they really do hold ISO 9001 accreditation.
In order to verify your potential supplier's ISO certificate, you will first need to request a copy of the certificate itself. Most companies will have no qualms about providing this - after all, if they've genuinely put in the effort to get certified, what do they have to hide?
There are a number of things that will give you a clue as to the validity (or otherwise) of the certificate. These include the name and stamp of an accreditation body, date on the certificate, and specific details on which processes and premises are certified. In particular, be wary of any certificate that is out of date or was not actually issued by the certification company named on the certificate (indeed, you may wish to contact the certification company yourself to check whether the certificate in question is a fake).
However, if the certificate was issued by ISO Accelerator, you don't have to worry about any of the above.
Here's how to check the validity of an ISO 9001 certificate using our handy ISO Certificate Checker:
- Obtain a copy of the certificate in question.
- Go to iso-accelerator.co.uk/learn-more/iso-certification-checker and enter the certificate number.
- Click Check Certificate to find out whether or not the certificate is valid.
It really is as simple as that! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for assistance.
Looking to achieve ISO certification for your own organisation? ISO Accelerator can help you to get certified fast - click here to find out how it works.
ISO 9001 certification doesn't have to be complicated.
If you're new to the world of quality management and ISO accreditation, it can all seem dizzyingly complex, but rest assured that there is an easy way to get certified with minimal effort and expenditure.
Here at ISO Accelerator, we aim to make ISO 9001 certification as fast and as easy as possible for small- to medium-sized enterprises.
Getting certified via ISO Accelerator means:
- No need for time-consuming consultation sessions
- Minimal resources spent to achieve ISO 9001 status
- Competitive pricing - save money on certification
The certification process made easy
In order to get certified via ISO Accelerator, simply follow these steps:
- Fill out our online application form.
- Work with us remotely to develop an ISO-compliant QMS (Quality Management System).
- Complete a Self-Declaration of Conformance to verify that you have implemented your QMS.
- Send the Self-Declaration back to us - we will issue your ISO 9001 certificate once we have received it.
Read more: How does it work and how long does it take?
If you have any questions about the ISO 9001 process and how our fast-track system makes it as easy as can be to get certified, please don't hesitate to contact us today.
Achieving ISO 9001 certification can be a challenging undertaking, and given the costs and other requirements associated with getting certified, some business owners do find themselves asking: is it really worth it?
Obviously, the answer to that question ultimately depends on the exact nature of your organisation (what you do, how many people you employ, what sort of customers you serve, and so on). However, in the vast majority of circumstances, ISO 9001 is very worthwhile - here are some of the benefits that certified companies enjoy:
- Increased customer confidence. Achieving ISO 9001 accreditation demonstrates your commitment to quality and to outstanding customer service. Potential clients will take this into account, and in the end, it may well be the thing that drives them to choose you over one of your competitors.
- New opportunities. ISO 9001 certification is a requirement for many organisations, and you will need to hold ISO accreditation if you wish to win work from any of these businesses. Getting certified will open new doors for your company and allow you to take on contracts that would otherwise have gone to somebody else.
- Better, more efficient processes. In order to achieve ISO 9001 certification, you will need to plan and implement an effective QMS (Quality Management System) within your organisation. No matter how large or small your company is, a good QMS will reduce wastage and improve every part of your operation, enabling you to work better as a business and deliver a higher-quality service.
If you're thinking of applying for ISO 9001 certification, remember that ISO Accelerator is the quickest, easiest, most cost-effective way to do it. Our fast-track certification service eliminates many of the costs and delays that come with getting accredited - click here to learn more.