The ISO 9001 standard is a recognised worldwide standard that an organisation can use to help improve its overall performance and to demonstrate its commitment to quality. In order to achieve ISO 9001 certification, a business must first develop and implement a stringent quality management system (QMS). The implementation of a quality management system is often a strategic decision. An effective quality management system can help an organisation to:
- demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services
- enhance customer satisfaction
If the QMS fulfils the requirements of ISO 9001, the company can then obtain independent certification in order to demonstrate this to potential customers.
But is ISO 9001 certification still relevant in the year 2021? Do decision-makers still look for the ISO certificate when seeking companies to do business with, or is it a relic of a different time? With the help of the World Wide Web, we can now find out almost anything about a given company with just a few keystrokes - so is there any reason for businesses to go to the trouble of getting certified in this day and age?
Why ISO certification still matters
The truth is that, while the Internet has made information easier to find than ever before, it can still be difficult to spot high-quality businesses. Anyone can set up a website and tell the world that they offer a particular product or service - but ISO 9001 certification demonstrates that your business has customer-focused processes in place and is dedicated to the pursuit of continuous improvement.
SEE ALSO: When Is The Next ISO 9001 Update?
The COVID-19 pandemic has made remote working far more widespread than it was before. In the past, when establishing a business relationship with a new client, supplier or service provider, you might have visited their head office and met key individuals in person; the coronavirus crisis has made that less feasible, so it's more important than ever to have a reliable means of evaluating a company's quality. ISO 9001:2015 certification can help you to achieve that.
If you would like to obtain ISO 9001:2015 certification for your business, ISO Accelerator can help you to get certified quickly while minimising costs. Click here to get started!
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Globalisation has forever changed the way the world does business. Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic has made cross-border movement more difficult in recent months, but people are being vaccinated, the tide is beginning to turn, and in the meantime, the Internet allows us to continue collaborating with people all over the world.
With more and more businesses working with clients and suppliers in other countries, there is a real and pressing need for solutions that transcend international borders. That's why independent global accreditation for SMEs is a key goal for us here at ISO Accelerator - we want to make it easy for quality businesses to:
- Obtain independent ISO management system certification
- Maintain certifications online with remote audits
- Quickly and easily confirm the status of a company’s independent ISO management system certification
Our Scan and See© authentication system (launched last month) is just one of several initiatives that will bring us closer to our goal of independent global accreditation. We already offer online certification to businesses all over the world - see How Does It Work? to find out how you can get certified remotely with ISO Accelerator.
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Keeping a close eye on ISO standards can eat up a lot of your time - which isn't ideal when you're trying to focus on growing your business. Here at ISO Accelerator, we work hard to ensure that we're constantly up to date with the latest version of each standard, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Our customers occasionally ask us how we're able to stay on top of all the latest ISO changes. We'd like to shed some light on that subject today.
How do we keep up with developments and changes in ISO standards?
In order to demonstrate our commitment to being at the forefront of the development of international standards, we decided it was important for ISO Accelerator to become a member of one of ISO's in-country representatives.
Since ISO Accelerator is a global company, we then had to determine which national standards body we wanted to join. We came to the conclusion that, because our international headquarters are located in the United Kingdom, BSI - ISO's member body in the UK - would be the best fit for us.
How does BSI membership benefit our customers?
ISO Accelerator's BSI membership demonstrates that we are:
- Committed to high standards
- Committed to performing better
- Committed to delivering excellence
But beyond that, our BSI membership also ensures that whenever standards like ISO 9001 are updated, we are among the first to hear about it.
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Why don't we just become an ISO member?
ISO is a global network of national standards bodies. There is only one member per country and each member represents ISO in its home country. It is important to understand that individuals and companies cannot become ISO members.
If you would like to benefit from our BSI membership and join one of the world's leading online certification companies, please contact ISO Accelerator to find out more about our remote ISO certification services.
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Implementing a quality management system (QMS) and achieving ISO 9001 certification is a great way to make your business more appealing to potential customers. This applies to businesses of all sizes - even if it's just you!
Regardless of whether your company has one hundred employees or just one, an ISO-compliant QMS will help you to work more efficiently, deliver better results, and win new business.
Here at ISO Accelerator, we can help sole traders, freelancers and other individuals to get ISO 9001 certified quickly.
Who can get certified with ISO Accelerator?
We offer a comprehensive set of services for individuals who...
- Need a QMS and ISO 9001 certification
- Already have a QMS in place and just need to get certified
- Are already certified, but want to reduce their certification costs
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ISO 9001 isn't just for big organisations with lots of different departments. Small businesses can also benefit from implementing a quality management system (QMS) and achieving ISO 9001 certification.
Related: What Is ISO 9001?
If you run a small business (i.e. one with fewer than 50 employees and a turnover under £10 million), ISO 9001 certification can benefit you and your company in a number of ways, such as...
Helping you to work more efficiently
A quality management system that meets ISO standards will help your business to achieve continuous improvement and reduce waste. Once your QMS has been implemented, it will help to ensure that all of your work has the maximum possible impact.
Making your customers happier
Better work means happier customers. Implementing and adhering to an ISO 9001-compliant QMS will help you to deliver a better service to the people who keep your business running.
Opening new doors
Some businesses only work with ISO 9001 certified suppliers, so depending on what sector you're in, achieving this certification can enable you to take on a whole host of new clients.
ISO Accelerator can help you to get certified quickly. Our remote ISO 9001 certification service is delivered entirely online, which means no time-consuming consultation sessions and no need for us to visit your premises. Call 02381 040269 to find out more.
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COVID-19 has been dominating the headlines for months now, but amid all the chaos and uncertainty, it's important to remember that we remain perched on the brink of a global climate catastrophe. In fact, a state of emergency has already been declared in many countries, states and cities around the world - a list can be found on Wikipedia.
Individuals and businesses alike must do their bit to mitigate climate change and preserve the plant for future generations. If you're looking for ways to make your organisation more sustainable, ISO Accelerator may be able to help you.
ISO Accelerator recently became a member of the British Standards Institute (BSI).
We promised that BSI membership would enable us to pass on a variety of benefits to our customers, and we're pleased to announce that BSI are currently promoting a 20% discount on BS EN ISO 9001 - Quality Management Systems.
This discount is available until the end of July. Purchasing the ISO 9001:2015 standard is the first step to achieving ISO 9001 certification.
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Launched in 2018, the DVSA earned recognition scheme offers businesses a way to demonstrate that they are meeting driver and vehicle standards. Those who hold earned recognition status are less likely to be stopped for inspections, plus it makes the recognised organisation stand out from the competition.
Earned recognition status is bestowed by DVSA authorised audit providers. If you want to become an authorised audit provider, you will need to have:
- A high level of professionalism
- Specialist knowledge of transport and operator licensing
- Certain qualifications, as outlined in the Code of Practice
- A quality management system in place within 12 months of authorisation
We at ISO Accelerator can help you with that final point. If you do not currently have a quality management system (QMS) in place, we can provide a QMS and help you to achieve ISO 9001 certification quickly. This will make it easy for you to demonstrate that you have met this requirement and are ready to become a DVSA authorised audit provider
Contact ISO Accelerator today to find out how we can help you with your quality management system. The whole process takes place online, so there's no need for time-consuming site visits or face-to-face consultation sessions.
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Two terms we frequently come across here at ISO Accelerator - and which many people seem to get mixed up - are remote ISO audit and remote ISO assessment.
Let's take a quick look at what those two phrases mean. They're not entirely synonymous, so it's useful to know the difference.
Unless you are already using a USAS-accredited certification body, the answer is probably yes.
During the outbreak of COVID-19, we have seen a number of UK-based certification bodies switch to remote auditing. The problem with this is that you, the customer, are most likely still paying for their huge overheads.
ISO Accelerator was set up from day one to conduct ISO certification audits remotely. This means that our costs are lower, and we pass those savings on to our customers.